The first step in the organizing process (and undoubtedly one of the most important!) is to start with decluttering. I do this by sorting items into 3 piles: Keep, Toss & Donate. Start in one area of your home and designate a box for each category. Once you’ve done that, start sorting! Work through to decide what items you are not ready to let go of (maybe they have a purpose, or hold a special place in your heart), items you have that are in good condition and would like to give away (do you really need that blouse you never wear?) and possibly some items that just flat out need to go in the waste bin.
Once you have your items sorted, you can begin to go through your “give away” pile. Look for items you KNOW are worth money but you just don’t use or have a need for anymore (helloooo pile of old electronics!). My tip for these items: Consign them! There are so many great programs out there that will offer you a little bit of cash for valuable items you are ready to part with.
Items to keep in mind for consignment are: designer clothing & accessories, furniture, expensive electronics, valuable pieces of artwork, antiques – maybe you’ve inherited some old antiques or furniture that you just don’t need or want anymore (sorry Mom!). Turning your unwanted & unused items into cash can greatly help in times of need or just to give you a nice chunk of change to add to your piggy bank!