Why Selling Your Stuff Actually COSTS You

why selling your stuff actually costs you

Once you have decided which items are leaving your house, the question becomes “How?”

Many people take one look at the piles of things they are getting rid of - especially the things they bought and then barely used - and see all the money they spent. Feeling overwhelmed or dismayed, they often think that the next rational choice is to sell the items to recoup some of the money the spent.

But you know what people often forget?

Your time is VALUABLE.

Time is the one thing you can’t get back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

For that reason, spending your time listing something for sale, responding to and coordinating with prospective buyers, etc. will often end up costing you more than you realize.

It can become one more way that the extra stuff in your life is taking you away from what you really care about and want to focus on!

Sure, many people make money selling secondhand goods online, but just because you could, doesn’t mean you should.

That said, there are two times that selling something you want to get rid of makes sense:

  1. When it’s priced to make it worth your time (high enough and/or a bargain for what it is).

    Example: I sold our expensive high chair on Craigslist for a great discount. Two days and a couple short emails later, I was holding $100 cash and an excited new mom was hauling it away in her car. Win/Win.

  2. When it’s bulky or hard to get rid of and having someone come and take it saves you time.

Used kids clothes and household items usually don’t fall into either of the categories above. Instead of adding “selling the stuff” to your to-do list, just donate it already and get on with your life!

Instead of thinking of all the money you lost, think about all the time you SAVED and all the things you can do with it now that you don’t have all that extra stuff cluttering up your life.


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