When you’re a parent, finances are always at the forefront of your mind — as is the desire for a clean, tranquil home that doesn’t require constant maintenance. In reality, however, keeping a home in order is no easy feat. The second you get finished organising and tidying, you turn around and, as if by some horrendous miracle, your home appears to have turned itself upside down and the whole process begins again.
To parents around the world, minimalism might seem like a far off and unlikely dream, but there are ways of decluttering your home to a certain extent. In fact, doing so could even benefit your bank account, so as well as having a more manageable household, you can enjoy a little more financial wriggle room.
Here are just a few ways in which you can profit from decluttering your home, from posting cash for gold to selling unused DVDs. If you have a few more suggestions, make sure to let us know in the comments!
Sell old jewellery and gold for cash
According to ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, when deciding what to keep and what to sell, donate or throw away, the one big question we are meant to ask ourselves is: “Does this item bring me joy?”.
If you have a jewellery drawer that is overflowing, question how often you actually make use of each piece. Do you rotate each and every one, and does each hold a special place in your heart? Or do you tend to stick to a few favourites?
Regardless of how expensive or impressive a piece of jewellery looks, if it isn’t for you, it isn’t for you. Keeping hold of a gold necklace or platinum ring might only evoke feelings of guilt every time you see it, if you know that you’re not getting any use out of it. Rather than holding onto unused jewellery, do yourself a favour and sell old jewellery for cash. Find a website that will honestly quote you the current gold price for your valuables and make sure they cover insurance. Then, relax and think about what you’re going to spend your extra pounds on.
Sell old toys on eBay
For some families, encouraging children to get rid of old toys can be a nightmare. But how many toys does the average kid really need?
According to Deborah MacNamara, clinical counsellor and author of “Rest, Play, Grow“, children need to play, but they don’t require a lot of toys. They are little adventurers and will explore their environment, finding enjoyment in even everyday things such as pots and pans. One study suggests that children who have too many toys are all too easily distracted and don’t actually enjoy quality playtime. The study, carried out by the University of Toledo, found that children who had fewer toys were more creative and played with each toy for twice as long. What’s more, in Britain, it is estimated that the typical child owns 238 toys, but they only play with 12 favourites. This suggests you have some serious decluttering to do — decluttering that will save you not only space, but also time and plenty of frustration.
It has never been easier to sell on eBay, and there will be grateful families and children all over the country who will be happy to take on pre-loved toys. Recruit your children and get them involved in the decision-making process. This might be easier than expected, particularly if you get them accustomed to donation from an early age. Remember: there are lots of online sources that can help your children get used to getting rid of toys.
Sell your old DVDs, CDs and Books
You have a busy life. When was the last time you really had the time to sit down and watch that box set of The Walking Dead? If you’re honest, you’re probably more of a Netflix fan anyway. It’s simpler, quicker and it doesn’t take up valuable real estate on your selves. The same goes for CDs (it’s all online these days) and books (eBooks and audiobooks are just so useful).
Nobody is suggesting that you get rid of your favourite novel or your child’s bedtime books, but if you decide to give up items you never look twice at anymore, you’d be surprised at how much more space you have in your home. Thankfully, there are sites such as We Buy Books that make this process easy. Simply visit their website, enter a book’s ISBN number or a DVD’s barcode and get an instant valuation. From there, you can print off a postage label and send them off for free — a stress-free and instant way of making a few extra pennies while freeing up room in your family home.
Decluttering can make you feel liberated and content — and there are many ways of making this happen. You don’t need to succumb to the chaos of a hectic house, especially not when there are financial benefits of eliminating the excess. Just remember to keep what you love and let go of what isn’t adding any value. Do this and you’ll give yourself a greater sense of happiness and freedom in your home.
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