15 March 2012

Guest Post - Hoarders beware: The times they are-a-changin'

As if chasing after the little ones doesn’t keep you young, now you’ve got to stay current with all of the trends in technology. If you haven’t tapped into the world of digital storage yet, you’re missing out on a prime opportunity to clear your home of clutter. Want to know how you can simplify your life while making money from activities such as selling DVDs for cash? Keep reading.

One of the best ways to get rid of clutter is to learn to embrace the digital age. From music to important documents, you can now store everything on a cloud drive, skipping the need to skim through messy file cabinets or search through all of those jewel cases for your favourite CD.

Before you can toss everything, though, you have to get digitally organised. This means that you should scan all of your important documents and convert them into portable document format, or PDFs. If you store them in your email account or a cloud drive, you can access them from any computer with your password and username, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about them getting destroyed. In addition, using PDFs allows you to clear up office space both at work and at home, making for a clearer, clutter-free environment, which is something that mothers everywhere can appreciate.

When it comes to getting with the times, going digital isn’t just for work. One of the most useful--and profitable--things you can do for this year’s spring clean is clear out all of your old CDs. Whether you think you’ve outgrown your Cranberries collection, or you just want a little more breathing room around the house, selling your CDs is a good way to get a fresh start.

Before you start to clear out your entertainment centre, however, start by converting all of your music and movies to a digital format. Ripping your CDs to a personal computer is a fairly easy process, and most PCs even have built-in software that can help you. Transferring your favourite movies may be a bit more involved, but researching free software like DVD Shrink or Handbrake can help you get started.

Once you have all of your music and movies in digital file formats, you’ll want to move them to a cloud drive so that you don’t take up all of the memory on your computer. This will allow you to access them whenever you want from several types of devices. Then, you are ready to sell!

You could pack up all of your CDs, DVDs, and video games and take them to the nearest second-hand entertainment store, but who has time for that? If you’re a busy mum who barely has time to plan the next family meal, luckily there are online outlets that do most of the work for you.

One of the most popular way to sell used discs is to post them on an user-generated site such Gumtree or Amazon. This way of selling has several advantages, including the ability to set your own prices, but it also has its drawbacks. You’ll be responsible for monitoring the item’s progress throughout your posting and taking the discs to the post office to ship them once you’ve sold them.

However, if you want to make money without all the fuss, there’s an easier way to sell your CDs. A buy back service like musicMagpie makes the process simple and convenient by allowing users to upload information about each disc that they want to sell and then arrange for postage. You’ll get a cheque for all of your used CDs without ever having to leave home.

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