60 Day Declutter & Earn Money Challenge

We have been in our new apartment long enough to make it, um, homey, which in our family means cluttered.  When we first moved in, the upstairs (our main living area) was furnished in the minimalist style, and we loved how light and airy it felt.  However, now, almost 8 months later, we are back to having piles and stacks every where, and it no longer feels like it used to.  It feels a bit claustrophobic, and I don’t like it.

Our finished basement area never really got settled.  Yes, my husband and I have our office space down there as well as an extra bed that we sleep on when my mom is visiting and is in our room, but there are still many piles.  Piles of things to sell, things to make their way to our garage sale pile, things that never got unpacked.  Yuck.

So, I am starting a 60 day declutter and earn money challenge for myself.

My husband has a conference in San Francisco in the late fall, and we plan to travel together, the first time we have travelled alone in 8 years, since our son was born.  Of course, his trip will be paid for, but not until after the fact.

We will need to pay for my plane ticket and my food.  Then, we will need about $1,500 upfront to pay for the hotel room and his ticket as well as his conference costs, which will be reimbursed later.  I am guessing we will need about $1,800 to $2,000 upfront, of which about $1,500 will be reimbursed a few months later.

That means most of our snowflaking efforts will need to stop while we build up cash for this.  I want to hurry the process by selling some of our extra clutter such as our kids’ outgrown clothes and other household items we are not using.  My goal is to earn $500 to $750 in the next 60 days.

I’ll post every two weeks or so to show before and after photos and to let you know how much money we have made.

What is the most money you have ever made selling your household clutter on Craigslist?  What are your tips for successful selling?


  1. I did this last month, just cleared a heap of stuff and made money. I’ve never used Craigslist, but most of my items sold on Facebook. Was super easy and so worth it. I have less stuff in my house and made a tidy sum. Good luck with it!

  2. I am in the process of doing this as well. I am organizing my garage and kid’s playroom with plans to have a garage sale in a couple of weeks. I also sold a few things on Kijji ( like craigslist) and made over three hundred dollars. It is good to clear out the clutter and it sure does pile up fast. Good Luck!

  3. In a two week time span once my husband and I made $450 off Craigslist but we had large things to sell, like a gun safe and a washer. Most I have ever made off of small stuff was at a yard sale. One of our rentals is in a town that has a huge 2 day community wide rummage, it wasn’t yet rented when the rummage came up so took two van loads of our stuff over and made $650 and $600 was made from 8 to 1 the first day of the sale. It was incredible. LOVE YARD SALES

  4. We probably made about $200 having a garage sale when we moved. We then took the rest to Goodwill and donated it to them because we just wanted it gone but didn’t feel it needed to be trashed.

    • Melissa says:

      That is good for a day’s work! I want to take our stuff to Goodwill too, whatever doesn’t sell.

  5. We moved last spring and sold nearly everything we could on craigslist. We didn’t want to pay to move it and we needed cash for our move. We made close to $4,000. It was so nice to move into our house uncluttered! 🙂

  6. I moved house last month and sold some real gems in the clear out before hand: the top two had to be a rain jacket which was three years old, bought for $80 and sold for $50, and an electric guitar effects pedal which was bought for around $45 and sold for $33 despite being six years old. All of this was sold through eBay. Just goes to show, some things really don’t lose their value very quickly at all!

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