Make money by clearing out unwanted possessions

Hoarding never-used items not only takes up room in your home, but can also impact on your mental health. We get some expert advice on how to go about decluttering If you’re the type of person who has lots of unwanted possessions but can’t face getting rid of them, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. Clutter is anything that’s unwanted, unused, or taking up too much space. It’s also something that creates negative feelings. Photo: iStockphoto/Suemack Commonly hoarded items Breda Stack is the clutter therapist behind National Declutter Day on 28 September. She says it could be the perfect time to reflect on your own habits and outlines the types of possessions that people are likely to hoard: “All sorts, but the most common ones would be clothes, books, newspapers, financial documents that can date back as far as 20 or 30 years, childhood toys, or the clothes and toys of your own children. We need to release some of that stuff. People are looking at the books and clothes in terms of the experiences they provided, but we can only fit so much until the shelves start to take the pressure, or the wardrobe won’t close.” She adds, “You have to be practical about it. Physical clutter becomes mental and emotional jumble.” Reasons for hoarding There are several reasons why people hoard clutter. Sentimentality is a major one. Often people can’t let go of ornaments or other gifts given to them as presents – even when they can’t stand the sight of these items. However, it’s important to consider whether the gift bearer would really want you to keep something you hate? The answer is most likely no. Beginning to declutter Breda believes there are a few simple steps: “In terms of clothes look at what suits your own body shape and what colours and styles suit you, then eliminate the rest. Gauge the amount of space you have. So many people I meet feel they can never declutter because they are overwhelmed.” She says, “It’s all about getting in the right mindset, organising yourself, coming up with storage solutions and an interior design plan.” The added value of decluttering There is huge potential to make money on DoneDeal by decluttering. Nobody wants to put something straight in the bin, as it feels wasteful – a more satisfying solution is to put it up for sale at a bargain price. According to Breda, “A big reason for people hoarding clothes is the amount of money they may have spent on an outfit. They feel guilty about not keeping it, even if it’s only been worn once and will never be worn again.” Her advice is, “You need to accept that the money is gone, so why not go about selling it or passing it on? You need to let it go and forget about the money you originally spent.” Start selling A good incentive is to visualise someone else enjoying or making use of an item that you no longer want. Read the articles on decluttering in the DoneDeal Blog for ideas to get you started. Have a look at the different sections on DoneDeal to help categorise your clutter. For example, in Clothes & Lifestyle you can see what items are selling, from clothes and shoes to  accessories. So, if you’re tired of looking at a pile of books that you’ve already read, that guitar you got for Christmas that you only played once, or those lonely outfits in the wardrobe that never see the light of day, then maybe it’s time to put them all up for sale on DoneDeal. You’ll liberate yourself, make some cash and celebrate National Declutter Day all in one. #Electronics #ClothesampLifestyle #Fashion #Declutter #MusicampEducation #SportampHobbies #BabyampKids