Sunday, January 11, 2009

Decluttering

Decluttering can be a great way to find some extra room at home as well as make some money.

My husband and I are in the process of trying to fix up our house, which includes finishing the basement. In preparation for this we were down there a couple nights ago to help envision what we want to accomplish. One of the things that came up in are planning was decluttering. It can be truly amazing to see how much clutter can accumulate in the span of a year or two.

Long story short, we ended up going through all our stuff and sorting it into 4 categories:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Sell on E-bay
  • Trash
We now have a large pile of stuff to donate to Goodwill next time we head into town. We also got rid of a big box of trash and I have another big box of things to sell on E-bay.

It seems the main money maker of this stuff is actually my old Super Nintendo games. I have to admit, it's hard to give my old games up, especially my favorites (Earthbound, Secret of Mana, and Zelda), but I have to be honest with myself as well. I'm probably never going to play these games again. I've resigned myself to just look back on them with fond memories of yesteryear. I have to say I was a bit amazed at how much I can get for one game in particular, Earthbound. It seems this was rather rare and I happen to have not only the game but the player's guide as well, both in mint condition. According to E-Bay I should be able to pull down about $150 for the pair. Not to shabby.

I'm going to try and keep track of how much money I'm able to get from this decluttering adventure and then post that at a later date.

3 comments:

Anonymous

Whoa, I'm impressed, Amy! If you ever feel the urge, we have this crawl space....

I wonder how much we have down there that could bring money on e-bay. I just don't have the savy to deal with it now, but hope to when/if I retire. I'll bet you'd be amazed. Remember that whole bag of Care Bears? The originals? Yup, still got it. I assumed they would be worth something some day. :) Love you, Mom

Amata

I can only begin to imagine what you guys have down there.

Squawkfox

Doesn't decluttering feel amazing! Kudos to you for removing the extra unused stuff outta your life. I went through a major decluttering fit over the holidays. My home feels so amazing now. You need to take some photos and post the inspiration to your blog. I love a good clutter busting photoscape. :D

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