Most people find they need a good clear out every few months but what do you do with it all? I tend to take some items to the local charity shop and try my hand at selling things locally but it is a limited market and can take some time to sell so I decided to dip my toes into the world of selling on eBay. I’ve bought many things from eBay over the years, just never been on the selling side, so I was keen to see if it was a simple and easy process.
eBay gives you the chance to earn some money to fund new things you want to buy or do but also allows you to get rid of stuff you no longer need, giving things a new lease of life with someone else. Knowing I have many items that are fairly new but just no longer fit or aren’t being used, I knew eBay would be a way for me to declutter my life a little.
Accessible either on the website or via an App, you can set up your sales posts quickly and efficiently, in fact I found it much easier than initially expected and it would certainly encourage me to try selling more things in the future. The listing process is 4 simple steps, although the more information you provide, the more helpful it is to the potential buyer:
*Snap it* – Treat the pic of your item like a selfie. Have good lighting and make sure you take several shots
*Write it* – Use keywords to write a description of your item that is interesting, informative, and of course, honest!
*Price it* – Have you got a price in mind? Choose buy it now. If not, have fun with it and see what you can make with an auction style sale
*Post it* – Want them to come to you? Choose local pick up. Happy to post it? Then do exactly that
Within a few minutes I had a couple of items up for sale, and was eager to see if they would actually sell or not. At the end of my 10 day auctions I was pleased to see that both had sold!
Within 48 hours both buyers had paid and I took their items to be posted. Overall it was a really simple process that I’m happy with and would do again. The items both sold quickly which I guess helps by being available to such a wide audience and that isn’t something I’m able to achieve anywhere else. I’ll definitely be decluttering a little bit more and seeing if I can add some more pennies via eBay to my Christmas present buying fund over the next few months!
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Looking for more storage in your house? Then an ottoman bed from Sueno is the way to go. With January being the start of everyone’s New Year decluttering, optimising your storage spaced at home is crucial to becoming more organised and keeping clutter at bay. With a move to a new house last year, I found my main bedroom almost half the size of my old one – eek! By the time I had fitted my wardrobes and chests of drawers in the room, I had no space for my beloved blanket box at the end of my bed so had to find a new home for it downstairs. This left an overspill of bedding, towels and blankets without a home but that’s where Sueno came to the rescue with this stunning silver velvet covered ottoman bed and matching headboard.
Knowing we were on the lookout for a new mattress, I was also browsing beds and came across the relatively new idea of ottoman beds as opposed to just having drawers underneath which only give you a small storage area. Ottoman beds lift the whole upper lid of the divan up leaving you the entire inside of the divan for storage. This surely had to be the answer to my storage needs!
I found Sueno online with a wonderful selection of high quality hand made beds that seemed to be perfect for my needs. They also came with a stunning array of upholstered headboards that can be matched to the fabric used to cover the divan part of the bed. I knew I wanted a silver/grey colour and thought I saw the perfect fabric on the website but to be sure I phoned up and ordered a batch of swatches. This was late on a Friday afternoon and after a lovely chat with customer service checking out all my concerns of the beds ease of opening, sizes etc I was impressed to find the sample materials arrived in my post on Saturday morning!
Having selected ‘Silver Naples Velvet’ for my fabric choice, I was keen to place an order to allow enough time for the bed to be produced and delivered before Christmas. The website is user friendly and simple to use. I opted for a Sueno Ottoman Bed along with a Chesterfield Headboard. Delivery arrangements are by phone call allowing you to discuss a suitable date and although it’s an all day appointment they do give you an approximate idea of the time that they aim to arrive at your house. I also got a phone call within an hour before arrival from their in house delivery team. Being a long way from the production site my bed was the last delivery of the day and at approximately 6pm the lorry turned up.
This is where purchasing from an established independent family run company really shines through. Not only is the bed delivered to your house, but the delivery team carry the bed to the room of your choice, remove and take away all the packaging and then build the bed in front of you, leaving you with a fully set up ottoman bed ready for you to apply fresh bed linen onto. That extra bit of service is really worth it and makes the whole experience a lot more pleasurable. We probably wouldn’t have built the bed that evening if it’d been left in the hallway covered in packaging whereas we had the novelty of sleeping on our new bed that night. The team even kindly unpackaged and placed our new mattress upon the divan which we had purchased from Wayfair a few weeks prior, and I’m so grateful for that as it is incredibly heavy!
So what can I say about my new ottoman bed?
The bed is amazing, everything I expected and more. It looks stunning, feels stunning and the bit you’ve all been waiting to see is the storage which is fantastic and incredibly spacious. The structure of the bed is well made and the quality is high. The base lifts up using two fabric loops on the side with the help of the sturdy gas struts to ease the weight. When the gas struts are fully opened they hold the weight of the top of the bed and mattress in place allowing you to reach in and organise your belongings inside with both hands.
I’m so pleased with this storage space and managed to fill the ottoman bed in no time at all. It does need organising though which I’ll do in my Spring declutter and I need to also invest in some vacuum storage bags to shrink down a spare duvet I keep in there. The whole thing looks amazing and you’d never know that it held the vast amount of storage inside that it does.
The whole look of the bed and headboard is stylish and modern which has given my bedroom a higher quality feel and image. We still have a few finishing touches to go such as curtains and carpet but hopefully these will be achieved this year for a whole bedroom makeover – a complete turn around look from the fitted wardrobes and flowery wallpaper that adorned the walls when we moved in.
All in all I’ve achieved my goal of more storage in a stylish way thanks to Sueno. I can’t fault the quality or customer service, both of which have been outstanding and a company I’d highly recommend and would use again (should I ever need a new bed!).
Why not check out Sueno for ottoman beds to give you the ultimate bedroom storage solution that keeps all your belongings hidden away but easily accessible?
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received a discounted product in order to write an honest review.