Should I Sell or Should I Donate?

The 4 Key Questions to Ask Yourself


how to decide if you should sell or donate items from your home



10-Day decluttering challenge continues with day 5 declutter the living room, family room and home decorHonestly, donating items you no longer want or need is so much easier than trying to sell them, but just because something is easy doesn’t mean it’s right.

Do you have things around your house that you aren’t willing to just give away, but don’t want to take the time to sell?

Does this unwanted and unneeded stuff just sit around collecting dust and creating more clutter?

Many charities nowadays will even come to your home and pick your things up for you if the items are too big or you just would rather someone come to get it.

I have created a list of 4 key questions to ask yourself if you are having a hard time deciding if you should sell your items or just let them go and donate them.

After you’ve gone through your home and done a complete declutter you will have boxes, bins and bags of things that you decided you no longer want. Now is the time to go through that pile and decide if and what you will sell and what you will donate.

Here are the 4 key questions to ask so you can decide if you should go ahead and sell items or just donate them.

  1. Do I WANT to make money off these items? This is the very first question to ask yourself. Do you even care to make any money off the items you no longer need or is it just the same if you gave it all away?


  1. Is it WORTH MY TIME to sell the item? Your time is worth money, no matter which way you look at it. When you think about selling an item think about how much you are actually going to make for the time you will have to put into it.


  • Garage Sale – With a garage sale, there is can be a ton of work involved. If you are going to make a few hundred dollars off your items, then maybe it’s worth it. It will be up to you to determine if the time it will take you to set up the garage, price your items, put up signs, advertise, man the sale, clean up and then make a donation run is worth what you think you’d make off the sale.


  • Consignment shops, thrift shops – These can be a great alternative, but they don’t take everything, so you have to be sure you are bringing them things that they will sell. Some places will ask you to put a price on your items. You have to pack your stuff up, drop the items off, possibly fill out paperwork and then wait and check back weekly or monthly to see if anything has sold. Some places will only hold onto things for a certain amount of time and if it doesn’t sell you can either pick up the items or have them donated. This is a great alternative to a garage sale though and then if items don’t sell the shop will donate the items for you.


  • Online Selling (OfferUp, UpSell, FB Selling Pages, etc.) – This is another great way to sell items without having to set up a garage sale or run items to a consignment shop and wait. There is some technical know-how you will need and you will want a camera too, but most people have all of this on their phones and there are apps for all these selling pages.


  • Is it worth your time, though? If you can make $10 off selling something, but it takes you an hour to get it listed online with pictures and description and then another hour or even two to communicate with possible buyers. Then more time to find a meetup time and location with a buyer that hopefully shows up. You have to make the decision that the price of the item is worth your time and, more than likely, frustration.


  1. Will my items ACTUALLY sell? Basically, what is the demand for my items? Are there already lots of people selling the same thing? If there are, then there might be a high demand. But if there are a lot of people selling the item, it can also mean that no one likes it and no one is buying it.


  1. Do I have items I can sell TOGETHER in a lot?  If you decide to sell your items, do you have other things you could sell with it for one price? This helps you to sell more items at once rather than meeting up with 5 people to sell your items you are only meeting up with one. Help sell your cheaper or less desirable items with items of greater value to get rid of everything. If you have a few items that aren’t worth much you can group them with items that are worth more. It’s kind of like buy this and get these free. It’s a deal for everyone, right?\


So these are 4 key questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether you should sell your items or donate.


Download this FREE PDF I created for you to help you decide!

4 Key Questions to Ask Yourself – Should I Sell or Should I Donate? 



  1. Princess Quinn on August 20, 2018 at 8:03 am

    We mostly donate things. But I find the questions you mentioned helpful. There are times I will need to sell things like gadgets.

  2. Flyingkids on August 20, 2018 at 7:47 am

    This is such a nice way to reduce things in your house. You have such great ideas on how should one classify a thing whether it’s for donating or for selling.

  3. Valerie Silhy on August 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I love donating and living clutter free! We get together with my daughter and aort clothes and toys that are in good condition and send them to my home country! Itnis such a blessing

  4. David Elliott on August 19, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I really need to take this to my daughter. We really need to move things out of here. And so we need to decide if we are going to sell it or donate it. Definitely good things to think about.

  5. Heather on August 19, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    We’ve been donating so much lately. I just want it out of my house at this point.

  6. Wanda Lopez on August 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve asked myself this question so many times. I end up donating to a Goodwill or Salvation Army. They end up giving my donations such better use.

  7. Toughcookiemommy on August 19, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I think this is something you have to play by ear depending on what the item is. I love to donate whenever possible but have also been successful at selling certain items.

  8. Terri Beavers on August 19, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I’ve always given my things away. I’ve thought about selling them but it seems like I always know or learn of someone who could use them. I think either option is great depending on the circumstance and of course, what the items are.

  9. Brittany Vantrease on August 18, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Sometimes it’s very hard to give something away. I know for me, I get a sick feeling when I have something that cost a lot of money and the thought of giving it away instead of getting something for it makes me feel ill. BUT I also never end up getting rid of it and that’s useless and wasteful because someone else could be getting use of it.

  10. Aliya on August 18, 2018 at 9:10 am

    So what I do with my daughter items, is take it to the selling place first. Allow them to go through it all and take whatevers leftover and donate. And then take the money I made to get my daughter remaining items she needs.

  11. Emma Riley on August 18, 2018 at 7:01 am

    These are great ideas but most of the time I am donating all of my things that I no longer use and I feel better by that way.

  12. Mr. T on August 17, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I completely understand this dilemma, at this very moment there are a pile of things I’m trying to decide on. You bring up great points to focus on in making that decision.

  13. Tara Pittman on August 17, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I find it easier to donate. I love to donate to my church sales so they can help orphans.

  14. Scott Gombar on August 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I try to donate as much as possible. There are always people who are in need of assistance. I honestly have never had a garage sale

  15. Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland on August 17, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I tend to try and sell everything first. Whatever doesn’t sell, I will then donate. I try to do a nice culling every six months just so that the house doesn’t get too cluttered.

  16. Sarah Bailey on August 17, 2018 at 11:54 am

    This is a great post – sometimes it is hard to try and decide what to do with things. I have to admit I try and halve things as much as possible so I feel like I am doing a bit of both.

  17. Amber Myers on August 17, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Most of the time I tend to just donate since it’s easier. I will sell things that I know will make some money on eBay. But for the most part, it’s just donations for me.

  18. Stephanie Clavel on August 17, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Hi there, I agree with you about selling items online. I sell items that I no longer need on my own eBay account. I will definitely consider donating on thrift shops, thanks for the tips!

  19. Joan on August 17, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I was asking myself this last week when it came to some clothing I was trying to get rid of finally I settled for donation.

  20. Mommy Sigrid on August 17, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I have given so many things out, especially my kids stuff. But there are some premium items that I try to sell, like gowns, costumes, and some expensive toys. then I use the money to buy the stuff that the would need.

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