To some people, clutter is the enemy of the house and must be cleaned up immediately. To others, clutter is like a pile of treasure that is just waiting to be discovered. It should come as no surprise that some of the stuff you’ve been keeping around could be worth a considerable amount, especially if you’ve been hoarding collectables and valuable items over the years. So if you’re thinking about decluttering your home soon, here’s a little guide on how you can discover the value of your clutter and make some money off it.
Selling your clutter
To make money from your clutter, you’ll likely be selling it to buyers online or even in person. It depends on the size of the item and how practical it is to send to somebody else. For example, you might have a large piece of furniture that you want to get rid of. This is going to be extremely difficult (and often expensive) to send to somebody else. However, if there’s somebody willing to pay for the shipping costs, then it could be arranged. In most cases, selling small items is usually the best option as they can usually fit into small bags or boxes.
Valuing your clutter
But before you sell anything, you need to understand what it’s worth. The process of valuing antique furniture can be confusing and it might be a little out of your comfort zone. After all, you don’t want to undervalue something and you also don’t want to overvalue it and scare buyers away. If you’re unsure how to value your items, it’s a good idea to speak to a professional to evaluate it, but only if you’re certain that it’s going to be worth a lot. For example, if you’ve had it for an extremely long time and it’s still in great condition, then it may be worth hiring a professional to value it.
Otherwise, you can generally value smaller items by simply looking online. This is a great idea for things such as comic books, trading cards, and smaller collectables. Doing a quick search on platforms such as eBay can yield some instant results that will give you a rough idea of how much your clutter is worth.
Preparing your clutter
If you’ve determined that there’s money hidden in your home, it’s a good idea to start preparing your clutter and giving it a little clean. Don’t do anything too drastic that could affect the quality of the item. For example, you can give little statues and toys a little clean or dusting, but don’t try to use chemical products on it to make it shine or look brand new. If possible, make sure you protect your items with bubble wrap or even a plastic wrap when you box it to preserve them when you send them off to a buyer. This helps to keep them in good condition and will reduce the chances of it being damaged in transit.