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Decluttering and Selling on eBay

Clutter for money? Seriously? Did you ever think that the things you have lying around might actually earn you a little side money? Kinda motivating, right? If you have some decluttering to do, the cashing in your clutter could be highly motivating!

Do You Need to Make Some Extra Cash?

You’ve successfully decluttered your house.

Congratulations! Now what?

The good news is you have options. You can either choose to donate your items, trash them, or…why not make some extra cash by selling your declutter on eBay?

Believe it Or Not, You Can Make Money from Decluttering

I’m not guaranteeing you’ll be able to retire on what you make, but at least you should be able to recover some of your sunk costs from the items you just had to declutter.

eBay is an excellent place to recover some of that money.

There are people who make a full-time income on eBay selling items, but hopefully if you’ve decluttered and continue to keep your house in order, you will eventually run out of things to sell and you’ll have to find a different side income!

In the meantime, why not profit a bit from the things you’re planning on getting rid of anyway?

How Do You Make Money Decluttering?

You probably never thought of your clutter as a means for you to make extra money, but since you’re getting rid of your things anyway, why not make a little extra cash?

There are many ways to make money while decluttering. This article will focus on selling on eBay.

Keep in mind, that it might take you a little bit to get in the swing of things. But once you get going, you should be able to pick up a little extra cash for the things you were going to get rid of anyway.

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Decluttering and Selling on eBay Renders You a Nice Reward

If you work hard, you can definitely make some extra cash by selling your declutter on eBay.

I like to think of it as extra, because it’s money you wouldn’t have otherwise earned if you hadn’t been motivated to declutter your house. So if you ask me, that’s a great reward!

There are stories all over the Internet of people making thousands of dollars selling their clutter on eBay.

That’s pretty motivating if you ask me!

Selling Your Clutter on eBay

When you’re selling your clutter, you can’t think of it as your old castoffs. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Someone else may be super excited about what you’re getting rid of. You never know!

Can you actually make money selling the things you’re getting rid of?

Absolutely you can!

And it’s not as hard as it seems.

How do I Get Motivated to Sell on eBay?

Does earning extra money for things you were going to get rid of motivate you enough? As with any task, the end goal should be what drives you to work hard and do a good job.

Start small.

I would suggest that selling just one item on eBay could become very motivating. Once you see the potential for the money that you can make, it won’t be so hard to put another item on eBay to sell.

And from there, it snowballs!

Consider These Things When Selling Your Declutter on eBay

Selling your clutter on eBay is not a get rich quick scheme, nor is it without effort. You’ll need to do things in order to make a go of it, but if you ask me, making money on something you were gonna throw away sounds like a good plan!

Here are some things to consider if you do decide to see your clutter on eBay.

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Decide Whether You Have the Time

Now before you get gung-ho and think you’re going to become a millionaire by selling on eBay, take a second and realize that it will take you time (and that you probably won’t make a million dollars – but that’s ok).

Calculate all the factors involved in selling and decide if it’s worth your time. In my opinion, selling on eBay is much more worthwhile when you have bigger ticket items that will profit you more. I’m sure that point could be argued, (smaller ticket items with more volume) but in my opinion it wouldn’t be worth my time to sell several dollar items that I have to package up and bring to the post office, when I could earn much more from one big ticket item.

But maybe that’s just me!

On the other hand, if I can make $50 selling something that’s been hanging out in my basement for years, then I’m all in!

In that case, it would be well worth the time to sell your declutter on eBay.

Realize that Your Time is Valuable

In considering how much time you have to sell items on eBay, don’t overlook the fact that your time is worth something as well.

In other words, if I could make $100 in an hour freelancing, but it takes me several hours to sell a $20 item on eBay, then it’s definitely not worth it.

But if you’re sitting at home with nothing to do, and you don’t have another opportunity to make some money, then selling on eBay may be exactly the right thing for you!

Selling on eBay Requires Research

You can’t just slap up a product without knowing anything about it. It’s a good idea to search out how much others in the market are asking for the same product.

Researching the price is very important to know that you’re on target. After all, you don’t wanna be super high or super low on your price. You’ll shoot yourself in the foot both ways. 

Additionally, you’ll need to know something about your item. Sometimes you can go to the manufacturer’s website to find out information about the item you’re selling, while other times you might need to dig in a little further to find out exactly what you’re selling.

Would You Rather Donate It?

Some people are more than happy to donate their used items instead of profiting from them. This is a question you’ll have to decide. I believe it’s a very personal decision with no right or wrong answer.

Consider this:

Let’s just say you don’t have a lot of extra money to give to charity, but you do have extra bedding to donate to the local homeless shelter. Perhaps, you’d feel good about donating the bedding rather than earning a profit.

Just remember that there’s no right or wrong answer. It’s completely up to you whether you would rather donate your items or not.

If you really need money, then definitely sell your items.

Consider the Shipping

 it’s very important when pricing your item to consider the total price that your customer will have to pay. That means shipping has to be priced very carefully.

 Some  eBay sellers even offer free shipping and increase the price of the item just a little bit to entice people to buy their item. I know I’m much more drawn to items that say free shipping.

 Be careful not to undercut the shipping either if you decide not to do free shipping. My first experience  with eBay  ended with me having to pay the customer to send them a doll house! Live and learn!

You Need to Have a Little Knowledge

Selling on eBay requires a knowledge of the platform, as well as knowing how to properly list the item with an enticing description, researching the price, and shipping the product out. Nothing too impossible, it’s just that it does require some commitment on your part.

There are multiple video tutorials that will help walk you through setting up an eBay account and listing your first item.****

Once you know what you’re doing, it’s easy to sell on eBay, but it does require you have a little knowledge in order to actually do it successfully.

And then as discussed earlier, you’ll need to know the price point of your item as well as the shipping.

If you don’t have the knowledge, don’t give up! It’s as easy as doing a little research to figure things out. You may be very happy you did in the long run!

Things that Sell Well on eBay

The very first time I had ever heard of eBay was back in the early 2000s. My neighbor in college was happily telling me how she sold her husband’s worn-out tennis shoes for a small fortune to some crazy buyer on eBay!

What? Why would anyone even…? I was so confused!

She then went on to tell me how she made hundreds of dollars selling his old clothes. (I stood amazed! We were poor college students and the thoughts if her plan were very enticing to me!)

Then I started to hear people selling diapers on eBay because there were actually people who didn’t want to leave their homes to buy them. (This was pre-Amazon days and pretty much unheard of, yet people were doing it! And yes, now I order diapers online! Gasp!) 

Now I’m not sure any of those options would be a great idea for you, (definitely don’t do the old worn-out sneaker option) but the point I’m trying to make is that you can sell just about anything on eBay.

Thinking in terms of decluttering, here are some items that sell well on eBay to name a few:

  • Home decor
  • Fitness products
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Kids’ toys
  • Garden items
  • Tech gear

I’m sure you will come across at least one of these things as you declutter your home. At least if you’re decluttering the right way you will! 😉

How to Decide What to Sell

Since you’ve decluttered your house, you probably have several items that would be worthwhile to sell on eBay.

So how do you decide where to start?

Drawing on the advice I gave you above, I would start with something you are fairly certain will return you a good profit. List several of those items and get the auction going.

Then work down to the least valuable items. Start by choosing something from the list above.

How to Store Your Listed Items

While you’re waiting to sell your clutter, you’ll want to find a system to neatly organize it.

Trust me! You don’t want to be sifting through piles to mail out an item once the auction is finished!

I highly recommend a good combination of bins and shelves. There are several ways you could do this:

One recommendation I have is to label the bin by the date the items were listed. Then once you sell an item, you can easily go back to that bin and retrieve it.

However, you could also label the bin with like items such as kitchen, home decor, clothing, Etc. This would also make it very easy to retrieve an item that has sold on eBay.

Don’t go Crazy!

Decluttering and selling on eBay can get addicting! It really can!

Because suddenly all around you you have an e-commerce store staring you in the face! But please remember this is also your home and you have to live in it!

It’s a good idea to declutter and make a little extra money on the side, but as with everything, moderation is key!

Please don’t sell your living room furniture! You need some place to sit! 🙂

Why Selling Your Clutter is a Good Option

As you can see, with a little time, effort, and research, you can easily make some extra cash by decluttering and selling on eBay.

I don’t know about you, but that’s a pretty enticing option to me! Especially since you’re getting rid of the items anyway.

If you need some motivation to start decluttering, then think of the profit you could make from the items you have just lying around your house!

Now get to work! 🙂

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