Are you facing down a daunting decluttering project…on deadline?
We know one determined declutterer who did. She accomplished her goal AND earned major bucks in the process!
All images are used with permission from Polly Bennett.
Polly Bennett tackled a huge project, bringing in $10,000 along the way! She had to clear out her late mother’s attic and consolidate two houses into one, which would be her residence and refuge when the other house sold.
She posted about her sale in our Declutter My Home Facebook group and we immediately knew we needed to hear the whole story.
In the space of six weeks, Polly purged and pared down both households, plus the storage attic. Her refreshing outlook and optimism are going to inject inspiration into your own projects.
First, what great stuff did she sell?
A piano, scooter, lots of home furnishings, artwork, yard equipment, old games, and childhood collectibles…all went out the door.
Next, the logistics.
As she sorted and cleared, Polly listed many of these items on Facebook and Craigslist (for help selling your clutter, see my ebook, CASH In: 5 Easy Ways to Sell Your Clutter for Cash!).
She held one impromptu garage sale—with no prep work or advertising—simply setting out her wares, unpriced, and after just a few hours, she netted $300! The rest of her things were sold at auction.
Polly gave us practical advice and pragmatic ideas on how we can sell our clutter for cash as well.
Polly’s Top 10 Tips for Turning Clutter into Cash
- Don’t allow the stuff to overpower you. Don’t give it power or meaning; It’s just stuff.
- Divide things into two categories: “Things I Love” and “Things I Don’t Love”. Surround yourself ONLY with the things and people you love. If it isn’t a “HECK YES!” it is more likely a “HECK NO!”
- Set a timer for 15 minutes and get started. Work until the timer goes off, and then set it for another 15 if you aren’t overwhelmed, exhausted or have another commitment.
- If you can easily replace something in under 20 minutes for under $20 and aren’t 100% sure you want to keep it, let it go.
- Make a written list. (Polly uses One Note and Trello, a free project management app that syncs with your computer). There is something extremely satisfying about checking off an item when completed.
- Don’t keep things because you imagine your children will want them someday. They WON’T. Neither will your friends. No one wants your stuff, they all have their own to deal with.
- Stop buying stuff. Boom.
- Develop a mindset that says storing things you don’t use is tantamount to hoarding. Someone else might really need them!
- Don’t be ashamed of your mess, and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- Don’t give up hope. You CAN do this!
Polly admits she did get exhausted at times.
Especially when working under deadline, it’s easy to get depleted.
Keep the job manageable by breaking it down into a series of doable goals and tasks, and by tracking those dates on a calendar. Remember to pace yourself. Taking care of your physical body and emotions means you can maintain energy and sanity levels, which are essential to completing the job.
Pssst!…this is where #9, asking for help, comes in. 😉
Today, Polly is living in that beautiful house on a wooded hillside, debt-free, mortgage-free, and clutter-free. Who wouldn’t love to enjoy that kind of freedom!
As you aspire to this kind of clarity—and cash—in your life, take along these words of Polly’s and repeat them to yourself, “I am abundant and now clutter free.”
Even if you’re not now, you will be soon enough!