Hints and tips / 17 February, 2018

Decluttering tips: making money

Decluttering can bring inner calm and make your home easier to manage, but do you know that it can also make you money?

Declutter and make money

When you declutter and sort through your possessions, you will undoubtedly come across items which you could sell on sites like eBay, Gumtree or schpock. For the fashion conscious, Depop is a great platform for selling second hand clothing and accessories.

Selling through these sites takes time and effort, and it can be disappointing when items you love fail to excite much interest, but it can be a way of raising very useful cash.

Our top tips for selling on these sites are:

  1. If you are selling anything electrical or electronic, make sure it is working
  2. If the item came with instructions and you still have, then make sure sellers know the manual is included and perhaps include a photograph of it too
  3. Make sure the item is clean and in good repair.
  4. Do your research. If possible, find out the original price of the item and check to see if anybody else is selling something similar as this will help you pitch at a sensible starting price.
  5. Check posting options carefully and give accurate prices and timescales
  6. Take clear, uncluttered, well-lit photographs showing the item from every angle. Remember to take a photograph of the label of a garment or the serial number on the back of a piece of equipment, as buyers find this information reassuring.
  7. Give as much information as you possibly can: size, material, country of origin, dimensions, capacity, etc. If the item needs batteries, say so and let potential buyers know what type of batteries they will need to get. The more information you provide, the more likely you are to get serious interest. Buyers can be put off if they need to contact you to get more detail.
  8. Keep an eye out for email alerts and answer queries quickly
  9. Make sure you post items promptly
  10. Always give feedback; you are more likely to receive it in return

And just to add to the list, there are two other important things to remember:

  1. Be realistic and make sure you can cope with items not selling or going for less than you hoped
  2. Be diligent in watching out for emails and comments from buyers – it really doesn’t work if you upload your item and only check back on progress a week later.

We hope we haven’t just put you off selling your hoard of decluttered items because there is money to be made! Here are some texts we have received from happy clients:

‘Blimey, you weren’t wrong about those wine glasses. Loading to eBay right now!’

‘I had a mini bidding war over those little glass ramekins – which came free with lovely puddings! Happy days!’

‘Who would have known that the hideous clock would prove so desirable?’

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If you need help with sorting and decluttering tasks, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.

https://www.apdo.co.uk

Originally published by Carefully Sorted on LinkedIn on December 5th 2017

 

Hints and tips / 16 February, 2018

Decluttering tips: saving money

Decluttering can bring inner calm and make your home easier to manage, but do you know that it can also save you money?

Declutter and save money

When cupboards are in a mess it is difficult to see what you have and so it is highly likely that you will go out and buy things again. Duplication wastes money; decluttering saves it.

Here are our top tips to save money by decluttering.

Groceries, toiletries and cleaning products

  1. Check food cupboards regularly so you know what you have and you won’t go out and buy things you already have in stock. This is especially true if you buy items in bulk. After decanting some of the product into a smaller container to keep to hand, it is tempting to store the larger container at the very top or back of a cupboard, and where it can be forgotten. Try not to tuck things into inaccessible places; out of sight can mean out of mind and lead to waste.
  2. Make sure you keep an eye on sell-by dates. It is helpful to put newer items to the back of the fridge or cupboard and bring older produce to the front. If you eat things in date order you will be less likely to find yourself throwing food away.
  3. After a shopping trip, empty all your shopping bags and put the items away where they belong. At Carefully Sorted we have numerous examples of clients finding items they thought they had lost or forgotten to buy at the bottom of old shopping bags.
  4. Group items together and use them one at a time before opening or buying new ones. This is particularly important for toiletries and cleaning products. Working in a client’s kitchen recently we found four lots of ice bags – including one from a supermarket which ceased trading eight years ago!

Wardrobes and chests of drawers

  1. Decluttering your wardrobe and making sure the clothes you keep are stored neatly and tidily means they will last longer.
  2. Invest in some new hangers. Wooden ones are good for coats; wire ones should go. For shirts, tops, dresses, etc. we like the slim, velour-covered hangers because they are space-efficient and the coating means silks and fine fabrics don’t slip off.
  3. Hang long items such as maxi dresses and evening wear on the left of the wardrobe and shorter garments on the right with everything in between graduated according to length. This looks good and maximises space in the bottom of the wardrobe too.
  4. Careful folding helps. Look on line and learn the latest folding techniques. They save space and keep your clothes neat. We find this particularly good with jeans.
  5. If your wardrobe is tidy, and you can see what you have at a glance, you will be able to mix and match what you have and get greater use out of your separates.
  6. You won’t buy duplicates of clothes you already own, something we have often come across quite often with clients.

CONTACT US TODAY FOR A CHAT

If you need help with sorting and decluttering tasks, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.

https://www.apdo.co.uk

Originally published by Carefully Sorted on LinkedIn on December 13th 2017

 

Hints and tips / 16 February, 2018

Decluttering tips: finding money

Do you know that when you declutter you might find money?

DECLUTTER AND FIND MONEY

It is estimated that the average UK household has at least £50 lying around in loose change. In the first of a series of short articles on decluttering and saving money, we talk about the likelihood of finding money when you declutter – especially when you tackle paperwork and abandoned piles of post.

You would be amazed at the amount of cash we come across when we help our clients declutter. Here are three recent examples:

  • Nearly £100 worth of coins down the back of the sofa, scattered on the floor and in saucers and pots scattered round a client’s living room
  • £350 in a little wallet tucked in the pocket of a suitcase
  • More than £500 in envelopes and plastic bags mixed in with unopened post and junk mail on the table and floor of a client’s dining room.

Here are some tips to help you avoid ‘losing’ money in this way:

SMALL CHANGE

Avoid the temptation to fling small bits of change into random pots and saucers around your house.

In our experience, there are two good ways of making the most of small change.

Keep the coins in your purse and spend them. Many shopkeepers will be delighted to get exact money, especially for small purchases, but shopkeepers can refuse your payment if you don’t follow these simple rules:

  • You can only pay for 20p worth of goods with pennies or tuppences
  • You can only pay for £5 worth of goods with 5ps or 10ps
  • You can only pay for £10 worth of goods with 20ps or 50ps
  • £1 and £2 coins can be used for any amount

Designate one special jar for all your loose change, but make sure you empty it regularly and either bank or spend the proceeds.

Some banks and supermarkets have machines which sort loose change for you and replace the coins with notes or store vouchers. Look on line to find out if there is one near you.

If you plan to take your loose change into your local bank, it is a good idea to get some coin bags from the bank first and sort the coins into designated types and amounts before taking it in – the cashier will thank you for your foresight in getting properly organised and it will avoid a queue building up behind you!

CHECK YOUR HOLIDAY BAGS

When you come back from a holiday, check all the pockets of your luggage to make sure you haven’t left your stash of emergency money hidden away.

If you have significant amounts of foreign currency left and you know you will be visiting that country again, put the cash away with your passport ready for your next trip. If you are unlikely to be returning to the same destination, ask your bank to convert the money back into sterling or have it credited to your account.

We think these simple routines will stop you from losing money round the house. Happy decluttering!

CONTACT US TODAY FOR A CHAT

If you need help with sorting and decluttering tasks, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of APDO The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.

https://www.apdo.co.uk

Originally published by Carefully Sorted on LinkedIn on November 17th 2017

Hints and tips / 31 May, 2017

Decluttering hints: find your own approach

The internet is awash with decluttering hints and tips on getting your home tidy and efficient so it is hard to know where to turn and which method to use.

Different decluttering methods

At Carefully Sorted we have found that one size does not fit all and so we use a range of different methods depending on the task. If you are tidying up at home, one of our top decluttering hints is to mix and match various techniques. The key is to be open to different approaches and through trial and error you will soon find what works best for you. If you stick rigidly to a particular method, you may struggle to complete the decluttering that you have started because you will be more worried about getting it right than getting it done.

Here is a small example from a recent assignment when I used a particular, and very popular, method to complete a task. Our client had quite a number of socks, but his sock drawer was a mess and he spent more time than necessary each morning rummaging for a suitable pair.

An open chest of drawers showing an assortment of messy socks including plain and striped pairs

Using the Konmari method

For this small task I decided to use the Konmari method and set about folding all the socks: it worked very well. The drawer was soon neat and tidy and my client was delighted to be able to find his socks quickly and easily.

However, when I tried to apply the same method to other items in the chest of drawers, it was less successful so I folded the contents of each subsequent draw in the best way for those particular items.

So the moral of this very short tale is to use whatever method works best for what you want to achieve and to free yourself not only from the clutter and untidiness but also from the dogma of specific methods; you will find the experience liberating. In this particular example, rescuing a retro stud box from the messy sock drawer and finding a new home for it on top of the tall boy, was the icing on the cake!

The top of a modern chest of drawers with an antique jewellery box, a lamp, a leather stud box and other ornaments.

Contact us today for a chat

If you need help with sorting and decluttering tasks, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

 

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of APDO The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.

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First published on LinkedIn on 20th September 2016.