Recently someone wanted to give away a vase, was new to the area and so asked the location of the nearest Goodwill donation drop. Then she found out the vase was a Waterford and possibly worth up to $250! After learning this, the vase was not donated but put aside to sell. It was too valuable to give to Goodwill.
Has this thought entered your mind before? I have heard this from others. It’s too nice to donate! I understand, as none of us want to give something away that’s valuable. But do you have the time & motivation to take photos, post, sell, follow up with potential buyers, and then coordinate a pick-up or pack and mail the item? Maybe you are willing to find someone to sell it for you–either a professional or delegate this task to your kids? And of course you need the space to store items until sold. Knowing the value of this item stopped this person from getting the vase out of her home immediately. Some items are worth selling (even if you have to share the proceeds), but many times it stops the momentum of decluttering. Sometimes the financial gain is simply not worth it considering the time and energy diverted from the clearing cutter process.
My suggestion is to find your monetary threshold for selling (over $100 or $200?) and a time frame that you must sell by (one or two months?) and donate the item if those two goals are not met. Then find a local charity you value and donate as much there as possible. If you decide to sell, here are some additional ideas. Many people, including yours truly, get caught up in the “Too Nice to Donate” cycle and then it takes longer to finish decluttering our homes!
Here’s to a clutter-free home. ~Ellen