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Clear Your Wardrobe of Unused Clothes And Make Extra Money

Clear Your Wardrobe of Unused Clothes And Make Extra Money

When I finally decided to give my wardrobe a nice sprucing up, I found myself wondering: “What do I need all those clothes for?” Of course, I had no answer ready, but just like that the solution hit me, like a pro-baseball player hits a home run: “Why not get rid of all my unwanted threads?” Two days later I held a yard sale, and before I knew it I had much fewer clothes cluttering up my wardrobe!

There are a few steps that you must take into consideration before attempting anything of this magnitude, and I do understand how difficult it is for some people to abandon their clothes (some more so than others). But it’s worth it, so here are a few tips to get you motivated:

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Decide That It’s Time For A Change

To shed one’s layers is never easy, especially if you love your clothes and will be sad to see them go. You must establish a mental state of the sort where you feel more than comfortable to give your clothes away to those who are less fortunate than you. You might want to make some money from your efforts though, and to do this you need a well-formulated game plan that would permit the auction of said clothes through the medium of direct sales — but more on that later.

Firstly, open up your wardrobe and decide what stays and what, well … goes. As much as you like your threads, you must be sick and tired of at least half of them. (At least!) Make a detailed list of what you like and what you will really like wearing in the future. The ones that don’t quite make the cut are automatically designated for recycling and should be filtered out immediately. Gather all of your unwanted clothes in a big box (folding them neatly as you do) and holster them somewhere safe — out of your wardrobe or closet if possible.

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How To Sell Your Unwanted Clothes

There are numerous ways to sell your clothes, both domestically and, believe it or not, internationally. Taking into consideration how much free time you have on your hands, you can choose either the ‘analogue’ or the ‘digital’ method of selling.

The Analogue Model

Have you ever though about having an all-out yard sale? It’s the perfect way to sell unwanted clothing to friends and neighbors. You can even make it as a part of a larger sales strategy, depending on how much old stuff you have lying around. You can easily make a day of it, marketing both clothes and trinkets alike.

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Of course, selling your stuff to strangers is one way to go. Another way to go is to directly offer your closest friends a piece of your wardrobe (at a reasonable price, naturally). I bet more than half of your friends have something in your wardrobe that they like, and would like to purchase. Of course, you could always do the right thing and simply give them the various articles of clothing that they fancy, without any monetary gain.

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    If you really want to make money off your unwanted clothes, there is always the option of auctioning them over the internet. There are numerous websites, such as eBay, Amazon etc., where you can sell your old stuff and make a considerable amount of hard currency while you are at it.

    All you need is a camera, a PayPal account and a few lucky charms to get your operation in gear. This is a better alternative when compared to the yard sale because you can bargain on the price and not feel guilty about doing so. The ‘bid’ system allows you to place any price on your property and no one can tell you otherwise. And if the first customer is not willing to buy, there are at least 100 more waiting in the ranks — all you need is patience!

    Final Thoughts

    Once you make a sale, you will see how easy and manageable dealing with unwanted clothes really is. You can keep yourself motivated by envisioning how much wonderful stuff you are going to buy with all that clothes money you have just made. You can even replace each article you sold with a new, fresher equivalent, setting the stage for future sales as well.

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    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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