Yes I know spring is usually the season for having a big clear out but now the twins have started school I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a clear out of clothes, books, DVDs and toys that we just don’t need anymore.
Last year we did a big building project on our house, which meant that most of our clothes, toys and books were packed up and put away for six months. It always amazes me what you don’t miss! When it came to unpacking the clothes I was quite strict with myself about only keeping things that I could really see myself wearing again soon.
Six months on again, there are still plenty of things that I haven’t worn and not just because we’ve had an unseasonably warm summer! I am ashamed to say I am also one of those people who has brand new clothes hanging in the wardrobe just waiting for
a completely different lifestyle the right opportunity to have the labels snipped off and to be worn. Some of these I have realised will have to go as I am probably never going to morph into an uber glam mum in the playground *sigh*.
In the spirit of de – cluttering I have amassed a pile of children’s clothes, some of the OHs and some of mine. The next stage has been sorting out what goes into clothes recycling, what can go to the charity shop and what could be sold on to recoup some of the money I’ve spent on buying things that I haven’t worn…
I find selling clothes online a bit of a tricky thing. I know a lot of people use Ebay but I haven’t had that much luck with it, I think there must be a knack to get people bidding on your items and all the toing and froing with questions, photos and trips to the Post Office gets a bit wearing.
While I was rummaging around online to find a good place to offload my DVDS I went to Music Magpie a site my husband introduced me too – a few years ago my OH decided we no longer needed CDs and used the site to trade them ALL in. When I found out I wasn’t best pleased as it meant that I had to buy again some of my favourites for the car… but anyway I digress - so I have used the site before but didn’t realise that now you can sell second hand clothes on there.
I had a little play to see what some of my items might be worth and whilst it’s probably not going to make me a fortune it was good to see exactly how much I could get for different things. Even better you can sell kids clothes on there too so I again played around with what I would get for some of the kids items and quickly moved some of the items ear marked for my nieces and nephews to destroy into the ‘I need new shoes fund’ pile
The other thing that struck me about the site is that you can send your items for free! None of the pesky postage which comes with other ways to sell online and if you want to you can donate the value of your items to charity. I really like this idea as I still know that charities are benefitting from my second hand clothes without having to take them into the local shops. Schools are also encouraged to get involved and get parents to bring in things they don’t want and then the school can use Music Magpie and make money.
I have now almost finished the de-clutter and everything is looking much better. I do feel better for having had a good sort out and more ready to start my plan to return to the world of work.
PS. In my online travels I haven’t yet found a shop that wants to take my lovely collection of elephants from around the world, much to the OH’s disappointment. I guess they will just have to remain pride of place in the office until such a time that someone starts a site dedicated to ornament relocation – should you ever hear of such a site please do not under any circumstances tell me or the OH about it .
Disclaimer: this post contains some sponsored content but the experiences, views and act of de-cluttering are all mine. If anyone wants to help with the de-clutter next time please let me know!