Tips on Decluttering and How It Can Benefit You Financially
At one point, we’ve found ourselves in the middle of a cluttered space in our house – whether that’s your closet, the kitchen, or bedroom. Not only is it unpleasant to look at, but it can also be mentally stressful. Clutter makes a great breeding ground for various pests and insects and poses hazards to our health. You don’t want that, do you? So, a regular declutter session is important. Aside from a clean home overall and a stress-free mind, you can also make money out of the unused items you find. That would be amazing, right? So here are some tips to help you declutter and earn you some extra bucks, too!
You Can Sell Off Old Things On eBay
The best thing about decluttering is that you find loads of stuff that have hardly been used — a cute dress you swore you were going to use every day, a pair of sturdy boots, or an old but fully functioning laptop. While you can keep some of them, you can definitely sell the rest of the unwanted items on eBay or Craigslist. Don’t throw them away unless they’re completely damaged beyond repair. If you can’t be bothered to sell them, you can always donate these unwanted items to Goodwill or Salvation Army (remember: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure).
You Can Save Money By Rotating Old Toys For Your Kids
One problem that every parent faces is their kid’s constant demand for new toys. More often than not, most of these toys are forgotten in about a month’s time or until the kids get new ones. So the wise thing to do here is to keep some toys packed up in your attic. Once the little ones get tired of playing with their current toys, take out the ones you stored away instead of buying new ones. That way, your kids won’t be bored and be happy, and you won’t end up spending your hard-earned dollars on new toys.
You Don’t Have to Go to the Grocery Store All the Time
When you find forgotten jars of jam, salsa, or boxes of cereals all hiding in some clutter in your pantry, your trips to the grocery store will be a lot less expensive. When there is clutter, it is hard for us to find what we are looking for. And when we can’t find them, we end up going to the store and buying a new one instead. Trust us, we have all been there and done that. But by decluttering and organizing your pantry, it will look much cleaner and hygienic than before, and since you found all those jars and extra cans of food, you won’t have to take constant trips to the grocery!
You Don’t Have to Rent A Storage Unit
At some point, we realize we have several piece of furniture that we don’t use or stacks of books and CDs that we’ve lost interest in, so we tend to rent a storage unit where we can dump all these unused items. But through decluttering, we can both save and earn from these items — sell/donate the ones we don’t need and save the money we would have used for a storage unit.
You Can Keep Track Of Expenses And Bills
Keeping your house clean and organized means you can find everything where they should be, making it easier to locate bills and receipts. With that, you can easily keep track of your expenses and your payment due dates. Some of these bills might be important as missing the due date means paying up more than the actual amount. Imagine the amount of money you can save just by keeping track of expenses and paying bills in time.
You Can Move To A Smaller Apartment
When you have finally cleaned up your house, it might seem like the house is too big for you. If you feel that way, maybe moving to a small space is a good idea. If you move to a smaller apartment or condo, you can save up on your rent, too!
You Can Get Tax Deductions For Your Donations
Not all of your stuff can be sold off, so you can donate the rest. The best part is the government recognizes your good deed by giving you tax deductions. When you donate your stuff to charitable organizations, they keep a tab on the total worth of goods you’ve donated, giving you tax benefits based on that amount.
Nothing good can come off clutter. Even if it is a tedious job for you, do it at least once in two to three months. When you start earning money by selling off stuff or realizing the amount of savings you get, you might never want to stop!
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