Determining What to Sell and What to Throw Away

Clearing Clutter

Clutter has a way of taking over a home, if you let it. It creeps in and you don’t even notice it until you stop, take a good, hard look around and see that every area of the home is filled with something. Many of the items may be things that you don’t love, want or even use anymore. When this happens it’s time to decide what to sell and what to throw away.

Baby items, kid’s toys, and kid’s clothes
If you want to make some extra money go through your kid’s clothes and toys, and any baby items you may have.

Make sure these items are clean and in good shape, then list them online, or have a yard sale. Children’s items often attract a lot of attention, especially, clothing.

The exception is cribs, you may want to toss these due to safety concerns. New safety features are added often, and an older crib may be a danger, it’s better to throw it away.

Hunting and fishing items

Hunting and fishing items are great money makers on yard sales, or online sites. If you have something great, like custom built long range rifles, you definitely do not want to throw that away. Something like custom built long range rifles, could bring in thousands of dollars.

The same holds true for your rods and reels, list those and get some money for them. Small items, like one or two lures, or some hooks, might not be worth the hassle of selling. However, if you have a large collection of miscellaneous items, put them together and sell the entire lot.

Household goods
If you have a lot of pot, pans, dishes and other household items, try hosting a yard sale when college students are set to come back. Many of them are looking for inexpensive items to furnish their off campus apartment.

If your items aren’t in great shape, or they’re worn, and stained, throw them away. Don’t hold on to them and let them take up space in the house.

Books
Sadly, books aren’t as popular as they once were. These days people seem to prefer to do their reading on a tablet, or online. Unless you have books that you know are valuable, it’s unlikely that you’ll get much, if anything for them.

However, you don’t have to throw them away. Donate books to assisted living centers, doctor’s offices, even libraries may be interested in some of your books. If you have a lot of old children’s books, check with your local elementary school library, they might be happy to take them off your hands. You’ll free up space in your house, and you’ll be helping others.

Use the above tips to help you clear the clutter out of your house. You may even be able to make some money that you can put toward a vacation or something else that you’ve been wanting.