How to make money from decluttering your home

We are two weeks deep into lockdown and I think it’s safe to assume that by now you have decluttered your bedroom, cleared out the back of your wardrobe and cleaned out most drawers and presses in your home.

Maybe you found your old Nintendo from your childhood or discovered an album of cute baby photographs, or you could be left with a pile of things that you don’t really want or need and have decided that it’s time to let them go.

Perhaps the wardrobe clear-out has resulted in a mountain of clothes and accessories sitting in a pile in the corner of your room and now you’ve no idea what to do with it all, consider Depop.

Depop is a shopping app where sellers can post pictures of the item of clothing or accessory they wish to sell. It’s a hugely popular way to buy second hand and to make some money from the old clothes sitting in that growing pile in the corner of your room.

Rachel Wong is both a buyer and seller on Depop and she has this advice for people looking to sell things on the app. When taking pictures of the clothes she is selling and posting pictures to the app, Rachel says, “I would usually find the picture online of the model wearing the clothes that I am selling.” The app works like Instagram in the way that you can upload multiple photos of the
object you are selling.

“My second photo is usually the clothes lying flat on my bed,” says Rachel, “I would post another picture of me wearing the item if the potential buyer wanted to see what it looked like on.” It’s also important that you photograph your clothes when they are clean and ironed and with a fresh, clear background.

With all this extra time on our hands, you might want to give some of your furniture a new lease of life. A fresh lick of paint, some stencilling or upholstery can turn any piece of furniture into a work of art. Laoise Geoghan, a seasoned “upcycler” shares some tips on how to achieve this.

“Just go crazy!”says Laoise. “Spend a bit of time thinking about what you might want it to look like and maybe do some research, but just be creative and go with it.”

If clearing out the presses, and shelves, and cupboards, and drawers yielded an eclectic mix of strange objects that you never knew you even owned, and that you probably will never use, sites like Ebay, Adverts.ie and Donedeal are a good place to sell them on to a new owner, who might get more use from them than you.

If you decide to sell your things online, it’s important to know your responsibilities as a seller. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has made a very useful guide for steps that you must undertake when selling online.

Things like including a description of the goods the consumer is buying and the total price of goods including any taxes. You must make arrangements for payment and the time of delivery you are committing to.

You also should notify the consumer that they will have to bear the cost of returning the goods, unless they are faulty and you also must give a window of return of fourteen days from when the goods are received.

Now you know what to do with that mountain of clothes eyeballing you from the corner of your room, it’s time you made a start.

Elizabeth Molloy

Image Credit: Dingle vintage clothing