How I Made Over $1,000 by Decluttering My Home {Free Printable}

by Journals to Freedom November 12, 2019 4 min read

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How I Made Over $1,000 by Decluttering My Home {Free Printable}

Honestly, we started decluttering our home to help accelerate our debt payoff journey, not because it had occurred to us that we might have too much stuff. My husband and I had read Dave Ramsey's Total Money Maker and in May of this year {2019} committed to getting out of debt. Actually, we listened to it on Audible. In August we had decided to take the Financial Peace University class at a local church.

"Sell so much stuff the kids think they're next" -Dave Ramsey

If you’re wondering what on Earth this has to do with decluttering… keep reading :) 

How do I start decluttering?

Decluttering can feel overwhelming and daunting just thinking about it, but it doesn't have to be! Printables for decluttering can make this process extremely organized and easy. I had to pick a room, the space that bothered me the most, and just start. If I hadn't used the item, let alone thought about it, in over six months, it needed to go. 

What do I do with my items after I declutter?

Free printable sorting list for decluttering your home

While decluttering, room by room, and going through all the items in your house, use this free printable sorting list to keep track of what you are going to keep, donate, sell, throw away, or recycle.


Grab your FREE printable sorting list here.

Grab your FREE printable sorting list here.

Grab your FREE printable sorting list here.


"One man's junk is another man's treasure..." -Yotam Ottolenghi

There are many easy ways to sell your unused items and make money from decluttering. These two are my favorite:

Sell on Mercari

Mercari is “The Selling App”. It’s a really fast and easy way to sell (or buy, but remember, we're DEcluttering!) almost anything. I take a few good photos of my item, add in details about the item, and list it in just a few minutes. All the items you marked “sell” on your free decluttering sorting list - the items you don't use, never used or just outgrew - sell them!

Here is my sign up for Mercari invitation link - you get $10 and I get $10.

Joined Mercari Selling App since July 2019

I joined Mercari in July of this year {2019} and since then have earned over $900 for the unused items in my house! SCORE!

Mercari Selling App total earnings

My absolute favorite thing about Mercari is that there is NO meeting people, no anxiously and awkwardly waiting in parking lots (or is that just me?), and no waiting for buyers that never show. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

You ship everything that you sell on Mercari.  So all I do is pack my items, print my shipping label, and schedule a USPS pickup. Easy peasy!

Mercari Selling App seller badges

Such an easy way to get some cash for the items in my home that were otherwise laying around just collecting dust.

Sell at Consignment Shops

My city puts on a HUGE consignment shop twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. And I mean huge, it takes place in our local civic center! When I have kids clothes, toys, books & other accessories that I have not passed down to mom friends, I sell them at consignment.  My husband helps me sort and enter items into the system, and then print, label and tag everything. For this consignment shop, we have the option to donate everything that does not sell.  We choose this option so that if we made some money from our unused items, then great! If not, then they get donated to local charities, also great! We drop our items off on the scheduled date and wait for our earnings check to be mailed.

The first time we sold our unused items at the consignment shop was in April. We earned $156.65.

One Week Boutique Consignment Shop earnings

In October, we had a lot more unused items ready to sell! We earned $233.35.

One Week Boutique Consignment Shop earnings

All of the money we earn from decluttering and selling the items we no longer want or use goes straight to our debt snowball!

Want even more decluttering printables?

Decluttering Binder from Journals to Freedom Printables

Does the thought of decluttering overwhelm you and you're just not sure where to start? Solidarity, sister, and I have just the thing to help you get there. This Decluttering Binder will show you how tidying up just a little bit everyday adds up to big results! 

What you'll receive with your printable Decluttering Binder:

What do you do with the items you are getting rid of while decluttering your home? Let me know in the comments below!

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