Last week I shared my tips on how to sort through your excess clutter. Sometimes it’s hard to make a decision on whether you should donate, sell or throw away an item.
We struggled with this when sorting through my mums items because we knew she valued everything, it was hard to pick something up that she had kept for so long and throw it in the trash, but it had to be done, Dad couldn’t take it to his new home. There was so much to sort through, but the most important thing was that we only wanted to handle everything once, so when we picked it up we decided if we wanted to donate, sell or throw it away.
In this case I am saying we, as my dad, brothers and I sorted through everything of mums together, we often came across something that reminded us of our childhood, which was a great time to reminisce Also by doing it together meant that we could have the one-touch rule in place and we weren’t throwing, donating or selling something that one of us perhaps wanted to hold onto.
Tips to sell or donate your clutter
Tips to know what to sell
There are different ways in which you can sell your items, via ebay, gumtree or through a garage sale (I will share my garage sale tips in the next few days). The key to working out whether to sell or donate ultimately comes up to how much time you have to sell them and is it worth that time?
What to sell
- Items in working order
- Good quality
- Unique and quirky
- Video games
- Craft items
- See how much your item sells for on ebay. Read here how to do this.
- If the item sold for a reasonable amount consider if you are willing to then spend time listing that product on ebay or gumtree. Remembering that ebay charges a small fee when listing with them.
- If the item is not worth your time to sell than donate it
- Do you have enough items to have a garage sale
- Do you have the time to set up and promote the sale
- Do you have the room to have a garage sale
Tips to know what to donate
If you don’t have time to sell an item donate it to your local charity. Be humbled at this remarkable gesture to be helping another family or person in need. One bag of old clothes to you is a bag of new clothes for warmth and comfort to another.
Be kind to the charity that you are donating to and don’t give them junk, old clothes with holes, tupperware with no lids etc. This should be thrown in the trash.
A good rule of thumb to decide between donating:
- it is in working order
- does not need repairing/mending
- good quality
- is clean
For large items such a furniture your charity may come and collect it for you.