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Thursday, September 20 2012

Can you believe I just said that!  Well, it's true! 

It's true that decluttering can lighten your load.  If you wish to sell items you no longer want, you CAN make some money.  That's true.  However...

Have you ever thought about this?  Although repairing broken items instead of purchasing a replacement can save you money, you sometimes end up with more clutter than when you started.  It is likely that you will add new items before the old items leave your home and, if you don't get rid of them quickly, they can linger in your home and take up space.

Here are some ways to AVOID the "clutter build-up" that can occur:

1. Stocking up on coupons and sales flyers.  They can start to fill up precious space in your home if you do not have a specific space to keep your coupons (as well as the large quantities of things you get that you might not need - just to satisfy the requirements of that coupon).

2.  Buying in bulk.  It's true that shopping at BJ's, Costco or any other warehouse type store can offer big savings and the convenience of purchasing paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc. is helpful.  However, be careful when it comes to perishables (meat, poultry, dairy) and other items that expire.  It's possible they can expire before you get the chance to use them and then you are just wasting your money.  Also, purchasing in bulk is great if you have the room to store such items.  If not, don't buy more than you can store. 

3.  Saving useless things to make something new.  We all have good intentions but saving scraps of wrapping paper, buttons that come with that new sweater or those single socks with no mates can create clutter.  If we do not have a clear plan for how we are going to use them and a deadline in which to do so, it just all becomes clutter.  Get rid of them!

4.  Saving things that need repair.  It's true that you can save money by doing your own repairs (like hemming pants or sewing on buttons) but if you don't continually keep up with the repairs, the items can become a pile of clutter.  I have seen this time and time again when working with my clients.  Sometimes the cost of having someone repair the item for you may be higher than replacing it.  (A zipper on a jacket, for example.)  Skip the repairs that cost more than 50 percent of what it would cost to buy a new one and immediately get rid of the old one.  

5.  Collecting items for consignment.  Clothing is a very popular consignment item.  Consignment can be great if you have the time to take the items to the consignment shop and it's exactly what the shop is looking for.  Otherwise, it's a waste of time.  Also, you tend to not get a great deal of money for your item.  Why not have a clothing swap party instead? 

Feel free to go ahead and turn your clutter into cash.  Just remember, your attempts at saving money just might be creating clutter.  Pay attention to your lifestyle and whether doing these things make sense.  Don't let your clutter consume your space or your time.

Let me know your thoughts.  In the meantime, have a great week!


Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 11:26 am   |  Permalink   |  8 Comments  |  Email
Great ideas. Another one for your old clothing is to donate it to a thrift shop. Many of them will even come to your home and pick them up. And you can use a service like to track your donations for tax deductions.
Posted by Karen Jett on 09/20/2012 - 01:12 PM
Donating to a thrift shop is always a good idea. No money to be made directly but a good deduction for your annual tax return! Thanks Karen!
Posted by Audrey on 09/20/2012 - 01:23 PM
Here is a link to a very large seasonal consignment sale that has a service called "Tags N Pins". For a fee of about .80 per item, she prices the items, hangs and tags them in the way the sale requires. She picks them up at your house, drops them off to the consignment location, and registers everything for you! Only thing I did was fold items neatly in boxes, she won't take things all crumpled in trash bags. It reduces the profit you might earn, but I think well worth it.
Posted by Denise on 09/20/2012 - 02:21 PM
Great site Denise! For those of you in New Jersey, this seems to be the place to go. If anyone else has other favorite consignment shops, feel free to share.
Posted by Audrey on 09/20/2012 - 05:28 PM
These points are really great. They are the same concepts I teach my clients. I like the way you explain them. : )
Posted by Connie Longtin on 09/21/2012 - 12:01 PM
There are some great tips Audrey. I know personally I gave up on the consignment thing b/c i found i received very little back for my time and effort. I would much rather donate the clothes to some charity or clothing drive and take the tax credit. What they cant use they recycle the cloth then so it never goes to waste. We just cleaned out the garage last weekend and got rid of some things that we really didnt know why we were saving in the first place.
Posted by Gina on 09/21/2012 - 01:53 PM
Thanks Gina. Appreciate the feedback.
Posted by Audrey on 09/21/2012 - 03:41 PM
Thanks Connie. These concepts surprise a lot of my clients but once explained, they make sense. I mentioned this blog to my clients today in fact and I find I can use these examples quite often.
Posted by Audrey on 09/21/2012 - 03:44 PM

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