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Decluttering the Home this Autumn

Today is the first day of October. Autumn is well and truly here. Our heating just came up for the first time since last winter, so the chill is definitely in the air. I have been seriously thinking of decluttering the home this autumn. I am thinking of doing some minor redecorating, and I need to let a few things go. There are also a few minor home repairs that need to be done in time for winter.

I have been online searching for the right people to get the job done. I recently came across Rocburn – The Window Opener Specialist, and I will most likely be contacting at some point to get a quote.

 

 

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However, before I get into the repairs, I need to get the house decluttered. Clutter gives me a headache, so the junk has to go. Once the unwanted items go, I have the space to breathe and think of what to do with the space I have.

I have 3 categories for everything we got, and each item has to fit into a category.

 

Keep

Anything worth keeping will be kept. Majority of my items fall into this category which is a good thing. It means I buy just what I need, and not just anything. Having said that, I will be very brutal with this pile. I will be keeping only items I am sure I will be using.

 

Sell

All items that wouldn’t be kept but in a good condition, would be sold or should I say, I would attempt to sell on eBay. I have not listed items to sell on eBay in ages, but I am hoping to find the time and get my selling mojo back. I also wish eBay could make the listing process a lot easier for us sellers.

 

Give to Charity

I have 3 charity bags ready to go as I type this post, and I would have more by the end of the month. I am forever giving away stuff to charity shops and I enjoy doing so. It is my way of giving back and it helps to declutter my home. What more could a girl ask for?

 

I plan to sort out piles this week, so I starting with a bang tomorrow. Wish me luck! Are you decluttering the home this autumn? What are your decoration/repair plans for autumn? Please sound off in the comments section, let’s chat.

 

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have an awesome week.

 

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Tips for Selling on eBay

I started selling my preloved and some new items on eBay some years ago. Funny enough, I still remember how excited I was to make my first sale. Back then, I was so into selling on eBay. I still am, but not as much. We only have 24 hours in a day unfortunately, and I rarely have the time to list my items on eBay. It takes me ages to get the items sorted, photographed and listed. So I have reduced the time I spend selling online. I stopped selling items on eBay auctions, sticking to the buy it now option, which I find a lot easier to manage. I also wait to sell my entire stock before listing some more.

 

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There are so many articles all over the web, on tips for selling on eBay. I know I have read loads and I found some of them very helpful. However, this post is all about tips I have picked up along the way. So this is purely from my experience from selling on eBay in the last couple of years.

 

Delivery service

Make sure you send your sold items with the cheapest and most reliable parcel delivery service. This is very important. If you use a crappy delivery service, your buyer would most likely get the item late, damaged or it may go missing in the post. Which would lead to a low rating/complaint. So do your research before you decide on which delivery service to go for. There are a couple of reliable parcel delivery companies that offer excellent service. One of them being Parcel2Go, which also offers cheap international parcel delivery.

 

Excellent photos

I take all my product photos with my DSLR. This way I ensure my photos are quality. The buyers need to have a good look at the products they have interest in, and the only way is through the photos. Items with clear photos sell faster. It is also advisable to take as many photos as possible, showing different angles of the product. If there are any faults or signs of wear and tear, make sure you get this photographed as well, so buyers are aware of the true state of the item.

 

Clear Description

Writing a clear description of the items on sale is another great tip for selling on eBay. Make sure you include sizes, colours, design, features, how long you have had the item if applicable, faults/damage, the condition of the item, and any relevant information you would want to know before buying a product online.

 

 

 

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Selling on eBay – Buy it Now Option

The jury us still out on this one, but I prefer the Buy it now option to the Auction option on eBay. Buy it Now means I can list items for a price I am happy with, and have 30 days to sell it. If it’s not sold in 30 days, I usually have it resisted for another 30 days for free. I prefer thus option as it is a lot easier to manage. Dealing with bids annoy me most of the time, so I rather sell online this way.

 

Do you run an online shop? How do you find selling on eBay? Do you have any tips to share?

 

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OOTD: Calling the Shots

The title of this post is inspired by the name of the lipstick I am wearing – Rimmel London Call the Shots. I have been incredibly busy these last couple of days, dealing with new clients and life in general. I almost didn’t have the take these outfit photos, but I was determined to find the time, against all odds. I believe when you want something so badly, you find the time for it. No room for excuses this year. I am calling the shots in my life!

 

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Spring is here, and I am loving the sunshine we are getting. It is still more rain than sun, but I can’t complain. I made good use of the amazing weather by getting these photos taken. I hope the sunshine stays.

 

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Every piece I have on is an “oldie but goldie”.  I got this black floral dress last year summer, and I have worn it a few times now. It is dead comfy and so easy to style; one of my current favourites. The brown faux leather jacket is also from last season’s collection, and so are the brown boots. If you are a regular reader, you would spot the black bag and sunnies, I have had them for donkey years, and they still look good.

 

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This is the reason why I like to buy quality items. The more you spend on an item, the longer you have it, that is usually the case with me, especially when it comes to accessories – shoes, bags, jewellery and sunglasses. And that is the reason why I like to invest a little more in them, so they serve me for longer.

I also like to sell my old accessories on eBay, and bags do sell quite well on eBay.

 

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What do you think of this look?

 

WHAT I WORE

Black floral dress – Next

Brown jacket – Jane Norman

Brown boots – Koi Couture

Sunnies – Gucci

Black bag – DKNY

 

 

 

 

 

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