Increased Income and Energy through Purging

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If you are thinking of downsizing or just want to purge items you may have lying around your home, you can earn a bit of cash. You may even feel lighter with a sense of relief.

Regardless of how much stuff we have, we can all benefit from decluttering our lives and homes. According to Psychology Today and Web MD, people tend to feel like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage. The mess causes stress. If you’re not taking care of the clutter in your home, you may not be taking care of yourself either.

The things or objects we have in our life can bring joy or help in living a happy life.  By getting into the energy flow of releasing the items that you no longer need or use may free you up to attract those items which may better serve you. Plus, you even earn extra cash in the process.

Below are several ways to help you in your purging journey.


Pricing Your Items

Before trying to sell your items you will want to do a bit of research to see what the price of an available similar item – both new and used prices. We have listed shopping sites to compare prices below.

The condition of the item matters. A general rule is that well maintained used items will typically sell for 25% to 50% of its original value. Antiques and collectibles will vary in pricing based on timing (seasons) and market interest.


Yard Sale

Yard sales are cash in hand immediately, if you have many items to purge and want to sell quickly, a yard sale is a good option. However, it takes a bit of preparation. Some cities require that you have a permit to run a garage sale. Check with a clerk at your city or town hall to find out if you need one.

You will want to pick a date – Saturday mornings are most popular. Friday and Sunday are viable options too. Weather can be a big factor on a successful yard sale. If possible, select a date when the weather is moderate.

Make sure you have plenty of ones and fives in order to provide change. Be sure to keep any extra money in the house during the garage sale. You don’t want too much of cash outside.

There are many local sites you can advertise your yard sale such as your local paper, Craigslist, NextDoor, and Facebook Marketplace. Post the listing a few days prior to the sale to get optimal exposure. At a minimum you will want to create or buy signs to put along the street and at nearby intersections.


Selling Individual Items Online

Here are a few of the major online auction and sales sites. Some sites charge fees and others are free.

eBay

EBay lets you auction and sell a wide range of goods. You will most likely be shipping the item, and that may reduce your profits. We have found that smaller or lighter items work best on this site, especially collectables.

For most items, you pay eBay 10% of the final sale price of the item. This includes shipping costs but not taxes.

You can also upgrade and promote your eBay listing in various ways for extra fees. We recommend to stick with the no fee listing to keep cost down. Be sure to include quality pictures of the item, including any manufacture labels for authenticity.

We use “Buy It Now”, which is a fixed price, and add a “Best Offer” options. The “Buy It Now” is the highest price that you have valued the item. For the Best Offer, include an “Automatically decline offers lower than” the price that you would be willing to sell the item. This will help minimize people trying to low ball you and you can counter offer when someone you now know has an interest in the item.


Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, Letgo, and Craigslist

These websites and apps don’t take a cut of your sales. Yet you are responsible for connecting with your buyer, meeting up in person and making the exchange. It’s definitely a different style than the online auctions and sales. If you’re not comfortable handling all the logistics yourself and then meeting up with a stranger, you should probably stick to online only.

These sites are excellent for selling larger, heavier items (such as furniture) locally so there isn’t the expense of trying to ship them.

Depending on what you’re selling, you can arrange to meet your buyer in a public place (local police station, library, post office or grocery store are good places for such sales) or have a friend hang around while you make the sale.

Simplicity is the key here: no packing, shipping or fees. But unlike many online-only sales sites, these marketplaces don’t have any guarantees or protections if your buyer turns out to be a flake.

Be sure to agree to a price before arranging pickup. If during pickup they try to renegotiate (assuming nothing has changed), stick to your original price and walk away if necessary. Most people will stick with the price they originally agreed since they made the effort to meet you.

From recent experience, Facebook Marketplace and NextDoor have had excellent results. Craigslist is one of the oldest sites and has a good following. Letgo is an up and coming app with an easy interface.


Dealing With Items That Don’t Sell

It is likely you will have items that did not sell. With less effort you can just put it all on the curb with a free sign. Another option is taking the leftover items to a local charity that has a thrift store. Search for non-profit thrift stores in your area.

Make an itemized list of everything you have with its original value. Once you drop it at a donation center, ask for a receipt. File this away to use for a tax deduction for charitable donations on your income taxes.


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Heartmath’s Quick Coherence Technique

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Learn the simple Quick Coherence technique by HeartMath, that brings your heart and your brain into a more aligned state at the physiological level. A three step process to open up the brain so that we begin to experience more of a flow of these type of positive emotional states that we want more of in our life.

Heartmath’s Quick Coherence Technique Transcript:

We will share a very simple technique called a quick coherence technique. It’s the simplest of all HeartMath techniques but it’s very fundamental to many of the other techniques we teach. It’s something we can do anytime anywhere. You can do it with your eyes closed, you can do it with your eyes open.

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What it does is it brings your heart and your brain into a more aligned state at the physiological level. Heartmath is known for its science and measure these changes and it synchronizes heart and brain at at physiological level. Then what it does, is it begins to open up the brain so that we begin to experience more of a flow of these type of positive emotional states that we want more of in our life.

It is something we can do very quickly so if you’d like in our in our program today I will be glad to share this with everyone who is listening.

With your eyes open if you want to or eyes closed if you’re in a place where that’s appropriate.

It’s a three-step process:

1. Step one is called “Heart Focus”

What I’d like you to do is to shift your attention from up in your head down into the area in the center of your chest, the area of the heart. Sometimes it’s helpful just to feel like you’re taking an elevator down. All over the thoughts and things that are happening there just to stand down and focus your attention in the area in the center of your chest the area of your heart, maintain your focus there.

2. Step two is call “Heart Focused at Breathing”

Breathe naturally, but a little deeper than you normally would. As you breathe, pretend as if the breath is flowing in and out through the center of your chest, the area where you have your focus. We’ll do this for a few breaths inhale press coming in through the heart exhale back out through the area of the heart.

3. The third step is called “Heart Feeling”

Maintain your heart focus and continue doing that hard focus breathing. Now I’d like you to activate a positive emotion. Perhaps your remember a time when you felt good inside. Some things that are helpful or maybe to feel appreciation for the good things in your life, things that you have that you really can appreciate. Well maybe you can feel some of the love or care you have for someone or something in your life. Or maybe a feeling of compassion for others, there’s a type of positive emotions. Without straining, do your heart focus breathing and just feel heart related emotion like that. Breathe it in and out through the area in the center of your chest.

It’s that simple.


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