Using Apps and Sites to Sell Clutter

sell clutter using an app or website

 

We are headed into spring and it is time to purge all those items that have been sitting around since last year. This is when we realize just how much stuff we actually have and we are forced to evaluate what we really love, want, and need in our homes. Everything else can go!

There are many options for purging items. You can have a yard sale, visit a consignment store, donate to a local charity, pass things on to family and friends, or if something is in bad shape, just toss it or recycle it. Technology has now become a useful option with the use of websites and apps to sell clutter and turn unwanted items into cash.

 

There are many websites and apps that will help you unload your clutter, here are just a few to get you started.

Book Off
This is a used bookstore chain located in California, Hawaii, and New York. They buy old books, video games, and DVD’s. You simply take in your books, they evaluate them, and if they want to buy your items they pay you on the spot. You must be 18 or accompanied by an adult. www.bookoffusa.com

BookScouter
This site helps you sell textbooks and used books for the most money by comparing offers from numerous vendors. The idea is that you find who will pay the most for your book.
www.bookscouter.com

Gazelle
Buys electronics, including computers, laptops, iPods, tablets, gaming systems, and cell phones. www.gazelle.com

Letgo
Use the Letgo app to sell your unwanted items. Start by downloading the Letgo app, create an account, and then post items you want to sell. Us.letgo.com

Rebagg
Sell your designer bags. Submit photos via mobile device or computer of your gently used designer handbag and if accepted they will provide you with a quote. You can even order a free prepaid shipping box to anywhere in the U.S.

Thredup
An online consignment store/thrift store. They buy and sell secondhand clothing and accessories. www.thredup.com

This process takes time and patience. If you have both than this could be a profitable option for you. You will need to find a convenient place to store items until they sell so you will also need some storage space. Also, be cautious! If you are meeting a buyer in person, meet in a public place and please take someone with you.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

- Posted on March 2nd, 2017 in Blog

Virtual Organizing: Is it for you?

virtual organizingWhen you think about home organizing, you think about an organizer coming to your home and working with you to de-clutter and organize your stuff. Well, there is a type of organizing that’s changing things up a bit. It’s called Virtual Organizing.

With virtual organizing, you work with an organizer either by telephone or through live video (Skype, Google Hangouts, or Face Time). You meet virtually and focus on one space just as if your organizer were in your home. During your virtual session you would get help with decision-making, organizing solutions, and product suggestions. The main difference is that you are doing the physical work but with someone giving you guidance and expertise.

There are definitely benefits to virtual organizing.

  • It’s distance friendly. You can work with your organizer regardless of where you live
  • It’s budget friendly. The rates are usually lower than on-site organizing sessions.
  • It’s schedule friendly. Sessions are shorter and easier to schedule if you are busy.

However, virtual organizing is not a good fit for everyone. The following may help you decide if it’s a right fit for you.

  • You are a do-it-yourselfer but need guidance and accountability to complete your organizing project.
  • You have a busy schedule and don’t have time for on-site sessions.
  • You want to get organized but have a small budget.
  • You do not have an organizer in your area.
  • You are moving and want to continue to work with your organizer.
  • You are comfortable working via phone, email, or video.

Don’t worry, traditional on-site organizing isn’t going anywhere but this is a great option for some.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on December 30th, 2016 in Blog

Holiday Organizing Tips

holidayDon’t Stress…Get Organized this Holiday!

There is so much to do during the holidays and we often find ourselves running out of time and energy. Don’t get overwhelmed or stressed out, just get organized. Adding a little organization to your holiday routine can save you time, money, and stress. Here are a few tips to get your holiday organizing underway:

 

Create a holiday planner. Don’t waste time looking for lists, addresses, stamps, receipts, and invitations. Keep everything you need in one place. Use a 3-ring binder or an accordion file to keep track of all that holiday paperwork. Prefer technology? Keep .pdf versions of these lists on your desktop. You can find everything you need to put together your own planner
 at http://christmas.organizedhome.com.

Check Inventory. Before you buy anything, take inventory of what you already have. Check your decorations, wrapping supplies, baking supplies, and look for any gifts you may have already purchased and forgot about.

Make a list and check it twice. Keeping everything in your head is too stressful. Create lists for anything from gift giving to baking projects. The key is to prioritize your lists and do the most important items first. Use pen and paper or your favorite app. I use Notes on my iPhone because it allows me to check off items as they are completed.

Clear household clutter. Putting up holiday decorations will make a cluttered space look more cluttered. Schedule time to de-clutter your home. If you are short on time, focus only on the areas that guest will see (kitchen, dining room, living area, and bathroom)

Organize holiday essentials. Place items you need for a particular task in the same area and you will save time. Create a gift-wrapping center, organize baking supplies into one area of your pantry, or put everything you need for holiday cards in a box. It’s all about making it easy to find things when you need them.

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on November 12th, 2016 in Blog

7-Steps to an Organized Home Office

home office
Whether you use your home office for household business or you run a home based business, it is important to have a dedicated workspace to get the job done. Here are 7-steps that will help you create a productive space.

Step 1: Assess your home office space

Take a good look at your space and think about what aspects of your workspace are causing you frustration? You may have paper piles or perhaps you don’t have a space to keep inventory or office supplies. Take note of what you need for your workspace and any items you must purchase to meet those needs.

Step 2: Eliminate the unnecessary

Your workspace should contain the items you need to get your work done. An easy way to do this is to grab a box and put anything in it that does not belong in your workspace, as well as anything you don’t need, want, or like. You want to create a dedicated workspace not a multipurpose room.

Step 3: Create work zones

Creating zones assures that all materials needed for a particular purpose are contained within one area. You can create zones within your workspace or in different locations within your home if space is limited. The idea is that when you need an item you know which zone/area to find it. Typical zones include:

  • workspace/computer area
  • file cabinets
  • office supplies
  • reference materials
  • client seating

Step 4: Organize your desk

The desk is the hub of any office so it makes sense to start here. Make sure you keep items on the desk to a minimum, remember you need ample space for your computer and to work on paperwork. Clear off the top of your desk and only put back what is needed. Avoid too many knick knacks. Assign a purpose to each desk drawer and use drawer organizers if needed.

Step 5: Create systems for filing your paper

There are 3 types of paper that will enter your workspace:

  1. Action paper requires an action (sign, read, pay, etc.) – file this paper in a desk top file box or accordion file on your desk.
  2. Reference paper needs to be easily accessible – keep in a binder or book case/shelf.
  3. Archival paper includes vital documents, policies, business documents, etc. – keep in a file cabinet, safe, or safety deposit box.

Step 6: Set up an area for incoming paper

Set up an inbox to place incoming paper. Immediately recycle or shred junk, then open and take action on the remaining paper. If you don’t have time to take action on all items, file them in your desktop file box. I have a Girls Night Out workshop that covers this!

Step 7: Maintain your space:

To keep your space in shape, you need to maintain it. Here is an easy routine to follow:

Daily: Check your inbox and process paper
Check your desktop file box
Weekly: File paper
Every 6 months: Clean out desktop files and file cabinets

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on September 29th, 2016 in Blog

School Organizing Tips for Your Kids

back to school

It’s Back to School and time to get your home and your family organized for a smooth start. Getting your children organized for school helps them feel in control of school life, decreases stress, and allows them more time for extracurricular activities. I have a list of ideas for you to incorporate into your home that will get you off to a great school year.

  • Set up a quiet area for your kids to do homework and make sure it is well stocked with school supplies. This first item is important because it provides a place where they can concentrate and stay focused.
  • Set up a school paper system. This is a system for keeping paperwork that does not need to be kept in the backpack. Use a desktop file box or an accordion file to hold handouts and graded schoolwork for each class. Create a file for each class and add additional files for sports and after school activities. Have your child clean out their backpack regularly and place loose paper in the appropriate file. This item will keep their backpack clutter free.
  • Organize the backpack – set up a system for traveling paperwork using a binder and folders, assign areas for school supplies, and personal items. Set aside time once a week to sort through the backpack.
  • Invest in a planner or calendar and teach your child how to use it. Keeping track of assignments, tests, due dates, and extracurricular activities assures your child will stay on top of things. Time management is an important lifelong skill that will be carried over into adulthood.
  • Organize the locker. Before each long holiday, ask your child to bring home their locker contents in a bag and then sort and purge items before they go back to school.
  • Create a Family Command Center. This is basically a landing pad for school paper that kids bring home. Place a basket or tray in a convenient spot to collect anything your child brings home for you to see, sign, or file. Set up a desktop file box near the paper tray and use it to file paperwork for reference. (Click here to learn about my Paper Piles workshop).
  • Create a Backpack Zone. When the kids get home, chaos happens fast! Designate a space to place backpacks, shoes, and jackets.

Pick and choose the organizing tips that fit your needs, incorporate a few tips or all of the above. It’s important to customize a system that will work for your family.

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

- Posted on September 3rd, 2016 in Blog
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