Pre Spring-Cleaning, Cleaning.

Why wait til Spring to do some closet cleaning? As  I mentioned last post, the beginning of the year is one of the best times to shop for new things, so you obviously need to make room, right?

First, take some time to go through the things you know you aren’t wearing or using. I do this periodically because as I mentioned before, I hate having clutter, or space taken up with something that I know is not serving a purpose. A good way to check whether you are or are not wearing what you have is to turn all of your hangers one way at the beginning of the year. Then as you wear or use whatever it is, you hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite direction. That way, after a year or a certain period of time, you will see what you are and are not actually wearing.

This year, Ebay is your friend!

After decluttering (at least a little bit!) selling things on Ebay is a fantastic way to get something back and make all the work worth it. I’ve had incredible luck selling my old items on Ebay, and I don’t think it’s just a fluke, and here’s why – PEOPLE, WILL, BUY, ANYTHING. I mean it, even some of the things I’ve felt were pointless to sell because “who would want them?” SOMEONE ALWAYS DOES. Old clothes, jackets, bags, shoes… We ladies love a good deal, and apparently new or used will be accepted. “One person’s trash is another’s treasure” should be Ebay’s slogan.

The process is very simple.  1. create an Ebay account, 2. make a Paypal account to have your sales deposited to, 3. take pictures of your items, and 4. create posts for them with as much detail as you can. They’ve made shipping things you’ve sold very simple, allowing you to print out a label right from your Ebay account with discounted prices on delivery confirmation.

You obviously will have the best luck with items that are A. In season, B. name brands and C. with tags. But it can’t hurt to put whatever things you have up as you declutter. Sometimes I’ve had to relist items several times before they sold, it’s just a matter of who happens to be looking around that week that you post.

One con of selling on Ebay is the percentage that both Ebay and Paypal take from your sales, and this is unavoidable. But if you make enough sales, it makes it worth it. I used to try to take clothing I was getting rid of to places like Plato’s Closet and the like, but I’ve never gotten as much back as I have when using Ebay, even with the fees from Ebay and Paypal.

You can also of course donate your old items to charities such as Purple Heart, or similar organizations that accept clothing for the needy. This is a good karmic route to take, and especially if you don’t have the time to take pictures and list your items.

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