One thing our family has been working really hard on lately is decluttering our house. With three kids, three dogs, and a husband you can imagine the amount of clutter that has taken over our house. My husband and I look around the house with all the scattered items and it really baffles us! We haven’t even really been BUYING that much stuff lately. We’ve come to the conclusion that our clutter has been having little clutter babies when we sleep because that has to be why our house is so desperately needing a good decluttering!
No, seriously. Over the last few months hubby and I have been on a buying moritorium (aka you can’t buy crap….zip….zilch…nada) It’s one of the ways we are trying to stop all the clutter coming into the house while we try to get rid of the things we no longer use; things the kids have outgrown, and things we just aren’t into anymore. (Alright, you super sleuths we did technically just buy another dog, but could YOU say no to this face? Meet Sapphire our Pug puppy here)
Over the last few months, we’ve been sharing a lot of decluttering tips with you to help you and your family get your life in order too! It’s time that the stuff you have in your house cease to be one of the reasons you are ready to pull your hair out! Things don’t bring joy (well things in bulk anyway) , awesome people do! Before I tell you two super simple, easy, top secret questions you need to ask yourself when you are decluttering, head over to this blog post and print this fun decluttering checklist. It’s a great tool to have with you when you are trying to stay organized will removing clutter from your house!
Now are you ready to get to some clutter busting? If you are anything like me, it can be hard to know which items to get rid of. Many times things in our house have such fond memories attached to them, and each time we see or touch that item it kinda jogs our memories about that time in our lives. Sometimes we keep stuff because we fear if we get rid of it, we won’t remember anymore, but at some point all of those items that used to cause us joy start to give us an ulcer as we start to hoard more and more stuff. (Yes, you! I’m talking to you!)
It’s time we took back our power over clutter so we don’t end up on an episode of Hoarders. My super top secret way to do that is eBay. No joke. Totally serious. No eBay is not just for buying more awesome stuff. They are also a great place to SELL stuff. Since we had so much from our yard sale this season the items that we didn’t sell, and would do well on eBay, we sold on eBay to help us get rid of all the clutter in our house! Heck back in the day, I used eBay to resell my like-new maternity clothes once the girls were born.
Now that you are all stoked to sell, how the heck do you decide WHAT to sell? That’s where those two magical questions come in! These were two questions that I came up with when I was selling items for my garage sale, and according to Marie Kondo (a professional organizer) I was pretty on point with these two questions. Each item that you are looking to get items out of your house, ask these two questions:
1. Does this item bring you joy? I’m talking about “I would be devastated, curl up in a fetal position and cry kinda devastated, if this item was not in my house.”
2. Can I resell it?
If you answer no to number one, and yes to number two eBay Valet here you come! Those two simple questions will save you the ulcer feeling like the bad guy, plus you can get your kids to help as well. Trust me, they will be a great help for question number one. Plus, did you know the average household has 52 items laying around the house that they know longer use worth $4,000!!! Just think of that! (You are eyeballing your things right now aren’t you?! Yup, me too!)
If you need any more help, Marie Kondo even made this awesome eBay tips guide to help you declutter your house and get yourself organized. Grab these great decluttering tips here. Plus, you can go to eBay and get more awesome tips from here that are exclusive for eBay users! Here’s some highlights of these great tips.
- These tips uncover the secrets to de-cluttering your home and discovering money that may be hiding where you least expect it, making cleaning out/cashing in on eBay a fun parent-child bonding experience. Discover how to unlock the “magic of tidying” and then sell items on eBay – making extra money for fall essentials and holiday shopping.
- The tips are available for download exclusively at , featured in the “People Want What You Got” section of eBay’s website serving as an ongoing resource for parents to download.
The biggest question Quirky Inspired peeps, is what you are going to declutter first. I’ve already printed my first Valet pre-paid label, and will even update this post with how much I sold on eBay without hardly lifting a finger.
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Jean Bowen says
Checklist is the most useful thing in this situation. I declutter my home every year. It is amazing how many stuff we have and don`t use. Greetings!
Debbie C. says
I checked out the eBay Valet and unfortunately, they only accept items worth $40 or more. Also, only high end name brand clothes and first edition books. Unfortunately, most of the items I need to sell do not qualify! I personally have not had a lot of luck selling items on eBay, so basically am back to square one. Any thoughts?
Ash Sears says
Debbie, Total bummer to hear that. Another idea is LetGo. It’s a new app that I’ve tried. It’s kinda like Craigslist BUT it’s an app you share photos. I made over $200 in a matter of days!
There’s an app called OfferUp, go to Playstore, You can sell anything and set your own price,is Awesome, Better then having a Yardsale.