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How I Made $2,145 Last Month By Decluttering

How I made $2,145 last month by Decluttering, and you can likewise!Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few years agone I began a journey towards minimalism.  And not the weird sort where you slumber on the storey as well as only have got i plate as well as ane fork, but a sort where I interrogation all my possessions together with instruct rid of the material I don’t need.

I had read a few books that were getting me inspired and then I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Joshua Becker who is i of the premier minimalism authors out at that location.  Spending fourth dimension together was refreshing on a whole lot of levels, but as far every fleck this article is concerned he helped spur me on to pick out major activeness inward this administration.

I honestly got rid of all the materials alone for the benefit of having a clearer psyche and fewer distractions. Do I genuinely demand eighteen clit-upward shirts or 23 pairs of shoes?  I decided that I didn’t as well as since getting rid of 75% of my wearing wearing apparel, I at introduce am left amongst only the stuff I really beloved together with everyday I relish what I article of clothing in add-on to don’t experience guilty close that shirt that I bought but never have on because it is a piddling besides big.

Anyway, I don’t want to turn this into a minimalism post, go read Joshua’s spider weblog for that.

But, the wonderful side benefit of all this is that I made $ii,145 inward xxx days selling materials that I didn’t 50-50 wishing whatsoever to a greater extent than!

How I did it

Since we decluttered every room in the house, I chose to focus on items that I expected to make at least $25 from.  If I didn’t think I could sell it for that, then it went to a local thrift store for a taxation write off.

Additionally, as I was decluttering I was asking myself if I knew anyone who would love this particular item.  If someone came to mind, that item became a gift (a seed sown) to bless that person. It is really fun when you can give something that y'all were going to start rid of anyway as well as brand someone else smile!

All inward all, I sold the items using 3 dissimilar websites:

I will laissez passer on away into details of each below.

1. Bookscouter.com

This video outlines the procedure that I used:


This site allows you lot to type inwards an ISBN disclose of a mass together with it tells you how much each of the 44 top volume-buying websites testament pay you for your volume.  As you lot tin sentiment inwards the prototype below, this is what some of the sites are offering for the Total Money Makeover.

Selling books at bookscouter

I had built upward a pretty large library of books inwards add-on to decided that I only wanted to maintain the most essential books.  I got rid of in all likelihood 600+ books.  Since fourth dimension is valuable, utilization their app to input the books a whole lot quicker.  You won’t wishing to type inward 600+ ISBN numbers – I promise.

I establish that every fleck I scanned the books a few of the volume buyback companies seemed to continually exist popping upwards.  So, for simplicity sake I ended upwards simply sending all the books (that were worth anything) to 3 different companies. So I wasn’t ever getting the highest payout on a especial book, but I wanted to minimize the number of shipments that I sent out.

For each of the book buyback companies that I used, all I had to do was print a unproblematic shipping label from my computer, throw all the books into a unmarried box as good as too then drib it off at the UPS store.  Shipping was liberate as good as I was paid via Paypal within ii weeks.

I was trying to figure out which books had value too why likewise I never could really boom it downwardly.   Some of my highest value books were new, some were sometime, some were rare, besides some were popular.  But I tin terminate state amongst confidence that most books you scan will be worth $0.  Of the 600+ books I purged, in all probability 500 were worth $0 inward improver to went to Goodwill.

If you want to see how it works, grab a book and you lot tin give detect endeavor them out hither.

Bookselling Total = $179 

ii. Craigslist.org

Selling on Craigslist is so tardily it is unbelievable.  All I did was usage my band to receive got pictures of the items I wanted to sell together with inward improver to so I used the CPlus Iphone app to create the listings inward minutes (you flame also but email the pictures to yourself together with create the listing on your estimator every bit well).

listing on craigslist

As you lot fire consider inward the epitome to a higher position, you lot but striking the “post to classifieds” link inwards improver to too then but follow the unproblematic instructions.  Less than v minutes afterwards you lot should concur your listing upwards inwards plus to running.

With pricing, I similar to search craigslist to opinion what others are selling similar items for as well as usage that as a guess of how to toll the item.  If you genuinely desire to sell it rapidly, but toll it lower than everyone else.  It is that unproblematic.

Also, everyone on Craigslist wants to acquire a bargain.  So add some wiggle room into your harm as good as when they inquire you lot if yous are willing to negotiate, but knock of 10% or thus together with most times everyone is happy.

A alert: unfortunately there are a lot of scammers who employ Craigslist every bit their platform of selection.  It is unfortunate because I hold got met therefore many wonderful people on Craigslist. Regardless, I would suggest yous:

  1. to ONLY purchase as well as sell with cash.  No checks, money orders, western union, paypal or anything else.  Cash only.

  2. to come across inward a globe location (similar a gas station) when making the transaction.

Personally, I refuse to let the scammers win.  99% of the people using Craigslist are overnice people like yous in add-on to I, as well as I decline to permit the few bad apples ruin the platform for me.

TIP: you will almost always acquire a higher cost for an item if you sell it on Ebay rather than Craigslist because you lot are advertising your items to the whole globe rather than precisely your neighborhood.  That said, heavy too large items oftentimes construct more than sense with Craigslist because you tin avoid transport charges. 


These are the items I sold on Craigslist as good as what I got for them.

Studio Lighting Kit$90
Graco Contempo highchair$lxxx
Black amusement heart / TV stand$50
Crate 4×12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet$lx
Sony Stereo$100
Vintage Desk$100
Chiminea (Fire Pit)$xxx
Werner 8 pes fiberglass ladder$lxx
Black Decker Mini-Fridge$90
Mountain Bike 26 X xix-Inch –$xc
Craigslist Total$760

3. Ebay.com

I have done a lot of Ebay selling over the years and it also has become VERY easy to list items.  It used to be a lot more time-consuming and cumbersome, but it is almost as simple as listing on Craigslist.  I wrote a post about how to sell on ebay and even how to showtime an Ebay line that you lot give the axe bank check out if you lot demand to a greater extent than information.

Check out those links for more details, but I will say that it is probably worth your time to search for the item you are wanting to sell to see if people are buying it.  You can used the advanced search expanse to select completed listings as well as this volition introduce you lot if your item is truly selling together with what people are paying for it.

selling on Ebay

Ebay similar a shot allows yous to pay for likewise print send labels at once from your information processor. Then all you have got got to exercise is driblet them off at UPS, Fedex, or USPS.


These are the items I sold on Ebay inwards addition to what I got for them.

Old Cell band$102
Guitar Effects Pedal$137
DVD Set$fifteen
Fitbit One$lxxx
Carvin Electric Guitar$317
Leather Briefcase$277
Sony Bookshelf Speakers$55
Yamaha Subwoofer$fifty
Lace Sensor Guitar Pickup$threescore
Fralin Guitar Pickups$212
Leather moccasins$35
Ebay Total$1,206

Wrapping it all upward

I didn’t rails how much fourth dimension I spent on all this, but if I had to guess I would inwards all probability bet seven-8 hours spent taking pictures, creating listings, packing boxes, driving to post office, coming together amongst craigslisters, etc.  Even if I am off on my calculations together with it took me 10 hours, that nets out to over $200/lx minutes ($2145/10 hours) inwards plus to that ain’t as well shabby!

I honestly was pretty blown away at 1) how tedious it all was and ii) how much coin I made from it.  So hopefully it inspires yous to dig inward also thought what yous tin sell.  If it does, allow me know how it goes for yous!

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