It’s summer time…when most people are lounging by the pool, sipping a cool drink, reading that novel they’ve been putting off, and taking time to relax. Right?
Sadly, not me. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I’ve never been able to sit around for more than a day or so…I like to be on the go. Doing things. Checking off my to-do list.
For me, summer is time to declutter. Sweep away all the leftovers from the school year, and prepare for the year to come.
When my kids go away to camp, I love nothing better than tearing up the house, digging into closets, sorting out the garage, painting furniture, and often completely changing the color of at least one room.
This year, my projects center around decluttering. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my kids are teenagers, and at least one of them will be moving out of the house in a year. This summer I’m all about purging.
I finally convinced my son that there is a whole lot of ‘stuff’ that he doesn’t need anymore, and he’d actually probably like his space a whole lot better if it was organized. Surprisingly, he agreed, and even thought it would be fine for me to start while he was away.
Maybe that was just a ploy to get me to do the work – what do you think?
The closet and dresser were easy – he’s grown six inches in the last year, and those shirts and shorts from last summer are way too small.
I’ve tackled his bookshelf, under his bed, and now it’s on to the CDs, DVDs, and the bane of every mother’s existence: video games.
After sorting out the grade-school discards, children’s movies and music that is so 2010, I wound up with a sizeable pile of ‘stuff’. I could donate them, sell them on CraigsList or eBay, but that’s so complicated and time consuming. Instead, I’m trying a new service to sell my old CDs, DVDs and games called musicMagpie.com.
MusicMagpie is a free service that involves scanning the item’s barcode to determine its value, boxing the items, taping on the free shipping label, and dropping it at a UPS store. Sounds simple? It is! When the box is received, MusicMagpie sends you a check.
Seriously – it took me about 5 minutes to scan the minimum 10 items with my smartphone. Within minutes, I received an email with the shipping label, I boxed them up, and dropped them at the store. Done. Free. There’s even an iPhone app.
And they send you a check.
But best of all, the clutter is out of my house, and not in the landfill.
So if you’re tired of lounging around this summer, give musicMagpie a try. It’s a perfect way to generate a little extra cash and clean up around the house.
Think about it: cold drink in one hand, smartphone in the other. Cash in your pocket.
What’s not to love?
This is a sponsored post, but all the opinions are my own.