Make Money From Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Make Money From Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Make Money From Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Netflix has been killing it lately!

First, all the memes made me want to watch Bird Box, then after seeing so many posts about Tidying Up With Marie Kondo we finally watched it the other night.

They are definitely doing something right – and people are marketing for them on social media like crazy!

The whole craze with the KonMarie method got me thinking about another aspect of the whole thing: making money for tidying up the house.

This is actually one of the first things we discuss with our Flipper University students. We show them how to take their no longer used items (or items that don’t bring them joy if you are following the KonMarie method), and turn those items into cash!

You probably have hundreds if not thousands of dollars right now sitting collecting dust.

And if you have kids then you can at least quadruple that amount.

Somehow when you sign up for kids you are also signing up for a lot of stuff!

So are you ready to tidy up your home, get rid of all the clutter, and make some money doing it?

Then let’s jump in!

I’m going to show you how I go through our house once or twice per year and get it decluttered.

I pick one room or area at a time (like a closet), instead of jumping from room to room. It feels good to accomplish one whole room before moving on to the next. (This is not how I normally clean up. I usually bounce from place to place. But when truly decluttering a space, I find it works well to stick to one space at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.)

Next I take 5 boxes and labeled them all with destinations:

1. eBay

2. Yard Sale 

3. Donate 

4. Keep

5. Trash

make money from tidying up

The rule is everything that I pick up in my hand has to go in one of these boxes (or bags), or back in the closet very neatly.

So how did I decide what items went where? Here is the criteria for each box:

eBay Box

I only put items in the eBay box that I could sell for $10 or more. I know that seems like pennies to my husband’s hundreds or thousand-dollar eBay flips, but to me $10-$20 items are still worth packaging them up and shipping them out.

Donate Box

I put things in here that I knew specific people would want. For example if I knew someone was having a baby, I had some baby things to give them.

Yard Sale Box

Anything that I wouldn’t be able to get at least $10 for was put into the yard sale box. We have 1-3 yard sales per year to get rid of extra inventory or our own household clutter. We make anywhere from $400-$1,000 on them. Anything that’s left over is immediately brought to our local thrift store for donation.

Keep Box

This box usually stays empty, because everything I kept had a home to live in. It had its own space and didn’t need to hide in a box.


I throw away anything that was torn, faded, broken, painted on, or too old to give away.

The boxes should look like this toward the end:

make money from tidying up

I think we can keep her. 🙂

Does it bring you joy?

Marie Kondo’s way of tidying up is pretty unique – at least to American culture. She is bringing Japanese culture to the Western World.

When she is teaching someone how to “tidy up”, she has them take all of the items out of the drawers/cabinents/closets and bring them to one space in the room.

For example if you were cleaning out your closet you would pull every article of clothing onto the bed.

If you were cleaning up the kitchen, you would pull all of your kitchen gadgets, silverware, plates, etc onto the counters.

The  next step is the interesting part. She has people pick up that piece of clothing/kitchen gadget/etc, and hold it and see if it sparks joy.

If that item doesn’t bring joy then it’s time to tell the item “thank you” and put it in the box to give away, sell, etc.

I definitely found it interesting that she talked to the items. In the new Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, she also thanks the house that she walks into.

What an awesome practice to be so thankful for everything!

I’m not sure I can talk to my clothes, but I love the idea of so much gratitude.

Marie Kondo came out with her book: The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing back in 2012 and it quickly became a best seller.

Then Netflix released the reality show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo and it was a hit! They released it at the perfect time – in January right when people are wanting to start cleaning out their house.

The social media buzz with this show has grown it exponentially.

I don’t personally love it as far as entertainment, but I do love the concept and what she’s doing.

AND we love that people are donating their nice things! That means more income for us! 🙂

make money from tidying up

There really has been a huge increase in donations since Marie Kondo has been trending.

There are two ways that you can make money from tidying up:

1. Sell your own stuff that you haven’t used in the past year. You can use eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Mercari, Poshmark or OfferUp to sell your items

2. Find items that others have donated and list them on the above platforms.

If you are new to reselling, start with the first one. Start going through your stuff and list the items you haven’t used in a long time.

And once you are familiar with the process or if you are already a reseller, then head out there and make some money! Take advantage of how many people are donating things lately!

Why don’t people sell their items themselves?

We get asked this question fairly often. If some items are worth money you would think that people would list the items themselves and make the money.

But that’s not usually the case because most people won’t take the time to learn eBay if they’ve never used it, they don’t want to learn to ship their items, and they just want the items gone. Which is all good news for resellers like us! 😉

How To Get Started

If you are new to flipping items, then we have several resources to help you get started. Check out our 14-day flipping challenge to help you get to your first $100. (This will also add you to our flea market flips and eBay tips update list. You can unsubscribe anytime).

And if you would like to take a step further and start making consistent money with flipping items, then check out Flipper University and see if it’s a good fit for you.

We want to hear from you!

Do you think you could make money from tidying up – even just your closet? Comment below!

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Make Money From Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Melissa Stephenson
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Melissa married into the world of flipping. She is a flipper, blogger, and stay at home mom of three little ones ages 5,3, and 2. She loves the flexibility that flipping gives for the family and loves getting to work with Rob on a daily basis.

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