There is a huge movement happening around the idea of no longer letting our possessions possess us and it’s amazing. As with most things, there are different “branches” of minimalism. One type is having a highly modern, chic, clean home design. The other kind, The “Fun Sized” kind, is where you clear all the clutter from your life that no longer serves you. It’s living with intention and purpose. That’s my kind of minimalism. If you’re on the same page as me and just want to have more of the things in life that bring you joy, I want to share with you some different ways you can actually make money with minimalism. Easy ways that your passion could become purpose. Let’s look at how.
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Naturally, the first way you could make money is when you first get started. When you first clear house (or when you continually do) try selling your old, unwanted items.
Sure, there are yard sales, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, however, most of the time downsizing comes with a “get the heck outta my house” attitude. Oftentimes people end up just bringing everything to a local donation center. If you don’t want to wait around for someone to decide to purchase your stuff, there is a way to get it all out of your house and make money effortlessly.
If you are racing to get this clutter out of your life, try out Decluttr first. You can download the app, scan the barcodes on your items (or enter them in) to see how much money you can make. Once you’ve done that you simply ship off your items and wait for a check! Read more here.
You can also make a great profit by sprucing up old, outdated furniture and giving it a whole new look. Kind of like I did here. Unfortunately you can’t sell furniture on Decluttr, but refurbished furniture is a great way to make a profit and they usually sell pretty fast on places like Facebook Marketplace.
Part of minimalism means trying to only have one of every thing, because often times two is just not necessary. This may not be the case with things like forks, spoons, plates and toilet paper, but you know what I mean.
After all, do you really have a strong need for 4 crockpots? Maybe you do…but chances are you could let one or two of them go.
What about your car? More and more families are challenging themselves to live with only one vehicle. Instead they are opting for biking, relying on the train or simply staying put at home!
Maybe you work close enough to home that instead of spending on gas, you could save by taking your bike?
Imagine the stress, effort, and money you could save by kicking a car to the curb. Not only would you save on gas and insurance, but you’d also be helping out the environment by avoiding all the gas guzzling.
Other great ways to cut back expenses
If you have already cleaned house and are used to living with less, this could be the opportune time to take some vacation and make some money hosting your house with Airbnb.
One of the major drawbacks people face when hosting their home is having to clean up in preparation. For those who practice minimalism, this isn’t as big of an issue. Get all the best tips for being a successful Airbnb host. If you maintain a relatively clutter free environment, imagine how quickly and easily you could get up and go!
Not only could you travel more, but a lot of times people find they are actually able to pay for their monthly mortgage payment through hosting! I know our family could! If you’ve ever wondered how much you might make with Airbnb, check out their calculator to get an idea of what people are making in your area.
Like most minimalists, you may find that minimalism becomes a passion for you. It’s something you want to share with others because you know the benefits. So why not share your journey and make some money in the process?
Here are some ideas to get you started:
If you haven’t yet, it might be time to consider making the plunge into downsizing! By doing this you can potentially save on mortgage costs, utilities, and time! Our family downsized 2 years ago and it has truly been life changing. Not only did we get about an extra $1,000 back in our budget, but we became closer as a family as well.
So how in the world do you even begin to downsize? I have some great ideas to help get you started!
No matter what, I’m a firm believer that in life you have to do what feels true and authentic to who you are. Maybe you got a few ideas here, maybe nothing seemed to fit. Either way, be honest, be helpful, and be passionate in your work. After all, that’s what minimalism is all about, right?
Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.