Leah Ingram shares tips to turn trash into cash in her 250-page book Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In, which was borne out of her blog, SuddenlyFrugal.com. You may be tempted to hire someone to clean up the mess, but why spend money when you can be making money? Ingram writes:
There’s no reason to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 an hour to hire a professional organizer to go through your closets — you can do that yourself. That’s where this book comes in. It will help frugal folks like you get your home in order and help you find ways to make money from things you no longer need or want.
In her book, Ingram shows you how to organize and declutter every room in your home without making you buy fancy organizers. Among other things, she gives you 28 ideas for using shoe holders to hold more than shoes. She even includes quick clutter challenges to keep you motivated and shares anecdotes of people who have cleaned their homes and have made money off of things just lying around.
Each chapter of the book tackles a different room and comes with a toss, keep, and sell chart that quickly helps you identify what items must go and which could be worth major moolah.
After helping you declutter your home and teaching you how to make money with garage sales, among other things, Ingram writes about swapping and trading as a way to get rid of the rest of the junk that’s just taking up space. She recommends several sites to trade books, CDs and DVDS. She also suggest finding a swapping event to exchange your items for things you need. Check out our suggestions on making the most out of a swap.
Comment by Friday, December 3 at 9 a.m. PST for a chance to win my review copy. If you can’t wait to get your hands on the book and read Ingram’s suggestions, you can purchase it on Amazon for $10.58.