By now you may have started your Spring Cleaning but have you also thought about how you could make money off items you no longer need in your home? Well I have an idea for you- host a Yard Sale!
Yard Sales are great ways to de-clutter your home and make some extra cash. Just think of that old saying “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. It’s really true, what you might think it just garbage might just be worth something to someone else.
So in order for you to de-clutter your home and make some money you have got to Spring Clean with a Yard Sale in mind. Below I have some tips for you on how you can do just that!
How to Spring Clean with a Yard Sale in Mind
- The 12 month rule of thumb– If you have something that you have not touched in the last 12 months chances are you won’t touch it in the next 12 months. This is an easy way to sort items from what you do use and what you don’t.
- Take it one Room at a Time– It’s easy to get overwhelmed while cleaning and organizing but you have to take it one room at a time. If it’s been awhile since you’ve really Spring cleaned your home then chances are you have a ton to clean and sort through. Schedule certain times to really bust it out and get some cleaning done within a few weeks time it will all be done.
- Sort it all out– As you are cleaning each room in your home sort items into one of three categories: items you for sure will keep (and use), items you do not need (and won’t use), and items you are feeling 50/50 on. Once sorted, you already have 1 entire category of items to sell and one you aren’t sure of. The ones you are torn by find yourself one good reason to keep it and it’s yours. (Yes this is like something you’d see on HGTV)
- Clean it as you go– Since you already have those rags and cleaners out be sure to clean items you are wanting to sell at the time you are already cleaning. A quick wipe down on old, dusty items can make them look new and will make planning your Yard Sale easier.
- Know Junk from Sentimental Value– When Spring Cleaning with the intention of getting rid of items you might have others breathing down your throat an easy way out of that is to say it has sentimental value to you. Before you decide this, be sure to make sure it actually does. If an item has 3 inches of dust on it and you cannot remember what the value of it is then it’s not exactly sentimental and it’s possibly just junk. Junk to you but maybe not to someone else.
- Know an items True Value– Aside from sentimental value there is true value in everything. If you have an old, antique item don’t take a chance on loosing big money on getting rid of it. A quick Google search can tell you how much an item is worth and whether you could get rid of it or hang onto it.
- Make sure it’s Dump Worthy– Before you throw away that old couch or chair ask yourself if it’s really “dump worthy”. Remember even making $10 off something that you hate is better than nothing and better than it ending up in the landfill. If by any chance an item could be sold mark it up for a Yard Sale.
- Donate the Gently Used– So the last thing to do while Spring cleaning with a yard sale in mind is to donate items that are not Yard Sale worthy but also not dump worthy. This is where donating them comes in handy. Donating is a great way to help others and de-clutter your home. If you can’t use them someone else probably can.