Friends, I can think of 1 and only 1 item that I have ever gotten rid of only to regret it later: a funnel. Yes, I donated a kitchen funnel because I never used it, and then started to find myself in need of one again and again. So I had to go buy another one, which cost me all of $2.
Everything else I have let go over the last 13 years of marriage, and it’s been THOUSANDS of items, has not been missed. You see, one of the important lessons I have learned since starting Stuff Parents Need is that you don’t need as much stuff as you might think. I’ve also learned that you will be much happier when everything in your home has a place to live, and when you understand that not everything you own needs for its place to live to continue to be in your home.
Little by little, this year I have been doing some intense de-cluttering in our home. I read the bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, and while not everything in the book spoke to me, I did pick up on some key points, especially her point that if an item doesn’t bring you joy, it doesn’t need to keep living with you. By keeping that point in mind, I have had a much easier time letting go of things that I had previously rationalized keeping because they were “ok enough” or because I “might possibly one day maybe” need them.
For additional ideas to help all of us de-clutter this fall, eBay has partnered with Marie Kondo to develop 15 brand new tidying tips created exclusively for eBay users. You can find them here.
There are plenty of reasons to check out the tips and start your own de-cluttering process! In addition to helping your house feel more comfortable and even more inviting to guests, which is especially important during the holiday season, de-cluttering your home of objects gently used, new or like-new objects that you don’t love could have another great benefit: it can bring in some extra cash! Have you ever tried selling on eBay? In the past I have strictly been a shopper on eBay, but as I have been clearing away the excess and the unloved in my home, I’ve realized that these items might be just the thing someone else is seeking!
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And if you don’t have time during this busy season to list items for sale on eBay yourself, try using eBay Valet, a professional selling service that makes it SO easy to sell your items. You simply visit eBay.com/valet, request and print a free postage paid shipping label, and ship your items in any box. eBay Valet also offers access to experts who will showcase items in the best light, in front of the largest online shopping audience. You can even use eBay Valet to handle estimating prices of your products to handling the shipping process to your auction winners.
I had some great finds going through my girls’ rooms, and in fact, the average household has around 52 extra or unused items worth over $4,000 just sitting in their homes taking up space. Wouldn’t you like to turn all that unwanted stuff into something you definitely want ($$$)? Selling on eBay has never been easier, and with 157 MILLION active users, the odds are quite good that the items you no longer want are very much wanted by someone (or maybe SEVERAL someones) out there on eBay. From clothing, electronics to popular household items, you can find it (and sell it!) on eBay.
So what’s the best way to get started? Well, step one is to de-clutter your home so that you can discover some of those great finds that might do well for you on eBay. As I mentioned, Marie Kondo has partnered with eBay to offer 15 tidying tips that are perfect for eBay users – you can download these great tips here and make your de-cluttering mission a family affair. Your home will feel more peaceful and happy, and you’ll get to have a lot of fun by turning your clutter into cash thanks to the beauty of the global market on eBay.