I don’t read a lot of organizing books because I’ve always thought that the best way to get organized is to simplify. But while I used to be so much better at getting rid of clutter and making thoughtful purchases, having four young kids in the house has really challenged my ability to stay organized.
A few months ago, feeling exasperated by clutter and the constant chore of daily clean up with kids, I picked up Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I thought I was pretty good about decluttering, but after reading Kondo’s book, I was astonished to look around my house and see how much stuff we have that we don’t use and don’t love.
Kondo’s method is like nothing you’ve heard before. Forget everything you thought you knew about decluttering! It’s not about finding the right containers or even finding a place for everything. In fact, for Kondo, tidying isn’t something you should have to do every day or even every week. If you do it right and do it all at once, you don’t need to get organized ever again.
The book is really a fun and useful read, but if you’re anxious to get started right away and see what all the magic is about, eBay has partnered with Marie Kondo to develop 15 brand new tidying tips created exclusively for eBay. You can download the tips at eBay.com/sellitnow, featured in the “People Want What You Got” section.
I read that the average household has 52 extra or unused items worth over $4,000. I didn’t think this could possibly be true of my house until the kids and I began the tidying up process and I was amazed at how much “stuff” was hiding in plain sight all around our house. With eBay, we are turning a lot of the items we’ve discovered while decluttering into extra cash for the holidays.
My kids and I started our tidying up adventure with our clothes. Keeping Kondo’s tips in mind, we were ready to keep only the items that sparked joy.
Though I like to keep our bedrooms nice and tidy, I have to admit (hanging head in shame) that when I open my dresser drawers, they often look like this, which sparks anything but joy:
The kids’ drawers looked even worse, but after following Marie Kondo’s tips, we got them looking like this:
The kids were on board once I told them that they could keep any money they made from selling their clothes/toys on eBay after we finished decluttering. I had three really motivated little helpers!
We found clothes, handbags, and shoes that we didn’t love or use anymore but that were still in great condition to sell to eBay’s global community of 157 million active buyers. I had sweaters and dresses from Anthropologie, JCrew, and CrewCuts that had been pushed to the back of the drawers and forgotten about. These, along with previous generation technology, sell easily and well on eBay. We’ve already sold three of the five items we listed this week!
To make it even simpler, eBay Valet is a professional selling service that condenses the selling process into three simple steps: visit ebay.com/valet, request and print a free postage-paid shipping label, and ship items in any box. The Valet experts will showcase your items in the best light, in front of the largest online shopping audience. It’s safe and quick and the easiest way to make some extra cash!
I was feeling so overwhelmed with the daily tasks of keeping things organized with kids, but once I got started with the KonMarie method of decluttering, I was surprised at how easy it really is to declutter. Once we decided what we could part with, I was especially pleased by how easy it was to make some extra cash by selling our unused items on eBay and with eBay Valet.
Now my bedroom looks like this, I’ve got some extra money tucked away for holiday spending, and I couldn’t be happier!