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Turning Clutter Into Cash

  Many people have trouble decluttering because they see their clutter as piles of cash that they spent. I know that I am less of an impulse shopper now that I have given away items that I had to have but then never used. Decluttering is humbling. You realize you have more than you need and often wish you could have a "do over" and get that money back. Before the great recession of 2008, I could make a great deal of money back on my used items through garage sales, eBay sales and consignment stores. But since the recession - many people have joined the resale community and driven down the price people are willing to pay for used items. This spring as you are decluttering your house, set up a selling and donation staging area. You can earn some summer fun money by taking your items to various resale shops. 1. Garage Sales If you have a LOT to get rid of, you may want to consider a garage sale. I have had good luck with selling furniture, children's items and craft supplies. If you are going to have a garage sale - set up an area of your home NOW to start collecting your "treasures." Set a date and work like crazy to have all of your decluttering done by that date. {NOTE for 3 years I had garage sales in the spring and fall. It took me 6 garage sales to get my clutter to a manageable level!} Set up EARLY and be prepared for people to come even earlier. I usually have mine on a Friday from 8-2 and Saturday 8-12. I don't even price my items anymore. You can [...]