Last week’s Clear the Clutter challenge was to put away the “worn but not dirty yet” clothes that pile up next to the bed. This is traditionally a struggle for me because I’m so tired when I go to bed, but this week it was easier to put my clothes away since I took care of the pile first.
This does not mean you have to go through all the rooms in your house to find a bunch of stuff to donate or sell. We’re going for big impact with little effort. I’m always impressed by how much space I get back when I can finally get rid of something big. If you sell it, that means someone is paying you to improve your home!
The motto for this is, “Remove to improve!”
My job this week is to sell my old TV stand. I sold the TV and the speakers long ago, so right now the stand is sitting in the garage, and we don’t need the storage.
You might have:
- an old couch or chair
- unused exercise equipment
- an old appliance or TV
- baby gear such as a swing or exersaucer
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling, some charities will come to your house with a truck to pick up furniture or appliances.
If your stuff is not in good-enough condition to donate to charity, put it on the curb with a “free” sign, or find what day the city will do a bulk-trash pickup.
I only sell something when I can get at least $20 for it. I donate most household items and clothes, but I do like to sell the big stuff.
Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist
Price: I generally price things at 40% of what it costs to buy it new, assuming it’s in good condition and something I bought in recent years. (I only sell things that would cost at least $50 new since I have a $20 resale minimum.) It makes me laugh when I see listings for “Custom drapes, gorgeous!” when they’re clearly from the 1980s. “Custom” means it suited the owner’s preference, but to me they’re just old drapes. Price accordingly. Check other listings to compare and estimate a good price.
Photo: Include a big, clear photo on your ad. Craigslist makes your photos look small with low resolution, so overcome that by following the instructions in this post: Craigslist Photo Tip: How to Show Big, Clear Photos So Your Stuff Sells.
Detail: Be descriptive in your title by naming it something like, “Sage Green Loveseat from Pottery Barn,” not “Couch.” Preempt questions by listing measurements and flaws. Also list your terms, such as, “Pick-up only, no delivery. Price is firm. Located near ___. Available evenings and weekends.”