If you’ve moved to a different residence a time or two (or seventeen in our case!) in your life, you are probably familiar with how easy it is to accumulate stuff. It’s common for people to say they will never again have so much stuff, only to find themselves in the same position a few years down the line when they’re ready to move again.

We gave away 3 trailer loads full of items on our last move and we still have way too much!

It can be incredibly frustrating to feel closed-in by your clutter. You know that downsizing some of your items and organizing things a bit can lead to a more comfortable, less stressful home.

Don’t forget that you can actually gain quite a bit of cash during this process, as well. Selling the things you no longer use can add up to a pretty penny if you know how to do it strategically.

Read on to learn some ways to gain both comfort and cash when you declutter your home.

Start With the Storage Areas

Where do you keep most of the things you own, but no longer use? Yep, it’s all in the basement, attic, garage, shed, storage unit or closet. It doesn’t matter where you store your stuff, what matters is the bounty you can find there.

Storage bins are also treasure troves of long-forgotten items that may hold some value. Set aside the things you no longer use, but that might fetch a decent price.

Check Out the Kitchen

Dig through your cupboards to see what kinds of finds are hiding in there. Look particularly closely at the bottom cupboards and in the back to discover those gadgets or pieces that may not have been all that handy for you, but that a serious baker or collector would love.

Sort Through Your Clothing

Clothes can be worth quite a bit of money if they’re in good shape and are a coveted brand name. Even items without designer labels can add up to a bit of cash if you have a lot to sell. Places like consignment shops, online swap sites or even yard sales are suitable for selling clothing. Again, eBay and Craigslist are also options, but they could be more time consuming.

Gather Your Gadgets

Old electronic devices can often maintain their value. You’d be surprised what you can get from even broken gadgets that others can use for parts. Gather up your unused or broken electronics, and then do a little research to see what they’re going for. Amazon and eBay have programs that pay cash for electronic devices or you can market them to individual sellers on the sites. A Google search can lead you to other sites that buy these things. Be sure to take time to compare so you get the highest payout possible.

Here are some places you can trade in your gadgets:

Selling your old stuff for cash really isn’t as intimidating as it may seem, and it’s frequently worth your time. You’ll be thrilled when you have the cash in your pocket and a clutter-free home, as well.


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