Let’s say you’re in the process of spring cleaning or you’ve just completed the 30 Day Minimalism Game. What do you do with all the stuff you’re getting rid of?

No one wants to throw it all in the trash- that seems wasteful. You’d love for it to go to people in need, but you may not know a good place to donate it. And some of it may be worth a decent amount of money that can go towards paying off debt, bills or a much-needed vacation.

I found that my stuff fit into 3 categories: Sell, Donate & Trash

First, start with the things you’d like to SELL. Electronics, clothing and textbooks immediately come to mind. I suggest selling these online through your local Facebook community, Amazon, Poshmark, etc. Or if you’re able to have a garage sale, that’s a great way to get it all out of your house at once and earn some extra cash. 

I will say- I am a huge proponent of Poshmark. 

It’s an app/website that lets you sell things online- mostly clothing and accessories. Potential buyers can purchase your items immediately via the “buy now” button or they can “offer” you another amount. You can either accept, counteroffer or decline. Once a price is agreed on, the buyer pays for shipping (which is a huge plus). Poshmark emails you a USPS label, you box up the item and drop it at the Post Office. Once the Buyer receives the item, they have 3 days to inspect it and make sure it’s in the same condition you described in the post. After they accept it, the money is deposited into your “account” and you can choose a direct transfer to your bank or a physical check. 

Look out for an upcoming post about the ins and outs of Poshmark and how I found success in selling on the app. 

Once you’ve sold your selected items, pick out the things you’d like to DONATE. The key is to find a reputable charity to donate your items to. While we all want things to be convenient, we also want to make sure what we’re giving away is actually going to people in need. Personally, I try to avoid for-profit organizations like Goodwill. I suggest looking up local charities online or asking around at work, someone is bound to have charitable connections.

Whatever’s left after you’ve sold and donated your items is probably TRASH. Try to let go of your connection to items that didn’t make the cut for the first two categories. There’s a reason why they’re still there. Papers you no longer need can easily be shredded, same with those rusted paper clips and pens without ink. First look into recycling, then just bite the bullet and throw the rest away.

Now that you’ve gone through your 3 categories, you should feel relieved- that you’ve made some extra money, donated to others in need and thrown out unusable items that were collecting dust in your house.