I’ve been on a konmari journey for almost a year and it has really changed the way I shop and declutter. Am I completely organized in every room in my house? Alas, no. It’s a struggle to keep up the good fight and if you came over unexpectedly you would not be allowed to walk into half of the rooms. Having children means the clutter battle is real, they never want to get rid of anything. The konmari experience did teach me to reevaluate my possessions and encourage me to let go of multiples that I held on to “in case”. Letting go meant taking items to thrift stores, but it also meant consignment, eBay, and craigslist. Using the konmari strategy put over $1000 pack in my bank account. Seriously.
Of course, if you are not a clutterbug hoarder collector to begin with you won’t have as much to purge, therefore not as much to sell. Congratulations! You are better off than most of us. However, you may have much more than you think. Making over $1000 on my stuff took more than a couple of months, it wasn’t a quick and easy fix. I had to go through every drawer, cabinet, and bookshelf. Twice. And so much went to charity that it almost made me cry, fine it did, it did make me cry. What I discovered when I assessed the worth of all of my items is that I don’t need so much. More stuff means more storage, more straightening, more cleaning… more stress. You don’t need that, do you? So open your blue jean drawer and try those on to start. You most likely have some you don’t even like. Why are you letting them clog your closet? I sold six pair of jeans on my first big purge. There were boxes of books, several vases and platters, and I won’t tell you how many shoes. So many.
Have a few boxes set aside for items to sell and items to charity as you work through each area of your house. My goal is to get rid of 40 items a month, and I’ve done it for six months in a row. Every item counts…even jewelry. I place items I find that I no longer use or plan to use in the boxes as I clean. I have to MAKE myself do it some weeks, but at the end of the week I have a box for charity or a box to sell. Saturday is the day I dispose of them one way or another. If you are thinking, “It’s so much trouble and I won’t get much for my clutter!” Then you sound just like some of my family members. But think about giving away even $1.00 50 times. If you sold 50 of those $1.00 items you could get a cute pair of shoes…or two if you are a savvy shopper.
How do you decide where to sell? You have to check out the market. eBay has the advanced search feature that will allow you to check the items sold in the previous month. If you see that fabulous handbag you are never using sells well on eBay, list it. If it doesn’t and you still feel you can give it up, a consignment store might be right for you. Know the stores in your area and which items they accept for consignment so you aren’t dragging items back and forth from home. I use craigslist least, but it is great for a collection of home goods, or larger items like framed art your aunt gave you that you never displayed. All this review has made me itchy to list something, so I’m off to post a book or two on eBay. What are you selling next week?