All you need to do is list them online and have enough courage to let them go! Not only will you bring in the cash, but you’ll declutter your house in the process.
Here are some ideas:
1. Your Guest Bed
Most homes have a guest room with a guest bed or a basement with a pull out sofa. If you can’t make your mortgage payment, you don’t need to worry about guests so go ahead and list your guest bedroom items on Craigslist!
People have this sense that every room in their house has to be filled with something, and that’s just not the case. Is it more important that you keep your house or have a sofa to sit on? Chances are, in a really dire situation, you could sell most of your furniture and buy replacements at thrift stores. By selling your guest bedroom furniture, you should be able to get at least $300-$500 depending on the condition.
2. Christmas Items
This one will work best if it’s close to Christmas-time, but the truth is, there are enough people who are crazy about Christmas and buy these things year round. Go in your attic or basement and find your stashes of Christmas stuff. We all probably have way more than we need anyway. List your items in the paper, on Craigslist, or on eBay and let them go! You do not need thousands and thousands of Christmas lights. Cold hard cash is much better than that!
3. Your Clothes
Many consignment stores will give you cash on the spot for your clothing. If you are tight for cash, go through your closets. See if you have any extra shoes or expensive scarves or purses that you no longer need. Go through your children’s closets too. Many children’s clothing stores give credit too so you can always go back and purchase the next size up, which saves you a lot of money in the future.
4. Your Appliances
Do you have a grill outside? Do you have a fridge in your garage? If so, summer is the ideal time to sell them. Sure they might be great to have on hand for the warmer months, but if you are in a position where you are behind on bills, you don’t need to be the person to host the summer barbeque. It sounds harsh, but if you want to get back on track in terms of your finances, sometimes you have to make hard decisions and part with things you might not have previously in order to make a few bucks.
So, what about you? Would you ever sell some of your furniture or appliances in order to make some extra money? What’s the one thing you would never sell no matter how badly your finances were hurting?