Written by Sheryl Burson
The world seems to have fallen in love with Marie Kondo and her passion for decluttering, tidying and folding. I too have submitted to the craze, but am not a total newbie to the decluttering concept.
I have moved my entire belongs around the world three times now; an experience not too unfamiliar to Kiwis who have spent longs stints on OE’s. This made me ponder my worldly belongings and test what ‘sparked joy’ in me enough to merit the cost of bringing those items with me. I’ve also moved from a small flat to a Kingsland house and back again to London-sized accommodation.
I now live in a reasonably large four bedroom house, which when I moved into it had rooms with absolutely nothing in them. The new kitten had her own double bedroom. Then I had twins, and the rooms just seemed to explode. We didn’t seem to fit into our house any more.
A need for a bigger and better home office/studio meant I had to get serious about my clutter. So renovations paved the way for yet another significant ‘Kondo’ moment. I waved goodbye to my belongings and thanked them for filling my house with crap and am now purged of my junk. I now have a fantastic studio that I’m using to bring in more revenue.
I thought of how convincing myself that I needed to future-proof my house had cost me money. Rooms which had stood mainly empty for a few years had been filled with clutter. I remembered my happiness in my bijoux little flat and pondered the idea of downsizing when my now gigantic twins leave home. I contemplated how, over the years, having both empty space and overfilled space had cost me additional money and my preferred suburb.
The simple fact is space costs money, and so does junk!
Those three spare bedrooms could have been affording me valuable income and the smaller flat was saving me a costly bigger mortgage. All that under-utilised space and spare rooms which become dumping grounds filled with boxes equate to cold, hard cash. The extra mortgage costs of paying for a 3-bed house when you only need 2 could become burdensome and affect your lifestyle. Could you downsize and move to a better suburb? It's useful to note that new builds are now approximately 6% smaller than in the past, and the trends for tiny houses and rising building costs means this will continue.
Ways to make money and use of your space:
1. Sell the items you have getting rid of.
Ones man’s treasure is another man’s trash is especially true on Trademe.co.nz.
Many second-hand clothes stores will sell the clothes for you and take the hassle out of putting them online and then having to arrange delivery or pick-up. Second-hand clothes stores in Auckland include recycleboutique.co.nz
Facebook has many swaps or sells pages and even putting up items in your local facebook page works wonders. I sold bundles of my kids' clothes in literally within 10 minutes of posting.
2. Get a roommate and rent out your spare bedroom.
Site filters help people looking for a room in a specific radius from your property. Choose your preferred flatmate age-range, gender and occupation or Profiles with images only here:
3. Take in a foreign student.
You can choose to be a long or short-stay host depending on what would suit you better. There is a commitment involved, this is not the same as a roommate. Depending on the age of the student this may mean a level of responsibility you cannot give. Find out more about what's involved at
4. Make the room into a home office.
Cut the commute time and reap the benefit of making this tax-efficient move.
5. Make a hobby room.
Always wanted to create something to sell on Etsy or other creative sites but needed a dedicated space to create your masterpieces? Look on Etsy to see how people are making money from their handcrafted custom creations.
Airbnb makes it simple and secure to host travellers. You can control the availability, prices, house rules, and how much you interact with guests.
7. Downsize to a smaller place.
Whether you are just wanting a smaller space or to move to a more expensive inner city suburb choosing a more modest home can be the way to achieve this.
Talk to Ray White Damerell Group about your options to downsize today:
Not all of these solutions will be right for everyone, but they are worth considering.