Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C


How to declutter and make yourself some extra cash

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:30 29 August 2018

One person's clutter can be another's treasure.
Picture: Getty Images

One person's clutter can be another's treasure. Picture: Getty Images


Most of our homes are littered with things we never use. We may keep them for sentimental reasons, because they might ‘come in handy’ one day or because we just haven’t got round to off-loading them, writes thrifty living columnist Sheena Grant.

But one person’s clutter could be another’s treasure, or, at the very least, something that will make a few pounds and free up some valuable space.

I’ve caught the selling bug this summer and so far, have made around £200. I’m going through more possessions now, after a holiday when I spent a little too much on the irresistible luxury of eating out (it was worth it for just a few kitchen-free evenings).

So, how do you decide what to sell? A good rule of thumb is to do a kind of domestic stock check - anything you haven’t used for a year is probably surplus to requirements (though obviously not if it’s something of real sentimental value). Then you’ve got to decide how to sell - from classified newspaper ads to online sales, car boots or yard sales, there are many ways to go. I’ve employed a variety of methods, usually based on the fees involved, the amount of my time it takes and the likelihood of success.

Some things are more popular than others, of course: branded goods often go well, as does anything collectable. I’ve been going through my book shelves and have got a stack of 30 titles to sell. Do your homework before advertising anything to see what you might get. While most of the books I plan to sell will probably fetch little more than a couple of pounds it looks like two could go for a lot more.

I’ve had both for at least 30 years and have repeatedly tried, and failed, to read either, so think it’s safe to say I won’t miss them - and they’ll free up some space for something I’ll enjoy far more, which brings me to an email from Jackie Willard, who wrote in after reading a previous column about the thrifty benefits of buying second-hand books.

Jackie says: “In Frinton we have a wonderful charity shop dedicated to books and jigsaw puzzles. Having come across a Clive Cussler book on holiday three years ago, I have since used this shop to acquire some 30 of his novels, at about £1.50 a time. Much cheaper than downloading to a Kindle.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

A pile of rubbish dumped on an Ipswich pavement has been branded an “absolute disgrace”.

An Ipswich mother has called for measures to slow drivers at a busy junction after her son almost died in a collision there.

Coes has launched its 2018 Christmas windows, with Elmer Armstrong the elephant sculpture as the Ipswich store’s special guest.

Suffolk police seized a higher volume of crack cocaine than any force outside the Met last year, according to new figures.

Over the Christmas and New Year period we all struggle to keep a lid on our waste - the food bin groans under the weight of turkey carcasses and our blue recycling bulges with empty boxes from trikes and new games consoles so the last thing you want is to miss your rubbish collection.

An Ipswich man who sexually assaulted a schoolgirl has been jailed for four months.

With Christmas around the corner, Suffolk has retail temp jobs a plenty - but which jobs in other sectors are getting increasingly tough to fill?

From a Georgian nipple shield to a diamond dustpan - The former presenter of the popular BBC show Bargain Hunt is flogging his exotic collection of antiques in Essex.

A special fire service vehicle is taking to the streets of Suffolk highlighting the range of work and opportunities within the service.

Clouds will be few and far between today as the sun shows its face over Suffolk.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24