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Have Too Much Stuff? Here’s How to Sell It

Have Too Much Stuff? Here’s How to Sell It

Sometimes we all look around our homes and are surprised by the amount of stuff we have. Maybe you have unopened boxes stashed away from your move three years ago, or have a child that has outgrown certain clothes and toys. Regardless of the reason, taking the time to purge these items from your life can be an emotional release and a profitable venture.

If you are looking for ways to cut down on your stuff and make a little money on the side, consider these options.

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Car Boot Sales

One of these easiest ways to get your items in front of potential buyers is at a car boot sale. To prepare for the sale, you will have to organise your belongings beforehand. This can include making sure which items are in an appropriate condition, as well as grouping and pricing items.

Since you will need to transport the items you are looking to sell to the car boot sale location, you may be limited on how much you can bring by the size of your car. There may also be a longer time commitment than some other options since you need to be present throughout the sale, but it can be an excellent way to relieve yourself of items you no longer need.

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Selling Online

If you don’t want to bring your stuff to a sale, you can consider selling items online. Websites like Ebay can provide you with a forum for listing your goods and facilitating the sale. Generally, you don’t have to be involved, once the listing is created until the item is sold.

Once the item sells, you will be provided shipping information to get the item to the purchaser. Then, simply package the item and stick it in the post. There are fees associated with using some of these websites, so it may not be ideal for low priced items, but you may be able to sell higher priced options for more here than at a car boot sale.

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Online classified ads, like Craigslist, can also provide a way to reach a wider audience without some of the fees associated with sales through other sites. It is important to make sure that, if you meet a potential buyer, that you take extra safety precautions. Often, it is best to meet them in a public place that is fairly busy. Some may choose to meet in front of a police station, as this provides an added layer of security.

Friends, Family, and Co-workers

One way to get items sold is to let your friends and family know of your intentions. At times, you may be selling something that they could use, allowing you to make a quick sale to someone you trust. They may also know someone who could use the item, allowing you to make a sale to someone your friend or family member knows and trusts.

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Your co-workers may also be interested in your items. If your office has a bulletin board and sales flyers are permitted, you can advertise your items there. Alternatively, you can mention your sale to co-workers with whom you have a friendly relationship.

They may be interested in purchasing something themselves, or may know someone who could use the item. However, before attempting any sales activity while at work, it is important to determine if these activities are permitted by your employer.

Manage What Remains

If you still have items you no longer need after your sales, consider donating anything that is in usable condition to charity. This can allow someone who may truly need it to use it as it keeps the item from joining the rest of the rubbish pile.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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