Let’s face it – the environment and culture we live in speak volumes when it comes to hoarding things. We live in a society where there are packrats and then there are minimalists. Having a lot of possessions causes a lot of stress on the mind and prevents clear thought processes. Matter-of-fact, in an online survey by the Huffington Post, 84% of Americans who experienced stress said they worry about whether or not their home is clean or organized enough.
As more people around the world accumulate possessions, it continues to create a need for self-storage. This has created the demand for shows like Storage Wars and other venues that capitalize on people’s need to have “things.” What most people don’t realize is that clutter drains your resources, mentally and financially. Keeping a calendar that will help you utilize the one in, two out system will eventually help you downsize and reduce your clutter.
There are quite a few ways to declutter and turn your clutter into cash. Here are a few ways:
- Garage sales – This can really impact your wallet, especially if you have a lot of things you can sell. You would be surprised how many people turn out for yard sales each and every weekend. It’s not just a hobby, it’s a movement.
- Ebay – This is one of the main outlets for selling and reselling things that you no longer want or need. Someone’s trash always ends up being another’s treasure. Ebay uses the platform to bring truth to that saying in a major way.
- Assess your valuables – Many times we have things that are worth a lot of money and don’t even realize it. Take the time to go through your things and see how much money you can salvage from your belongings.
- Clean out your storage unit – If you’re looking to put money in your pocket, clean out your storage unit. You may be able to get a smaller space or get rid of it entirely. If you are strained for cash, this is a good way to reassess your money and put it to good use in other ways.
- Organize your finances – Yes, your finances can be in a state of clutter and so disorganized that you don’t know what’s going out or coming in on a consistent basis. Looking at a budget and finding ways to cut costs can help you add more money to your budget and wallet at the end of the month.
These are just a few ways where you can turn every area of your life that has “clutter” into cash that will help you get yourself organized and your house in order. Having a semblance of order helps in more ways that you can ever imagine. It’s no fun to look for items that you can’t find because you aren’t organized. As the saying goes, time definitely is money … a precious commodity that most of us don’t have enough of. Utilize your time and your resources wisely. You’ll thank yourself for it later.