Declutter your life, and in the process, let me show you how to reap back lots of cash.
I absolutely loved reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. As a person who loves organization and cleanliness, plus who used to live in Japan, it just really clicked for me.
Am I going to clean out my purse (which nowadays is the diaper bag) everyday? No, not anytime soon.
However, I still took a lot out of the book and out of the KonMari Method.
Always looking at things with a money slant, the one thing I couldn’t help but notice was the author’s eagerness to have her clients toss out all of those belongings in trash bags.
I believe she mentions two times that some of them can be donated, but in general, she doesn’t talk about extracting the most out of your old belongings before chucking them to the curb.
Well, quite frankly, if I’m going to be ditching my belongings I want to get whatever monetary value I can out of them.If I'm going to be ditching my belongings I want to get whatever monetary value I can out of them. Click To Tweet
A few months ago I discussed ways to reap the most amount of money when selling gently used, brand name clothing that no longer sparks joy in your life.
What about the other items in your home that you’re bound to part with once you start a KonMari cleansing?
Let’s see if the following articles can’t help you reap some monetary benefit when you declutter your life.
My family went through a Tupperware selling phase when I was a teenager. And since I’m such an organization junkie, you can bet I grew quite the collection in my hope chest. Twenty years later, my collection was a bit worse for wear. Not all of it, of course, but certain pieces. So, I decided to test out Tupperware’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.
The result? I ended up spending just $8.29 out of pocket for replacement products that would have cost me $59.85 (of course I had paid for them at one point; but with my family’s consulting discounts and 20 years’ worth of inflation, I think I came out ahead).
This one is useful, especially for cleaning out the garage (even more useful to declutter your life of all those extraneous home renovation projections over the years). We’ve had a growing pile of scrap metal in our garage from various home projects, and this week, I scrapped the metal for cash!
Here’s what went into the back of our truck: the old sink from the laundry room, the old garbage disposal we had to replace, the old faucet from the laundry room, four very burnt stove-top metal parts that we replaced (alas, the new ones are all ready burning as well….), and a rusted and bent tomato cage. I reaped $17.13 from this!
I never knew that there was a market for old, non-working appliances until we bought our first home and were stuck with a subpar kegerator. Moldy tubing, bad product, huge energy guzzler…yuck. Someone gave us $25 for it! Not only that, but they picked it up and out of our lives. Now that’s KonMari-approved, and certainly something you want to do if you declutter your life).
My husband works in IT. So we tend to build up huge electronic graveyards that he doesn’t want to part with. It’s like Carrie Bradshaw with shoes, but with tech: spare parts, non-working parts, outdated electronics, cords galore…it’s kind of ridiculous.
To help declutter our life, I go through the process of liquidating our electronic graveyard, reaping $107 cash, $25.99 in tax deductions, $4 store credit to the Office Depot, and 150 points for my Recyclebank account.
Recently I also went through the process of selling my old cell phone. Only received $0.25, but it’s better than putting it in the trash (free shipping as well).
We’ve sold our books to Half Priced Books for years. It doesn’t reap much money though (a whole bagful once got us about $8.60). A better way to liquidate books we no longer want is to use PaperBackSwap. I’ve found that, including the cost to ship my books to other people who want to read them, I can get the books I want to get my hands on for an average of $2.99 each.
Did you think your jewelry box was immune to the KonMari method? Perhaps you’ve got lots of old-boyfriend jewelry in there. That’s what I had, and once I got engaged, I figured I should liquidate that and use the cash to go towards our honeymoon. An act of love, if you will.
As you can see, there are all sorts of ways to reap money when you declutter your life after reading about the KonMari method. I just have one piece of advice: make sure you put a deadline for how long you’ll take to research, sell, and otherwise distribute the belongings. Otherwise, they might just sit in a pile in the corner of your living room for four months (wouldn’t know anything about that; probably why the author feels you should just toss away as soon as possible!).
Tune in next week where I reveal a 30-Day KonMari Cash Out Challenge I took (which, admittedly, ended up being several months), and how much we reaped in the process.