Kid Clutter

April 21, 2017
Tags: clutter

Some of my outgoing kid clutter from days gone by

If you're like my friend, Christy, who requested that I write this post many moons ago, you've decided it's time to get rid of some, or a lot, of your child's "stuff" that's cluttering up your home.

For many, it's a simple process; hand down everything to a relative or friend's child or pack it all up and donate it to charity. For others, it's a little more unsettling to part with the items one's spent so much money on, especially when going through challenging financial times.

While giving things, or at least making them available at a low cost, to those in need, is a wonderful thing to do, the money that can be earned from selling our things can also allow to give in other ways. In the end, it's really all about not letting things go to waste while creating an environment that allows us to live to our highest potential.

So, think "recycle, reuse, renew" as you donate, sell and in some cases, toss (as in, the trash) and while you free up your personal space, you could also be freeing up someone else's financial burden.

Here are some resources on how to get rid of all that kid clutter, give back to your community, help someone out, and even make some money. Have fun, and Christy, I hope this helped!

Donating

The benefit of donating is obvious; helping others in need makes you feel good.

Taking your kids with you to donate their toys also provides a good lesson in the joys of giving. A side benefit to donating to some charitable organizations is that you can claim a deduction on your tax return.

Here are two informative articles:
http://www.bankrate.com/brm/itax/edit/news/stories/news_20000107.asp
http://www.learnvest.com/living-frugally/style-and-beauty/spring-cleaned-donations-or-consignment

Where to Donate

Call organizations first to see what items are accepted and what their guidelines are.

  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army
  • Local Thrift Store
  • Children's Hospital
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Family Center
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Women's (Family) Shelter
  • Emergency Nursery
  • Day Care Center
  • Church or Synagogue
  • Refugee Resettlement Center
  • A Local Family in Need

Stuffed Animals

Many places to don't accept stuffed animals, even if they're gently used, but there are certainly those that do.

Here are some resources:

http://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org/Chapters.html
http://www.donationtown.org/news/donate-stuffed-animals.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_2129559_donate-stuffed-animals-kids-need.html
http://www.beenthereclearinghouse.com/
http://www.parenthacks.com/2006/09/spread_the_word.html

Selling

Who couldn't use a little extra money? While the downside of selling is that it requires time and effort for not much return and you can end up stuck with items that don't sell, the upside is that kids can be enlisted to help and learn about earning money and the money can be used for something that the family can enjoy together or can be donated to a charity.

Decide ahead of time that any toys that don't sell, you will donate. That way, if you don't make any money, you can at least feel really good.

Ways to Sell

  • Resale Shop: (Pro: Cash in hand and some give discounts on purchases based on how much you sell Con: Low payout)
    Consignment Shop (Pro: Can yield higher return than resale Con: Low payout)
  • Ad in Local Paper: (Pro: Easy and free Con: Need to arrange for person to pick up)
  • eBay (Pro: Can yield higher payout than resale or consignment shops Con: Requires some know-how and time and you can lose money in fees if item doesn't sell)
  • Yard Sale (Pro: Potential for highest payout Con: Requires a lot of time and effort)