Financial Fast Day 15 of 21: 10 Tips to FIND Money through Decluttering

With only one week remaining, take the time to DECLUTTER. Why declutter? I’ll tell you. I finally sold my house that I hadn’t lived in for almost 5 years. I had so much stuff even after I gave away things including furniture, I had to DECLUTTER.

Look at how much stuff you have. How many duplicate items you have i.e. black boots, winter coats, pairs of jeans, etc. Remove some items that don’t fit, aren’t used but still usable. Determine which items you can sell and those you should give away.

A room in disarray/clutter

  1. Schedule a decluttering weekend. Some weekends are busier than others, the weather is bad or you have a long weekend. This is a perfect time to declutter.
  2. Create (3) containers for the items you donate: “trash”, “donate” and “maybe”. Your “maybe” container should NOT be larger than the “donate” container if you have not decluttered since NEVER. If the last time you declutter was when your kids were under 5 years old and they are teenagers, it’s to declutter. Let’s be real.
  3. Select one closet in your house to declutter each month. Yes a month! A lot of stuff can be hidden in a single closet.
  4. Take inventories of items in each closet. Grab a pen and pad or use Evernote to record how many old toothbrushes you have or hair combs. Keep a tally of each item.
  5. If it is not something you will be using in the next 6 months, has been used for its purpose or it has expired, simply throw it out or recycle it. Example: Go through your bedroom closet and then count the number of black slacks you have.
  6. Try each pair of shoes and slacks and try on your shoes. If they don’t fit, place them into the donation or to sell pile.
  7. In your kitchen, start in your refrigerator throwing out expired open food and spoiled fruits, veggies and leftover.
  8. When cleaning out your kitchen cabinet, any food items that is open and has an expired date is thrown away. Then organize food items by categories i.e. all cans of black beans, tuna, etc. are placed together. Now inventory all of these items.
  9. Put a load in your car for charity. If you’ve decluttered a bunch of stuff, you might have a “to donate” pile that’s just taking up space in a corner of your room. Take a few minutes to box it up and put it in your trunk. Then tomorrow, drop it off.
  10. You now know what items NOT to purchase because you have a plethora of them in your home.

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