If your kids have moved out and you no longer want or need a big house, chances are you’re going to downsize at some point in your life – maybe more than once. The good news is this: Going smaller is good for you! Here are five reasons bigger isn’t always better:
1. You’ll save money
This one’s obvious: In general, smaller spaces are less expensive. Downsizing to a smaller house or apartment is good for your wallet:
Cheaper monthly payments for mortgage or rent
Lower heating and cooling costs
Less space to fill means less money spent on furniture and decorations
Fewer things to fix around the home
Lower property taxes (or none at all, if you rent)
Housing costs take up most of our income. Lowering your monthly expenses leaves you more money for saving, investing or spending on things you enjoy.
2. It’ll re-energize you
Downsizing forces you to start a new chapter in your life – one that’s simpler and less cluttered. You could think of yourself as a potted plant: If you leave it in the same pot for a long time, it becomes root-bound and stops growing. A smaller living space means a change in lifestyle, which keeps life from getting stagnant and reduces your stress level. And think of the peace of mind you’ll gain from not having to worry about monthly bills.
3. You’ll have more time for fun stuff
According to IKEA data, Americans spend an average of 55 minutes per day looking for things. If your home is smaller and less cluttered, imagine what you could do with all that extra time! Taking care of a big home occupies a big chunk of your life, but if you move to a smaller abode, all that time spent cleaning and fixing things can be spent on hobbies, spending time with loved ones, getting creative with DIY storage projects, or curling up with a good book.
Wondering what to do with a small closet? Check out our Pinterest board: Small Closet? No Problem
4. Purging unwanted stuff will remind you of what’s really important
It’s no secret that we spend a lot of our lives accumulating possessions. How many of these things do you really want or need anymore? It can be therapeutic to go through your mountains of things – it’ll remind you of where you’ve been and where you want to go from here. And once you get rid of the things that aren’t useful or sentimental to you, you’ll feel as though a giant weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
Wondering what kind of housewarming present a small-space friend would enjoy? We’ve got 10 ideas here.
5. It’s better for the environment
Smaller homes require fewer materials to build and less energy to heat and cool, which puts less stress on our planet. So chalk up some karma points for yourself on that front.
Have you downsized recently? How did it improve your life? Share in the comments below.
Spring cleaning is an annual tradition for many families. As the temperatures warm up and plants come back to life, families all over will designate some time for tidying up.
It’s a great habit to keep on normal terms, but spring cleaning is extra important when a move is on the horizon. Check out these spring cleaning musts before moving.
1. Purge the old
The nice thing about spring is that there’s almost an entire year before it’s winter again! If you’re on the verge of a move this spring, maybe consider purging your winter wardrobe.
Items with thinning threads or items that are falling apart can be donated or tossed depending on condition. Getting rid of these bulky items will make your move that much lighter and you’ll have almost an entire year to reestablish your winter wardrobe.
It’s not just clothes, either. If you were to sort through all of your drawers, cabinets, folders, bins, boxes and baskets, you’d likely be shocked at the amount of “tossable” items you’d come out with. Consider “Marie Kondo-ing” these items. If they still spark joy in your life, hang on to them. If not, they can be thrown away or donated.
2. Do you have any extra small appliances?
Normal spring cleaning would not require that you sort through your appliances – but if you’re moving soon, this can be a great way to get rid of unnecessary bulk during the move. If you’re like many of us, you have a number of small and useless kitchen appliances taking up space in your kitchen.
Maybe they’re the result of impulse spending or leftover Christmas or wedding gifts. However they got there, if you can live without them, it’s probably time to part ways. Blenders, juicers, electric knives and the like can probably be sold rather easily on an Internet marketplace in your area.
3. Have any mismatched dinnerware?
Moving is hard enough without having to transport dishes, glasses and cutlery that are not only heavy but also fragile. Plus, many of you may find that your sets don’t even match after years in your current place.
When spring cleaning before your big move, maybe think about buying new dinnerware when you arrive in your new place. You can easily find budget sets of glasses, mugs, plates and silverware for less than $50.
4. Get your deposit money back!
In addition to cleaning just for the sake of making your move a little bit easier, spring cleaning before a move has an added benefit – it’ll help you get your deposit money back!
First things first, gather all of your cleaners and tools to get the job done. Then, get to cleaning. Spring cleaning before a move should be a much more thorough cleaning than you typically do week-to-week. Some areas that are easy to skip over are baseboards, inside cabinets and drawers and any outdoor spaces – so make sure you pay special attention to these.
6. What not to “spring clean”
Spring cleaning before a move is not all about getting rid of stuff. There are a few things you might have considered tossing that will actually be beneficial throughout your move.
For example, any old sheets or blankets, no matter how threadbare, can be used as padding for fragile items and large pieces of furniture when packed in the moving truck. The same is true for old paper documents and newspaper or coupon-booklet clutter — they can easily be used to ensure safe packing.
Spring cleaning is a great habit to get into year after year. With the seasonal new beginnings, you can bring your home a fresh start. But, if you’re moving soon, spring cleaning could make a drastic difference in how smoothly your move goes. We hope you now have everything you need to make spring cleaning before a move work for you.
You know, that spreadsheet that’s been collecting dust? That app you haven’t logged into in months?
If this sounds like you, your budget could use a little attention.
Don’t just spend the spring deep cleaning your house and purging your closets. It’s a good time to clean up your budget too.
Spring Clean Your Budget in Just 5 Steps
Here are five steps to refreshing your money management system. No rubber gloves or disinfecting spray required.
1. Wipe Away Unnecessary Expenses
Tidy up your spending habits by purging wasteful expenditures, like that gym membership that you never use or that free trial you forgot to cancel.
Scan your bank statements from the last several months to identify recurring costs to get rid of. While you’re at it, keep an eye out for other problem areas in your budget, like repeated impulse buys at your favorite store.
2. Update Your Spending Limits in Each Budgeting Category
A budget is not a static system. The spending limits you set when you first started your budget may not fit your life today.
Go through all your budget categories and see if your spending projections align with your actual spending. For example, if you’re exceeding your spending limit for groceries every month, it may be time to make an adjustment to your budget. You may have been underestimating your spending all along.
3. Make Sure Your Spending Matches Your Values
You work hard for your money, but it’s easy to let cash slip through your fingers without a second thought.
How you spend your disposable income — what’s left over after bills and necessities — should reflect what’s important to you. Values-based budgeting is a money management approach that factors that in.
Take some time to reflect on your spending and determine whether or not it aligns with your values. Adding room in your budget for fun money will make you more likely to stick to your money management plan.
4. Consider Switching to a Different Budgeting Method
There’s no one right way to budget. If you’ve been struggling, switch up your approach.
The zero-based budgeting method is great for people who want to keep close tabs on every dollar spent, while the 50/30/20 method corrals your spending into three broad categories.
You can ditch monthly budgeting with a paycheck budget or spread your expenses out more evenly with the half payment method.
The calendar method helps you stay on top of upcoming expenses and payment due dates. The cash envelope system prevents people from swiping their debit cards past their spending limits.
You might even find success combining a few budgeting methods, like this woman did.
5. Get Help to Maintain Your Budget
Cleaning up your budget is the first step. After that it’s all about maintenance.
The right tools will help you keep your finances organized. A budget binder stores all your important documents in one place — stuff like your spending log, your debt tracker and a calendar of your upcoming bill due dates. You can purchase pre-made binders or DIY your own.
If you prefer an app over the pen-and-paper approach, there’s a plethora of options available. Check out this list of our favorite budgeting apps.
Having an accountability buddy will help you stick to your financial goals long after the season’s changed. The Penny Hoarder Community is a great place to connect with like-minded budgeters. Find a money buddy there who won’t let you slack the next time you want to ignore your budget.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
As we are officially settled into 2021 – hello spring – we’re also getting into the mood to start cleaning out our spaces, redecorating, and if you’re like me, thinking through what needs to be done to make you fall in love with your home again. Not only will these updates freshen up our spaces, but it will give us the much needed fresh perspective for the new season!Here are our top three ideas to transform and breathe new life into your home this spring.
Feeling Bold? Paint!
If there’s one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s that we should live life to the fullest. Be bold in your home this year and try some unique paint patterns or colors on your wall to mix things up. Accent walls have become all the rage thanks to TikTok, people paint dots, lines, archways, and mid-century prints that can take a room from looking plain to amazing in the snap of a finger.
If painting is too much for you or you’re a renter, try wall galleries. These are all the rage in 2021, and they can be pretty affordable too if you look in the right places. Try IKEA for picture frames or your local thrift store if you’re down to have a variety. IKEA also carries prints you can buy, or you can make your own on canvases of watercolor paper. Pressed flowers, mirrors, and wall plants are all other things you can add to make your gallery look complete.
Read: 7 IKEA Products to Get Organized in 2021
The best thing about rearranging your furniture, it’s free! Moving your sofa to a different wall, or the cabinet to a different room can do a lot. If you’re open to suggestions, maybe ask your close friends their opinion on how to change things up, if you’re artistic or picky about the final vision, try sketching your your space and taking measurements to find the perfect layout for you. These simple changes will have you looking at your home in a whole different way.
Rearranging your furniture may also be the boost of energy you need to motivate you to deep clean and organize your space. Getting rid of the dust and debris will make your home a healthier space to live. By this point we have probably figured out what we really use, what we really need, and what is taking up valuable space. Purging and organizing our homes is a great way to gain additional storage and space. Want to really shake things up, get the kids involved and see if they want to switch rooms, I’m sure they may love a change of scenery too.
Update Kitchen Hardware
If you’re like my family, we have been spending way more time than normal cooking in our kitchen the past few months. As one of the most used rooms in the home, doing something as simple as change out the cabinet and drawer pulls can completely change the look of your kitchen. Switching from a different metal like brushed nickel to black or even trying a trending metal of brushed gold.
Our homes have taken on a deeper meaning since 2020 and its functionality has been put to the test. I don’t think any of us could have predicted that we would be spending so much time at home. If anything, it has given us a reason to appreciate our homes even more. Making changes as simple as moving some furniture, painting your front door, and updating your kitchen hardware, could really improve the aesthetics of our homes and make you fall in love with it all over again.
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Brooke has a lifestyle blog called Cribbs Style and currently lives in Charleston, SC. This wife, mom of two almost tweens, and mom of three fur children enjoys all things DIY and organizing. When she’s not helping others tackle the chaos of life, she’s either working out, at the beach, or just enjoying time with family and friends.
The excitement of a new home comes with the hassles of packing your stuff and moving in. And that means one more decision: Hire movers or do it yourself. As you weigh your options, you’ll want to consider both budget and logistics such as distance and time.
A little prep now will help prevent hassles later on.
Estimate your costs
Professional moving prices vary greatly, so make sure you get two or three estimates from moving companies recommended by friends or trustworthy consumer sites. You’ll want to make sure the company is licensed and insured.
To get a rough idea how much a professional move will cost, it’s helpful to use an online calculator.
If you’re thinking of DIY, factor in these costs: • Rental truck (with fees typically based on hours used and miles traveled) • Boxes and tape • Packing paper and bubble wrap • Moving blankets • Dolly, hand truck, moving straps
And then there’s the implied cost of “free help,” which you’ll have to repay with either beer, dinner, and/or agreeing to help with their DIY move. If five friends help you move once, you’ll feel obligated to help each of them when they move.
Clear the decks – and closets
Do you really want to move those decade-old cooking magazines or that T-shirt from a better-forgotten weekend in Vegas? Purging what you don’t need will lighten your load and cost you less when you move. You can donate stuff and maybe get a tax deduction, or give things away and make someone else’s day. Either way, it’s one less thing to pack. Speaking of packing…
Pack one room at a time, making it easier to unpack in your new home. Some tips: • Wrap all items carefully and keep each box cushioned inside. • Mark all boxes according to the room they’ll be moving to. • Limit box weight to about 50 pounds. • Keep all of your important items in boxes labeled “essentials.”
Thinking ahead about what you’ll want to unpack first may help you strategize about what to put in those “essentials” boxes.
Start stockpiling boxes way before the professional or DIY move so you don’t have to pay for them at the last minute. Neighborhood online chat rooms are great sources of free packing material. Here’s what you’ll need:
• Boxes (variety of sizes and styles) • Packing paper • Bubble wrap and/or cushioning foam • Packing tape • Moving blankets • Plastic wrap • Paper towels • Scissors • Screwdriver set • Markers for marking boxes
Check out other pro packing pointers here.
Share your info
It’s easy to get caught up in the move itself, but you’ll want to share your new address with important people in your life: friends, employers, creditors!
A good place to start is the United States Postal Service. Fill out a change of address request at your local post office or at the USPS official website to have your mail forwarded to your new place. Even with mail forwarding, you should still update your address with individual organizations and companies.
To prevent service lapses and past-due bills, you need to inform your utilities and service providers about your relocation plans. Contact telephone, cable, internet, electricity, gas, water and other municipal services. Arrange for the utilities at your old home to be disconnected on moving day and have them reconnected at your new residence by the time you move in.
Other must-updates include your bank, credit card companies, stockbrokers and other relevant financial institutions. For a full list of institutions to contact, read more here.
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Space is limited when it comes to apartment living, and making the most of what you have is crucial. Decluttering your living space is extremely important to maintaining an organized and comfortable life. We know this isn’t an easy task, but luckily there are countless apps to help de-clutter out there that can give you a headstart. Organizing your belongings, selling unwanted goods and clothing, and keeping your apartment clean are a few key components to a decluttered home, and these apps will help get you there.
There is nothing worse than an apartment cluttered with unwanted junk mail lying around. Paperkarma can easily handle this problem for you. By simply taking a photo of the logo and return label of the mail, and hitting send through Paperkarma, you will automatically be unsubscribed. With a few easy clicks on your phone, you no longer have to worry about getting unwanted mail or catalogs. Users receive four free requests and then will have to select a membership for further use. For $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year, you will no longer have to worry about junk mail returning again and again to clutter your apartment.
When it is time to rid your apartment of unwanted goods, OfferUp is the best app to help you do so. Furniture, electronics, household appliances, clothing, and more – you can find or sell just about everything on OfferUp. The app is based on your location so everything you are buying or selling will be on a local level, which makes things very convenient. Photos can be taken directly through the app for easy posting, and you will receive notifications when anyone has contacted you on your post. Each user has the ability to rate every other user, which helps to create a trusted and reliable community. Have your phone handy the next time you are cleaning out your apartment, and post instantly with OfferUp.
Without realizing it, closets can become the most cluttered space – buying new while keeping the old adds up. PoshMark makes cleaning out your closet effortless, and you can make money while you’re at it. Whether it’s clothing still tagged that has gone unworn, or gently used clothing, PoshMark allows you to upload your pieces, connect, and sell to shoppers all over. Snap a pic within the app, post a description and a price, and share – it is that easy. The more you share, the more exposure your items will get. Insider tip: sharing other shoppers’ posts will likely get them to share yours too. Clean out your closet and get cash for it? You can’t beat that.
Whether you plan on purging your entire apartment or simply need a way to organize your belongings, Snupps is an app that will allow you to track your things while connecting with other users. Snupps, short for Serial Number Universal Protection Protocol System, was created when the creators’ luggage was lost on a flight, and they found themselves wishing they had a way to easily track all of their belongings. Snupps allows users to organize items onto “virtual shelves” – shelves and items can be shared on various social media platforms, sold to other users, or simply act as a way to keep track of what you own. With over one million users, Snupps is a great way to organize your apartment, sell unwanted items, and connect with the community.
In an apartment, there is little room for paper clutter – important documents, receipts, warranties, etc. – they all pile up, and it is hard to find the right place for them. Evernote allows you to virtually organize these documents. Through the app, you simply scan the papers in and organize to your liking. You no longer have to worry about finding a place to store documents, or remembering where you stored them later on. With Evernote, they are all in one place for whenever you need them. The app also allows you to take notes in a variety of ways – text, sketch, audio, and more. Declutter and organize your documents, and stay on top of your day all with one app – Evernote.
Maintaining the cleanliness of your apartment is just as important as the de-cluttering phase. Tody is an app that helps you keep your cleaning on track. The app can be organized by areas and tasks and keeps track of when specific tasks need to be completed. By selecting the type of cleaner you are, the app will suggest a time frame for each task. Based off of the given time frame, your progress is tracked, and reminders are given for any overdue items. The app is customizable, thorough, and extremely user-friendly. For just $7, Tody will organize and change the way you clean.
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You’ve been feverishly decluttering your house and now the weather is nice enough that you’re thinking about hosting a garage sale before you bring everything to the thrift store.
Before you get your price stickers and signs ready, you should do a little preparing so you can organize a garage sale that will make you as much money as possible.
How to Organize a Garage Sale
There are several steps that go into hosting a successful yard sale.
First, you have to schedule a date for your sale. This may not be a problem right now but usually there’s a lot going on where I live so I wanted to pick a day with as little happening as possible.
It would suck to plan this whole thing to find out it conflicts with a major event. I used the “Events” tab on Facebook, you can input a date and it’ll show you upcoming events.
Disclaimer: If your only available day conflicts with a big event, don’t worry too much. Serious garage sale shoppers stop at nothing to get their fix.
The other important detail is day and time. We decided to hold ours on a Saturday from 8am-5pm. We held our sale in a fenced-in backyard so we could set up the night before and minimize work in the morning.
I read that serious buyers would show up early and without fail, at 7am they were there. We were mostly set up so we just let them in.
The morning was the busiest. We were steady until 1:00 then really quiet for 45 minutes. We had a late rush at 1:45 then it was steady again for another hour and a half. It started sprinkling at 4 so we packed everything up a little early.
I’m glad we decided to start at 8, I couldn’t imagine people showing up at 5 or 6am. There is not enough coffee in the world for me to be ok with that. If I could do it over I probably would’ve ended at 1. The last rush of people was nice but not worth the sitting around.
How to Advertise Your Garage Sale
The key to a successful sale is good advertising. You can have the best stuff but if no one knows or there’s no incentive to come then you wont sell them. There were three things we did to make sure as many people got to our house as possible.
1. Have Multiple Sellers
We were inspired by another sale that had six or seven different people selling in one place. Having a “multi-family” sale not only means more items but also a larger variety, that gives more people incentive to come, even people who might not be into yard sale-ing.
People with different interests accumulate different stuff and if you don’t jive with one seller’s items you might like what another seller has to offer.
If it is a lot of the same stuff, consider theming your sale to set it apart. JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly looked at what he had most of and listed his sale as a “Geek Garage Sale.” You might think you’ll drive people away by niching down but you actually make your sale more attractive to non garage salers.
Multiple sellers also means more exposure. The more people you have selling, the more people you have sharing the event with their friends.
2. Coordinate With Another Garage Sale
Sales that happen on the same day aren’t competition, they’re advertising! I discovered this one by accident and it by far brought us the most traffic. A friend at my work had planned a sale for the same day as ours. She was nearby so I suggested we print out fliers for each other’s sales and hand them out to people as they left.
The flier was a simple half-sheet of paper with the sale address, times, and highlights of what we were selling. This is a great option for people who want to host a multi-family sale but don’t have space. And I’m sure if none of your friends want to host you could easily find nearby sales on Craigslist and email the seller to set something up.
3. Post Your Garage Sale Online
Craigslist is where all the serious buyers and sellers go. I posted on Monday and then another with a rephrased title on Thursday. Then I posted in Facebook Marketplace and in relevant local Facebook groups.
I also Googled “garage sale” and posted to every site that popped up on the first page. Most of the garage sale listing sites are in the same family of websites which made filling out the details easy (thanks auto-fill!).
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How to Prepare Your Yard Sale
Go through the boxes of stuff you haven’t seen in years before you put them out for sale. My husband was going through one I’d put out and found a copy of my social security card, I had not intended to sell my identity.
And if you can’t put everything out the night before like we did, you should do as much as possible to limit your stress on the morning of and have time for more coffee.
1. Garage Sale Pricing
We used a combination of methods for pricing. For clothes and items we had a lot of I made a sign with individual and bulk prices, I bought price stickers and put them on other items. A lot of stuff we left blank. When people asked how much we either yelled out a price or asked “How much you offering?”
If we’d had a smaller sale I wouldn’t have priced anything. When people name their own price they’re more likely to buy the item. The nice thing about putting prices on some stuff was that I didn’t have to talk as much. Introverts will appreciate pricing items individually.
I found pricing suggestions on Angie’s List and found that people will haggle you down whether the price is fair or not, so best practice is to price high.
2. Garage Sale Signs
I bought signs to stick in the ground and neon cardstock to post on poles, fences, etc. I thought four signs would be enough but my paranoid husband thought we could put up every sign we had. He was right.
It was the signs on neon poster board that attracted the most attention. People saw the white signs in the ground but they got to us by the bright ones. Our signs just said “Yard Sale” with the address at the bottom and an arrow in the middle pointing the way to treasure land.
If you can, have someone check your signs midway through the sale. One of ours fell and was pointing AWAY from our sale.
What to do The Day of Your Garage Sale
First, give yourself more time to post the signs than you think you’ll need. We had a debate on which illegal places would be least illegal to post our signs. Every city has their rules so check yours to be sure.
I posted a Facebook Live video on my profile giving a tour of the sale. I called attention to some of the more enticing items and introduced all our sellers.
Here are some essentials that kept our ship sale-ing (lololol):
• Chill music– It’s too early in the morning for all that hip hop, play something inviting that will keep the people browsing and your neighbors from yelling at you. • Fanny pack– Keep your money close and your fanny pack closer. • Free section– There are some things that no one will buy at your yard sale, doesn’t mean you can’t put them out, but don’t waste your time pricing them.
With a few hours left in the sale, I started posting big ticket items that didn’t sell to Facebook Marketplace. By doing that I was able to secure a home for almost everything I posted.
I posted midday thinking people would come while we were still selling but nobody could make it until the next day so you could probably wait until your sale is over to post.
Warning: responding to all those Facebook messages was almost more tiring than the actual sale.
What to do After a Yard Sale
Take down the signs so people don’t continue to show up at your house, delete your Craigslist and other ads so people don’t roll by your house trying to get free stuff, and count your money!
We took name brand clothes that didn’t sell to Plato’s Closet and made $15 more. And we continued to post big-ticket items to Facebook Marketplace.
Bring leftovers to a thrift store or call one to see if you can have your stuff picked up. We made around $400 not including the furniture we sold on Marketplace the next day.
For the amount of work we put (and didn’t put) into it, I’m glad we did it. Purging is so cathartic and to get some spending money in exchange is just a bonus.
Tell me: What do you think about garage sales? Do you have any interesting garage sale stories or tips to share?
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When you’re trying not to spend money, there’s no better way to spend your time than making money. And you know what my favorite way to make money is?
I couldn’t make a living off of it but it’s a great way to build an emergency fund or earn a little vacation money. The feeling of a good purge is half the reward anyway.
And with the rise of blogs, books, and movies about minimalism, I think you guys agree. Whether you’re venturing into minimalism, doing a No-Spend Challenge or just trying to spend less, getting rid of stuff is a wild way to spend a Friday night and a cathartic activity.
So if you want to go further than just “not spending” and make your home and life more minimalist and cozy, here are 7 tips for de-cluttering your house and where to sell your stuff for quick cash.
Also, if you like this topic I cover this and much more in my book The No-Spend Challenge Guide. Check it out to help you save more, spend less, and make the most of your time paying off debt.
1. Mentally Prepare
When purging unused items it’s important to go in knowing what you’re up against. The goal isn’t to go from hoarder to Ikea in one day. Purging is a process. The reason I love de-cluttering while on a No Spend Challenge is that it’s unlikely I’ll replace the stuff I get rid of during that process.
Also, you have to give up the “I paid $$$ for this” mentality. What you paid for it mattered to your budget (or lack of) when you bought it. It’s non-use matters today. If you haven’t used it this year then you can live without it.
2. Physically Prepare
You can start your purge up to a year before you actually get rid of anything. Try this hanger trick, made famous by Oprah. Go into your closet and turn all the hangers the wrong way (whatever that means to you).
Whenever you put a garment back into the closet after wearing it put it in with the hanger facing the right way. At the end of six months or a year whatever hangers are still facing the wrong way can easily be gotten rid of.
3. Keep – Sell/Give – Store
For going through drawers and closets that have become a black hole of clutter, find three boxes and label them: keep, sell/give, and store. There could also be a fourth box for trash but I like to keep it simple and just bring the trash can over.
The “Keep” box is for things you use and still need to easy access to. The Sell/Give box gets an attempt at selling then if that fails goes to charity, and the Store box is for things you need or want but can go into deep storage.
I also like the Store box as a tester for getting rid of more on my next purge. If you’re holding that snow globe from middle school and you’re having a hard time parting with it, you don’t have to make a decision yet. Put it in the Store box and come back to it in a month.
4. Don’t Call It Junk
When we were hosting a garage sale for my mom we had a lot of clothes leftover. I went through and tried to separate out what we could sell to Clothes Mentor which buys and sells gently used clothes for women.
There were these two pairs of corduroy overalls, one with Eeyore on the front, the other with Pooh and Piglet. Assuming that I knew what was in style I put those in the Give box but Travis saw me and was convinced they would sell. I don’t remember everything I said but it was something to the extent of “you’re crazy, these are ugly.” But because I wanted to prove him wrong I let him take them.
We ended up taking the clothes to Plato’s Closet, which sells teen clothing because Clothes Mentor wasn’t buying at the time. I was prepared to make very little because the clothes were definitely for an older crowd. When we picked up our two bins of clothing they’d agreed to buy three items from us. Two of them were the overalls.
That story to say, I don’t call anything junk anymore (well, I’m at least trying now). You’d be shocked at what people will buy online or at gently-used stores. It’s usually the things we think will sell that don’t and the things we think will never sell do the quickest.
5. Free Your Flat Surfaces
I read this online and it’s become my mantra when I only have five minutes to clean. Clearing off countertops, the coffee table, dining table, desk, anything flat can transform your house.
This is especially true in a small house. We didn’t have many flat surfaces in our apartment; it was pretty much just the kitchen table. So it ended up being a catchall for mail, papers, etc. The first thing to get cleared was always that table and it made a huge difference right off the bat.
6. Find Storage
Don’t buy storage. You’re trying not to spend money remember? You don’t even know how much storage you’re going to need until after you finish. Trust me, I too have dreams about the Container Store but use it as a reward instead of a necessity.
Use what you have for free first. Wrap boxes with ribbon or washi tape for custom storage or look for free storage on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. I try to make it my goal to get rid of enough stuff to eliminate the need of containers.
Wait a few months after finishing the de-clutter, if it still bothers you then you can go buy exactly what you need, but chances are you won’t even think about it once it’s done.
7. One Room at a Time
Don’t try to tackle the whole house in one day, not even a month. 2-4 hours is about how much most people can handle. So start small and tackle one room, closet or drawer at a time and just keep going.
I suggest starting with the most used room down to the least. For me that’s the bedroom or kitchen.
Suggestions for quick purges:
Stretched out Hair Ties
Unused CDs & DVDs
Unused Makeup & Skincare
Now here’s the fun part. Where you can make some money off your efforts. There are a few ways to go at this. You can sell items yourself on eBay, Poshmark, or Amazon. Or you can sell to reselling services like DeCluttr, ThredUp, and Gone.
You’ll get more money doing it yourself but it also takes more time. Either one is a good option because you’re making some dough and you have a clean house! Here are some more ideas on where to sell your stuff and what these services buy:
DeCluttr- Games, CDs, DVDs, Books, Tech
If you have a lot of stuff to sell (or you have friends with stuff to sell too) you can go with a good ol’ fashioned garage sale. I highly recommend having a multi-person yard sale. We did one this way and in addition to having more variety, we had a lot of fun together.
So what are your tips for de-cluttering your house? What’s the first drawer, room, or closet you’re going to tackle this weekend?
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Jen Smith is a personal finance expert, founder of Modern Frugality and co-host of the Frugal Friends Podcast. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, Money Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, and more. She’s passionate about helping people gain control of their spending.