Decluttering is having a moment. Celebrities, gurus, and everyday folks with a bit of extra time on their hands are all speaking out about the benefits of getting rid of extra things you don't need. In some cases, that's as simple as organizing a messy desk. In others, it's a more complicated affair, forcing you to evaluate the value and "happiness factor" associated with every item in your home.
Either way, you may find it hard to figure out what's worth keeping and what's more valuable being sold for the extra cash. Fortunately, we can help you kickstart that process with a list of 10 things you can probably sell, right now, to get started.
The Power of Decluttering
There's no single "right way" to declutter, so long as you're deliberately going through your possessions or items in your vicinity with the intention of freeing up space. Decluttering limits the number of distractions in your immediate environment, improves your productivity, and reduces stress.
That doesn't even include the sense of accomplishment you'll feel when you hit a major milestone, or the extra cash you'll get when you sell one of your possessions.
Chances are, you can sell any or all of these 10 items, and never worry about missing them:
1. Your old car.
If you haven't used your vehicle in a while, or if it's not working properly and you don't have the time or money to get it back into working shape, it's probably time to sell it. Whether you seek an independent buyer or go to a junk car recycler, you can probably get a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for it--and open up a ton of space. And with the widespread availability and affordability of rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft, many professionals are finding it convenient and cost-effective to not own a vehicle.
2. Unnecessary furniture.
Speaking of opening up space, consider selling pieces of furniture you don't need or don't use. You might have a second set of couches and chairs in the basement that never get used, or a table that sits awkwardly in the middle of a low-traffic room. In any case, you can probably get a few hundred dollars from them by listing them on a marketplace like Craigslist or Facebook marketplace.
3. Clothes you haven't worn in over a year.
Most of us have an irrational attachment to our clothes. But if you haven't worn a pair of shoes, a scarf, or a jacket for a year or longer, it's time to part ways. You can sell these items at a gently used clothing store or in a garage sale, or you could always donate them.
4. Mugs and dishes you don't use.
Check your cupboards. Odds are, you have dozens of mugs, glasses, plates, and other items that never see the light of day. Take this time to weed out your least favorites and sell them for a buck apiece.
5. Books and DVDs you haven't revisited in years.
Yeah, you were excited to pick up that Total Recall DVD or your own copy of Catcher in the Rye, but when was the last time you even considered revisiting them? Go through your collection, keep your favorites, and sell the rest.
6. Old children's toys.
If you have kids, they've almost certainly outgrown at least a few of their toys, or have lost interest in some of them. Selling them at a discount nets you some quick cash, frees up space, but perhaps most importantly, gets those toys to a kid who will want them.
7. Extra cables and cords.
We all have a drawer in the garage or basement where we keep extra cables, charging cords, and similar items. But let's be real. They're there because they don't have a purpose, and if they don't have a purpose, you should sell them.
8. Kitchen gadgets and appliances gathering dust.
Do you have apple slicers, taco shell molds, and other unitaskers in your kitchen? Someone may enjoy and pay money for these, but they don't belong in your kitchen.
9. Old electronic devices.
Perhaps out of laziness or procrastination, or out of the sheer pace of acquiring new gadgets, you might have an old smartphone, tablet, or laptop gathering dust. Make use of it by wiping it and selling it.
10. Projects you wanted to start, but never got around to.
Is there a chair in your attic that you never got around to upholstering, or craft supplies that never saw the light of day? If it's been a year or longer since you took these projects on, you should probably accept their fate and sell them.
You may not be able to turn this into a full-fledged side gig, but you can at least make some extra money by selling these useless (or near-useless) items. Once you've gotten over that initial hurdle to momentum, you'll have the energy and the insight to make harder decisions, like parting with sentimental items or throwing unsellable things away.
Even though these decisions may be challenging, you'll almost always feel better once you've done them.