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Recent years have seen a boom in interest in self-storage, as we acquire more and more “stuff” with less space to put it in. If you look around your home today, can you honestly say that you need – and use – everything in it? Have you been paying for a storage unit for years, conveniently ignoring the rising cost, as you have nowhere else to store your stuff? Increasing pressure to economise, as well as the wide range of opportunities to sell old possessions now mean that those items cluttering up your home or storage unit could be put to good use. In fact, as well as clearing out your home and reducing your storage needs, you could generate some cash from all that clutter.
Every surface, cupboard or shelf could be a place to find clutter that you could convert into cash. In particular, these locations tend to be a goldmine for items that have been put away, never to be used again:
Some options are better than others when it comes to selling old items on. Clothes, for example, are often best sold on eBay while unopened kitchenware or bedding can be easily sold via apps like Shpock. If you have items such as glassware, silverware, crockery and ornaments, you might want to consider taking them to a car boot sale, as you can often achieve a higher price by selling these in a way that allows the buyer to handle the item first.
Successfully selling clutter to make some cash requires a little organisation in terms of how you approach the selling process. If you find the right forum then you could be very pleased with the results.
Amanda Gillam is Solution Loans's General Manager and has been since 2009. She is also a prolific writer on personal finance issues, and has been quoted numerous times in articles published on 3rd party websites and in press releases. Her...Read about Amanda Gillam
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