Clean out your jewelry boxes this week on Minimizing Monday at Handprints on the Wall. I desperately needed motivation to do this because it’s probably the very last thing on my to-do list. That’s exactly why I’m participating in Minimizing Monday, to motivate me to unclutter and organize things.

Have Stuff to Sell?
Most of the things we keep in our house actually have a negative value to ourselves if they are things we never use are that clutter our living spaces. But someone else might have a specific need or want for that item and pay us cash for it. If you have some items that you want to get rid of, but you think someone else might want there are lots of ways to sell them. If you have jewelry to sell, Minimizing Monday has some jewelry selling tips to offer. Other ways that people commonly sell things are by having a garage sale, taking items to a resale or consignment shop, using a free classified ads service like Craig’s List or Walmart, or selling on eBay. Northern Cheapskate has been learning more about using Walmart’s new free classified service and selling items on eBay, so you might want to read her tips. She also found yet another Kotex sample you can request, so check that out here.

I choose to give away or donate most of the items in my house so I don’t have a lot of experience trying to sell stuff. For me it is a decision about how I want to spend my time. I do not want to spend my time trying to sell things that I feel I have already gotten my use out of. And I receive a greater satisfaction from finding new homes for my gently-used items than from receiving a few dollars for them. For some of my nicer baby equipment that I can’t pass along to friends who can use it, I have found that it sells quickly and I get a decent amount of money by taking it to a consignment shop. This is a quick way for me to sell things because I simply drop off the items, and don’t have to deal directly with the buyer. The beauty of consignment shops is that they usually give you 50% of the sales price, and you only get paid if the item sells. If you take the same item to a resale shop that buys your stuff outright (and then tries to sell it) you will usually get a lot less.

I hope that you’ll join me if you also need encouragement to go through your jewelry box, get rid of items you will never wear, and organize those items you are keeping. Please leave a comment and let us know how Minimizing Monday has motivated you!