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Cash in on Spring Cleaning

The epidemic of excess can be seen everywhere, especially in the home. Let's uncover some ways that we can tackle spring cleaning in our homes and tap into resources to help make the process easier — and even make some money in the process.


Why Spring Clean?


The practice of spring cleaning is rooted in cultural tradition. It dates back to the days when homes were heated by wood stoves and fireplaces and lit by lanterns, which left layers of soot on every surface. When spring arrived, it was time to open up the windows and doors, pull out the rugs and bedding to beat away the dust, and scrub the floors and windows until they shined.


Today, we continue the tradition because of the many mental and physical benefits. The act of cleaning helps to reduce stress and is good exercise. It can also improve your health by removing allergy triggers such as dust and pet dander. Most importantly, it can give you a sense of accomplishment and peace. 


Declutter for a Clear Mind


Anyone with a cluttered home knows the stress it can cause, and it can even contribute to feelings of anxiety. By decluttering your home, you can create a more peaceful and harmonious environment that promotes relaxation and creativity.


Start by going through each room in your home and identifying items that you no longer need or use. Be ruthless in your decluttering efforts and ask yourself if each item brings you joy or serves a purpose. Consider donating or selling items that are in good condition but don't make the cut.




Not sure about certain items? Decluttering expert Jamie Novak to the rescue! In her updated book, "Keep This Toss That" Novak gives you the freedom to part with things that no longer serve you, and she provides resources for donating those unwanted items on her website, JamieNovak.com.


Want to fast forward through the process? Set up a consultation with Novak and let her be your trusted partner.


Make Extra Cash


As you are spring cleaning, keep in mind that something unwanted to you might be a goldmine to another. That means extra cash for you! Consider these options when parting with those sellable items.


Facebook Marketplace is one of the area's most popular outlets for selling your goods. No need to give out your home address either. Most towns offer "Safe Exchange Zones" at municipal buildings. In Bricktown, for example, the Safe Exchange Zone is located in the rear of the Brick Township Municipal Building, to the west of the entrance to the Police Department. The Zone is under surveillance 24 hours a day. 


In a post on the town's website, Mayor Ducey notes, “We are excited to provide this invaluable service to the residents of Brick Township. There has been a sharp increase in people using social media and the internet to sell and buy goods. The Safe Exchange Zone was created to provide anyone who is tentative or concerned about buying or selling goods with a safe place to complete their transactions,” said Mayor Ducey. “We certainly encourage anyone who has concerns to err on the side of caution and safety and use the Safe Exchange Zone.” The Safe Exchange Zone consists of two clearly marked parking spots and is free for anyone to use.


Hold a Yard Sale


Another option to make some cash with your unwanted items is to hold a yard sale. They take some effort, but if you like people and extra cash, this is a good option for you. Consider posting the listing online in community forums or on GarageSaleFinder.com.


Keep in mind, there are many people who like to upcycle things, so maybe offer a space at your yard sale for items that could be repurposed for other uses. Check out groups like Repurpose + Upcycle Inspiration and others on social media for ideas. 


Whatever is left after the yard sale, it's time to donate! Refer to Novak’s long list of places to make donations.


Organize for Efficiency


Now that you have your space cleared up a bit, it’s time to organize what's left in a way that makes sense and is easy to maintain. Invest in storage solutions such as bins, baskets, and shelving units to help keep your belongings organized and easily accessible.


Create designated spaces for different categories of items, such as mail and paperwork in an area to easily process them, for shoes and coats by the door, and a specific place for kitchen gadgets and utensils. By assigning a home for each item, you'll be able to find things quickly and keep your space tidy and clutter-free.



Your Decluttering Coach


Could you use a decluttering coach? Look no further than Jamie Novak. She offers free webinars through libraries local to the Jersey Shore and across the nation. Check out Novak's events page on her website. There’s always something new to learn, and you can post questions in the chat. Attend one session and you will soon find out what a treasure she is!


Until next time, peace!


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