If there is chaos in the apartment and there is a lack of space, the big decluttering often begins. But what to do with the discarded items?
Moving boxes are piled up in the basement, chaos reigns in the attic and nothing fits into the storage room anymore – if you clear out your apartment every now and then, you keep things tidy and make room for new things. Here you can find out how best to proceed and how you can still earn money with the sorted out items.
Getting rid of old things: how to successfully declutter
At the flea market, you can often make some money with old treasures. © Matej Kastelic/Imago
When clearing out the apartment, it is important to take enough time. In order to separate useless from valuable things, one should therefore proceed in small steps. In this way, only the things that deserve it go into the trash. It all starts with sorting. Items that are broken or useless belong directly in the garbage. Used clothes, functional electrical appliances, bicycles and books, on the other hand, can usually be gotten rid of elsewhere. For many items there is usually a grateful buyer, because often there is still some money to be made with the supposedly worthless things.
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If you want to turn valuable finds or collector's items such as furniture, art, jewelry, coins and porcelain into money, you should do your research in advance. Otherwise, the yield from a sale may be significantly lower than hoped. A search on the Internet or the advice of an expert can help with this. In order to get a rough idea of the value, it is then necessary to find pieces that are as comparable as possible. Catalogues of online auction portals or classifieds can be a help.
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If clothes, household appliances and books have not been used for a long time, they may be better off elsewhere. Things that you would give to a friend or relative with a clear conscience are usually also suitable for sale. To return the used items, there are the following options:
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Fancy a voyage of discovery?
- Flea market: Belly objects, but also valuable treasures can be sold at the flea market. However, high prices are usually not achieved here.
- Online Classifieds: In online portals, used items can be easily sold, exchanged or given away. The younger and higher quality the items are, the more money can be earned with them.
- Donations to social institutions: Clothing, toys and household items are particularly popular with social organizations and institutions.
Unfortunately, if you know the approximate value of a high-quality item, you have to be aware that you can't necessarily sell it for it. Even with one-of-a-kind items, the sale can be lengthy and the selling price may be lower than expected.