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Month: August 2015

Marie Kondo’s Missing Miscellaneous Categories

Miscellaneous

A few weeks ago, I wrote about discarding items from Marie Kondo’s Miscellaneous Category. This category, which Kondo describes in her popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, has taken me quite a long time. Not because it’s as difficult as finding and sorting all of the paper around the house, but because there are a lot of hidden “Miscellaneous” categories that you need to discover on your own.

Everyone’s Miscellanea is Different

In her book, Kondo lists the following sub-categories with which you should start:

  1. CDs, DVDs
  2. Skin care products
  3. Make-up
  4. Accessories
  5. Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc)
  6. Electrical equipment and appliances (digital cameras, electric cords, anything that seems vaguely electric)
  7. Household equipment (stationary and writing materials, sewing kits, etc)
  8. Household supplies (expendables like medicine, detergents, tissues, etc)
  9. Kitchen goods/food supplies (spatulas, pots, blenders, etc)
  10. Others (spare change, figurines, etc)

I’ve found a few extra categories that should also be considered.

Marie Kondo’s Missing Miscellaneous Categories

After I’d finished Kondo’s categories, I walked around the house and visited every drawer, looking for items that I hadn’t yet considered. Do these “spark joy”? Are these part of a whole new category I need to consider? Here are my additional categories.

  1. Holiday decorations
  2. Wrapping paper & ribbons
  3. Kids’ toys
  4. Wall furnishings (framed photos and paintings)
  5. Furniture
  6. Pet supplies
  7. Linens/blankets
  8. Towels
  9. Magnets (yes, we have a ton of magnets)
  10. Craft supplies
  11. Sports/Hobby equipment (each sport and hobby needs to be considered separately)
  12. Outgrown baby/children’s supplies
  13. Games/Cards

These are my missing miscellaneous categories. What are yours?

Sell CDs, DVDs, and Games

Discarding CDsI recently got a great question from a friend who asked me what she could do with her CDs that don’t have cases. Many of us, in an effort to save space, have gotten rid of the CD jewel cases as well as the artwork, so what do we do once we’ve gone completely digital? It seems like a waste of space to keep the CDs around.

Selling CDs, DVDs, and games can be split into two distinct categories:

What to do if you have cases and artwork in tact
What to do if you don’t have cases or artwork

How to Sell CDs, DVDs, and Games if You Have Cases & Artwork Intact

 If you have the cases and artwork, you’ll have a much easier time finding buyers. There’s always Ebay and Craig’s List, but here are a few ideas that are more interesting.

Decluttr

Decluttr is a service that will pay you for your old CDs, DVDs, and games (no matter what they are), plus, they’ll pay the shipping for you! You must have a minimum of 10 discs or a $5 value before they’ll pay for shipping. You enter your barcodes and they give you a price. (For reference, they offered me $.86 for my two-disc The Essential “Weird Al” Yankovic set.) This is a truly easy route to take if you just want to make a little money off your old discs. They’ll even take your Jagged Little Pill CD, which, apparently, everyone is now trying to get rid of.

Bonavendi

Bonavendi is like Bookscouter for CDs. Enter the barcode and they’ll compare the prices you can get over a variety of online buyers. They’ll recommend buyers, then send you to their websites to sell. Vendors vary on whether they’ll pay shipping.

Bonavendi - Sell CDs, DVDs, and Games

Amazon Trade-In Store

The Amazon Trade-In Store will give you Amazon gift cards in exchange for your CDs, DVDs, games and other items. In true Amazon style, free shipping is included. Enter a CD’s code you’d like to trade and they’ll give you a price. If you often shop on Amazon, the trade-in store is almost as good as cash. My Weird Al set would have gotten me $1.10 in Amazon gift cards. 

How to Sell CDs, DVDs, or Games if You Don’t Have Cases or Artwork

There aren’t many ways to make money on your old discs if you haven’t kept the packaging. Your only consolation is that people aren’t making much money on their old albums that DO have art so you’re not missing out on much revenue.

Here are some things you can try:

Sell Your Entire Collection (at once) on Ebay

Start the bidding at $1-$5 for your entire collection and wait. This person sold their 500-disc collection for $43, which is better than nothing.

Murfie

Located in my college hometown of Madison, WI, Murfie will create a high-quality audio version for you ($1 per disc) and/or store your entire CD collection for free (for one year). If you never want your discs back, they’ll keep them and others may eventually have the chance to buy and enjoy them. While you don’t make any money on them, you still get some added space in your house and the chance to order high-quality recordings.

CD Recycling

Are you ready to give-up on making money? Good, then here’s your best option. The CD Recycling Center of America will take your old discs (and printer cartridges, cell phones, cables, Christmas lights, cords, and small electronics) and dispose of them properly. Even in CDs, there are harmful chemicals that can leach out of them in landfills and it’s best to recycle them. They securely destroy your discs, recycling the plastics inside them and it costs you nothing! This is a pretty good way to gain some shelf space. To get started, find the closest recycling center and print a shipping label.

Have you found a good place to sell CDs? Comment and tell us where!

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