14 Ways to Get Rid of Clutter


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Post simple-to-ship castoffs, like that multispeed juice extractor you never use, online to reach the biggest audience of potential buyers. 

TIP: In-season clothes and accessories are easiest to sell. Also, don't try to list what's stained or torn -- discard them instead.

Clothes, Household Goods, Electronics

Skip McGrath, Web marketing expert and author of The Complete eBay Marketing System (skipmcgrath.com), suggests eBay for selling everything from popular brand names (Xbox, KitchenAid) to collectibles (silver tea sets, Barbie dolls). The site offers an auction format and fixed-price sales, which may be easier for first-timers who don't want to deal with the bidding process. Cost: McGrath estimates fees to be about 12.5 percent of your selling price, including PayPal charges. Fashion retail sites like poshmark.com let you download an app to conduct transactions from your tablet or smartphone. Cost: 20 percent of each sale, but listing and shipping items is fee-free. 


Popular for handmade goods, etsy.com is also a destination for retro housewares, jewelry and clothing.Cost: 20 cents to list an item for four months (or until it sells); 3.5 percent charge on each sale. For large collections, you can open your own storefront on rubylane.com, a vintage-focused marketplace, for $75. Cost: Commission-free but there's a listing fee of 30 cents per piece, a 20-cent monthly maintenance fee per item and a $30 monthly advertising fee.

Old and New

Books, music and movies sell particularly well on amazon.com, McGrath says. The site also takes just about anything relatively new that's still in its original packaging -- electronics, small appliances, sports equipment. Cost: No listing fee; 99 cents per item plus referral fees -- typically 6 percent to 25 percent of the sale. Books and media incur additional costs.

Large and Heavy

Internet classifieds like craigslist.org and eBayclassifieds.com attract local shoppers. They're ideal for listing bulky items like air conditioners and bookcases because buyers are responsible for hauling items away. On oodle.com you can tap into your personal connections and local networks via Facebook to market wares. Cost: All for-sale listings are free.
Let someone else handle the marketing and sale of your goods for a cut of the profit, says Nancy Heller, president of Goodbye Clutter in NYC. 

TIP: Always call ahead to thrift shops to check what's accepted.

Books and Movies 

Receive a gift card from amazon.com for books, DVDs and other products that meet their trade-in criteria. Barnesandnoble.com has a similar program for textbooks with payment via check or PayPal.


Ask about cash buy-back deals from your local wireless carrier, big-box stores or even mall kiosks. Heller recommends gazelle.com for instant quotes on cell phones and other tech gadgets based on model and condition.

Clothing and Accessories 

Brick-and-mortar consignment shops will sell top-quality in-season items in exchange for a portion of the sale. You usually can set a higher price at a consignment shop than on Craigslist, but the store will take a hefty cut -- up to a 50-50 split.


Chairish.com, a virtual consignment flea market of curated one-of-a-kind furnishings and decor, offers weekly markdowns and a 48-hour return policy. Sellers receive 50 percent to 80 percent of the final price.
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    Thank you for the list of places to get rid of items that are cluttering up our homes. I actually thought there would be tips but I'm a FLYLADY member so I have enough from her. Good information! :) - 3/3/2014   10:53:59 PM

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