We try to keep things under control but for some reason it seems to happen to all families, regardless if we’re a family of three or a family of thirteen.
Sometimes we simply don’t want to toss our unwanteds into the trash because, well, they’re still quite useable and we’d love to see them go to people who could benefit from them.
We’ve compiled seven clever ways of getting rid of your unwanted things without trashing them. You’re welcome.
If you have the time to take pictures of your items and list them online, then Ebay is the #1 way to go to get rid of your unwanted items and make a few bucks off of them in the process.
You’ll reach a worldwide audience and have the chance to make some decent side change in the process.
It’s super easy to sign up for an Ebay account — in under ten minutes you can be signed up and have your first item listed.
You’ll also want to sign up for a PayPal account so that you can get paid for your items securely. That too only takes a few minutes and you’ll be up and running.
Perfect for selling larger things (think dining room table) and if you want to only deal with locals.
You list your item(s) free of charge, you’ll just have to create a Craigslist account which is simple and free, and then add a picture and your phone number and/or email address for potential buyers to contact you.
Craigslist.org works best for when you have large items you’d prefer to sell to local buyers that can haul the items away for you.
The plus to donating your things is that you are able to take a tax write-off on the total amount donated.
Donating your unwanteds also has valuable learning potential for your kids. You can have them help you gather up anything and everything to be donated to those less fortunate.
Plenty of places would love to give your things to those in need: think women’s shelters, hospitals, clinics, churches, and daycares.
4. Consignment Shops
If it’s clothes and toys that you’re mostly looking for new homes for then a consignment or resale shop may be your best bet.
You bring your things there, the clerks go through your bags and take what they can resell.
You’ll get either a lump sum upfront, a store credit, or a percentage of the price of your item once it sells.
It may take some time to see any money if you choose a check from the percentage of the sale, but if you’re not in any hurry then resale shops are a great idea.
5. Yard Sale
Totally free for you and you don’t have to haul your stuff anywhere to sell it.
Simply set up shop right in your front yard and get to selling.
Passerbyers will stop and you can haggle a price for your unwanted merchandise.
If you have older kids, have them set up a table where they sell their own items (with your supervision of course) and let them keep the money they get to buy new things.
Yard sales work best in the warmer months so you might want to plan decluttering in the spring and summer to maximize your earning potential.
6. Trade Your Goods
If you aren’t crafty but know someone who is, then they may find your unwanted stuff to be a treasure trove for their creative side. You never know what an artist can do with an old table, an old TV, or an old couch.
Or perhaps your neighbors or family members have children close in age that you can trade clothes with. If not, then ask around at your childrens’ school or visit ThreadUp.org.
There’s always good old fashioned recycling to turn to when you want to get rid of your things.
Everything from refrigerators to TVs to mattress sets can be recycled free of charge.
If you’re unsure of where to bring your things for recycling, simply check with your local town hall. They’ll have tons of resources for you along with being able to point you in the right direction of the nearest recycling plant.
About the author: Danielle is a professional blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, and web content editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, start-ups, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.