In the past few weeks, household chores have taken a backseat to real life. While I’ve been doing the usual cleaning, vacuuming and dusting duties, the straightening up portion of the exercise has been all but forgotten. And as I look around our home, I see a lot of stuff that’s unnecessarily taking up space or out of place.
For one, there are a LOT of books. And 99 percent of the time, after I finish a book, it just goes in the bookcase, never to be touched again. Then there’s the pile of unopened junk mail that needs to be shredded, papers to be filed, laundry to be put away. I’ve managed to load and turn on the (full) dishwasher, and wash the pots and pans. Putting things in their place is going to have to wait another day or two.
But some of the clutter can help us make some money — sometimes, clutter is my friend.
Making Clutter Work For You
Well, in reality, clutter can’t *do* anything. It’s definitely not going to clean itself up and clear out of your home — unless you give it a little help. Put that “stuff” to work and make some money off of it!
I’m not talking about getting rid of cherished keepsakes. I’m talking about all the other things in your possess, things that once had your attention but now just sit there, taking up room. Remember that awesome treadmill you bought yourself, swearing up and down you’d get enough use out of it to justify the cost? I’m willing to wager that its current purpose is serving as a very expensive clothes hanger. Instead of letting it sit there, taking up room, why not see if you can sell it? Put an ad on Craigslist, FreeCycle or a local message board, and see if anyone’s willing to take it off your hands.
I usually sell my books. My first stop is Cash4Books.net. In the past year, I’ve netted $75 or so. It’s not a large sum, but it’s $75 we didn’t have before. They’re a bit picky about what they take, but I’ve had some success with paperbacks and hardcovers. A friend has suggested listing the excess books on Half.com, which I plan to do when I have some free time.
For clothes, I donate them to Goodwill or the Red Cross. I get rid of them and also feel good about the donation.
Furniture, picture frames, old signs — anything that you deem “clutter” could be another person’s treasure. Have a garage sale, post in for sale online. The rewards are two-fold — you get money AND you minimalize your stuff. I could never go as minimal as Red does over at Girl With the Red Balloon, but I’d like to free myself of some of this extra stuff cluttering our home before it gets out of hand.