Save or Sell? Five Questions to Help you Decide

Posted on 01/23/2014

Are your drawers getting hard to close? Are you running out of room to stash belongings? It may be time to sift through your stuff and figure out what you should save and what you should sell. Determining whether something is worth holding on to can be a difficult decision. Here are five questions that will help you make the call.

When was the last time you used it?
Start with a question that should be easy to answer. This is a pretty black and white issue. Has it been a month, a year, five years? The longer it's been since you found this item useful, the less likely you are to notice if it leaves your life for good.

How much could you sell it for?
Sometimes knowing how much money you could put in your pocket when you sell an item helps you determine how badly you want to hold on to it. Do a little research to find out what your belongings are worth. For designer clothing, shoes and accessories check out If you've got electronics to unload will give you a quote quickly. For other items check eBay and Craigslist for comps.

Can you imagine needing it in the future?
Some of our stuff is notably seasonal. If it's holiday related or only used for an activity that happens once a year decide if you'll need it down the road. You probably don't want to sell something you're just going to have to turn around and buy again when the time is right.

Do you have room for it?
Is storage a hot commodity in your world? The less space you have for stashing stuff the more picky you need to be about what you're going to make room for. The last thing you want to do is have your stuff take over your life, turning the sanctuary of your home into cluttered chaos.

Do you genuinely like it?
Perhaps the thing in question was perfect back when you weighed ten pounds less, had a thing for penguins or took up knitting. But there's really no point in keeping things you don't like right now. And if you want to be really strict about it-- only keep what you truly love. The item should be something that brings you joy, offers comfort, or serves a purpose. Otherwise do yourself a favor and sell it. Use the cash to buy something you love.

By Alison Storm

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