How Decluttering Helps Me Make and Save at Least $500 a Year

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By Cameron Huddleston

It’s become cool to declutter. In fact, the author of the bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” — Marie Kondo — has a cult-like following of devotees who embrace her message that you can create a happier home and feel lighter psychologically by releasing yourself from clutter.

As a fan of decluttering well before Kondo’s book was published — but not nearly as good at it as she is — I would agree that getting rid of stuff can make you feel lighter. But as a personal finance journalist, I would add that it can make your wallet heavier. That’s because you can benefit financially by decluttering.

Every year, I cash in on items my family no longer wants by selling them or donating them and claiming a tax deduction.

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