Out With the Old: Sell Household Items Before You Redecorate

Even if you are more than ready to redecorate a room in your home (or the whole kit and caboodle) you might be hesitant to move forward with a major overhaul at this time. With the economy still stumbling along and no end in sight, most families are opting to hold off on big expenditures until they're certain that their investments are going to rebound and that the job market is relatively stable. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to save money while you upgrade your interior spaces. This means you can make the changes you want without the stress of spending a bundle in the process. And one great way to get started is by adopting the persona of a salesman.

Fans of the BBC are probably familiar with a reality TV show called Cash in the Attic. The premise of this program is that every home contains enough items of value to provide its inhabitants with the money they need to take a vacation, pay their property tax, or do some upgrades. Of course, participants on the show are offered the services of antique and auction experts to help them pick and price the items they will sell. But just because you don't have professional help doesn't mean you can't sift through your belongings to find a few items of value that you're willing to part with, especially if it helps you to get the cash to pay for improvements.

Out with the old

In truth, there are several important reasons to sell off some of the clutter before you start the redecorating process. First and foremost, you can use the money. If you're going to purchase new items to update your décor, they're going to come with a cost, even if you don't pay top price at retail stores. If you haven't any moola to spare and the money you save always seems to get spent on something more important (groceries, gas bill, etc.), this is a good way to get some cash and get going on your project. So start listing your items on eBay and Craigslist, give them to a consignment store, or simply host a garage sale to make a few bucks on your old stuff.

Another reason to sell is to clean up and clear some space. The easiest way to undertake a major overhaul is to remove everything from the space and start from scratch. This will allow you to perform a much-needed deep cleaning, slap some new paint on the walls, and even repair or replace flooring if you're so inclined. However, you probably don't want to have to haul everything back in, especially if you're planning to replace furnishings and accessories anyway. So selling off your old items kills two birds with one stone. You'll get the money you need for new stuff while having someone else to pay for the privilege of hauling your old furniture away.

The best part about this arrangement is that you can actually make some extra cash in the process. If you're frugal when it comes to buying new décor (shopping Minneapolis, Mesa, or Memphis garage sales, for example) you could end up bringing in more money than you spend on your upgrades. At the very least you could earn the extra money to splurge on one or two special items while you save on all the rest.