Conduct a Declutter Weekend to Save and Earn Money

December 10th 2021

Have you ever wanted to do a no spend weekend to save extra cash with hopes that you can go for a short getaway as the world starts opening up for international travel?

In this article, we will be giving you some tips and tricks on how you can conduct a declutter weekend in your Singapore home without a declutter specialist to save and earn you some money. It does not matter if you think you don’t have clutter or have a lot of clutter, everyone with a home can benefit from decluttering. 

The end result is a Marie-Kondo-worthy home, more space, less expenditure and some cash in hand. If you are in for the ride, clear out your weekend plans because things are going to get busy - the good kind of busy.

Look around your home, take in a deep breath and start planning.

Clear Out Your Pantry And Fridge

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One of the best ways to save money is to eat in. I know, I know, the restaurants and cafes are open and even though there are strict rules to follow, you could still opt to eat at home, just for one extra weekend.

Remember when you were doing a bit of bulk buying before the Circuit Breaker was in full force? Have you finished the many canned food items you bought? Instant noodles? Biscuits? Cake flour that you thought you’d use for your baking adventures?

It is time to take it out this week, plan your meals around what you already have in your pantry, fridge and freezer. 

Beware though. You might find items like the lemon you bought three weeks ago that has shrivelled up a bit or the pack of sausages that you bought a few months back. They still can be eaten, so don’t throw them out just yet,

After you have taken note of all the items that can be made into a meal, plan those meals!

Set these goods aside and be ready to cook up a storm when the day comes. If there are any leftovers, remember to keep them in the fridge. Reheat them again for a weekday meal.

That will save you about $100.

Don’t do it at the last minute because you will get frustrated and end up eating out.

By the time the weekend is over, you’ll have at least a quarter of your pantry and fridge space cleared up.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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When we approach home design, very few look into reusing old furniture or upcycling unwanted items found in the home, such as cardboard boxes, plastic ware, leftover paint and even slabs of wood from old furnishings that are falling apart.

Try a simple DIY project that involves some gluing, repainting or repairing.

If you do find items you don’t need anymore, use Facebook as a tool to put it up on sale or exchange. Social media is a great place to find things you want and let go of things you don’t need. I’ve seen people exchanging a cupboard for a table before. Though jackpots like these don’t happen very often, you still can conduct item gifting (or selling, depending on what you are trying to get rid of) and even just picking up a nice, usable, but unwanted item from a generous gifter. 

Clear Your Closet, Put Clothes Up On Sale 

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If the pandemic has taught people one thing, it is that it is very possible to live in pyjamas all day long. We also realise that we do not need all the clothes we have in our closets.

To make the most out of your no-spend weekend, go through your apparel and separate the ones you wear often, the ones you don’t really wear and the ones you want to say goodbye to. Put the ones you want back into your closet, and go through the ones you want to say goodbye to, first.

Check if it is worth a few bucks if sold. If there is a missing button or a loose hem, get your sewing kit and do a quick fix-up. Ones that are too old can be checked away or used as a rag. 

Now, go ahead with the ones you don’t really wear and are on the fence with. Now, this is going to be difficult, but try to part with all of them because, hey, those are so 2019 anyway - unless you have been shopping your way throughout the circuit breaker in 2020 till 2021. 

Now all you have to do is to take snapshots of your clothes, price them and put them up on social media such as Facebook and Instagram. You could also sell them on platforms like Carousell. If you’ve got good hits on your site, you’ll be earning at least a hundred dollars in no time!

These are just three simple ways to declutter, save money and earn cash. You can do this on a selected weekend every month, just as a challenge. Remember that even if you fail to complete the three decluttering tips in one weekend, it is totally okay. You can start by focusing on one decluttering agenda because, at the end of the day, it is about improving your space, not perfecting it.

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