Using Craigslist To De-Clutter Your House

Using Craigslist to De-Clutter Your HouseClutter happens.  If you live anywhere, for any length of time, you accumulate stuff.  Maybe its left-over paint from a decorating project, or unused furniture.  It could be supplies and equipment from a hobby no one does anymore.  Whatever it is, using Craigslist to De-Clutter your house is easy.

I have been de-cluttering my house by using Craigslist for years.  I started using it when I found out that other people will take old paint, and other “junk” off your hands.  It is true what they say:

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Posting to Craigslist to De-Clutter Your House

First thing you need to do, is to decide what you want to get rid of.  I start by categorizing into stuff I just want to get rid of and stuff to sell.  For stuff that just needs to be gone, and isn’t really worth anything to me, I post it to the Free Stuff section.  Anything that I want to sell, I post to the appropriate For Sale category.

Free Stuff

It is amazing the stuff other people will take, and use.  We were left with this old, rust covered fire pit when we bought our house.  We had no intention of using it, and it just sat.  I put it up on Craigslist this spring, for Free, and it was gone in a matter of hours.

Do you have left over house paint, or other hard to get rid of items (household chemicals)?  They can be a huge pain to get rid of at the land fill.  Besides, who wants to know that they contributed toxic waste to the landfill?  There are people out there who will readily take these items off your hands and use them.

When I post anything for Free on Craigslist, I haul it out to the end of my driveway, with a sign on it that says “Free”.  Then, I create my post, including my address, then I just leave it be.  Usually, the goods are gone in a matter of hours.  Once the goods are gone, I go in and delete the ad.

Household Goods and Other Items

I have also been using Craigslist to clean out the garage, and sell other items that we no longer need.  From furniture that didn’t fit in our new house, to old bicycles, I’ve been able to sell it all in a short amount of time.  Some rules of thumb that I use when selling items on Craigslist are:

  1. Always include a photo of what is for sale
  2. Put in as much information as possible (size, make and model, condition, etc.)
  3. I use Craigslist’s “Mail Relay”, rather than posting my personal phone and email
    1. This allows your buyer to email you, through Craigslist
  4. Create the correct number of ads
    1. For example, if I wanted to sell a piece of furniture and a bike, I would create two ads.  If, on the other hand, I had 2 bikes to sell, I would sell them both in one ad.

Creating A Post On Craigslist

If you have never created a posting on Craigslist, have no fear it is very simple.

To start, you need to go to the Craigslist website for you area.

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Now, you need to go check your email.  Craigslist will send you an email with a link in it, that you must follow, and Accept their Terms of Agreement before they will actually publish your ad.  Keep this email, as you will follow the link to Edit or Delete your ad.

Posting to Craigslist- Email

Final Reminders

When using Craigslist to De-Clutter your house, make sure to be safe.  Read through Craigslist’s warnings regarding scammers and fraud, to keep yourself safe.  Unless I’m offering up stuff for free, that I just want to have picked up at the end of my driveway, I do not put my address on my ads.  I also do not publish my phone number.  Then, I remove the ad as soon as the stuff is gone.  When selling items, I remove the ad as soon as the item to be sold has left my possession.  This is mostly for my convenience, as I do not want to be further bothered with other email inquiries.  Finally, don’t create more ads than you can handle at once.  I like to limit mine to about 3-4 at a time, just to make sure I know what I have out there.






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2 thoughts on “Using Craigslist To De-Clutter Your House

  1. I love this post. Decluttering feels so good and this is an easy way to do it.

    • Thanks! I appreciate the feedback! 🙂

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