My purging process around the house came to a near conclusion last week with a good ole’ fashion garage sale, and I followed up with some garage sale tips. I was able to pocket over $200 while getting rid of a bunch of junk (er… treasure) around the house.
Not surprisingly, I do not miss one thing
The list of things I’ve sold includes: a couch, a bed, a bookshelf, a fake houseplant, a real houseplant, two old bikes, suitcases, pet supplies, a dresser, a nightstand, and much more. I’ve also given a few garbage bags full of clothing and 6 boxes of household items to charity. That’s enough stuff that I wasn’t using to basically fill up, wall-to-wall, about 200 sq. feet of home space (or about 500 sq. feet of properly furnished space).
It wasn’t easy. In fact, it was a 6 month process, that included:
- Going through every belonging in the ENTIRE house on three separate occasions, each time with a more critical eye than the last.
- Researching where to sell what items for the highest return.
- Posting and selling dozens of items on Craigslist, EBay, and Amazon.
- Planning for and holding the garage sale for everything I wasn’t selling elsewhere.
- Donating to charity four different times.
- Recycling what I could that a charity would not take.
- Throwing away the rest (I’m proud to say that I threw out less than a trash bag worth of stuff throughout this entire process).
Here are five reasons to start YOUR decluttering project, without any delay:
1. Your Stuff is Not Going Anywhere on it’s Own
Unless you leave your doors open inviting in burglars (I actually left my garage sale unguarded for a bit, so don’t laugh), your stuff is not going anywhere on its own. It’s up to you to physically move it and get rid of it. Stop putting off the inevitable.
I had held on to my notes from classwork in college. How ridiculous is that?
2. Your Stuff is Depreciating in Value
This ties in to #1. If you’re going to get rid of your stuff, why not sell it before it depreciates in value even more than it already has? Sure, there may be a few antiques or collectibles that are exceptions to the rule, but not many.
3. Get Rid of your Stuff BEFORE you have to
Let’s say that you are offered a new job or lose your existing one and have to make a quick move. What do we all do when this happens? We fill the truck by priority and get rid of everything that doesn’t fit. Not only does this represent wasted money, but you just added your belongings to a landfill instead of getting rid of them responsibly. Don’t wait for this to happen. Sell or donate while you have the freedom and time to do it and give others the chance to use something you no longer do and get it for a bargain.
4. It will Feel Damn Good
It took a while to get to this point, but my dwelling feels noticeably ‘lighter’. My conscience feels lighter too. More space, less clutter, less dust, and more of a feeling like I own my possessions versus them owning me.
5. You May Just be Able to Downsize your Home & Save a Ton of Money
When we (humans) move into a place, we tend to buy based on how much stuff we have. Ironically, we got started buy buying stuff to fill empty rooms. Why not end that cycle and cut down on your mortgage or rent, property taxes, and energy bills? I need 200-500 less square feet to hold my possessions than I did just 6 months ago. And my next house will be significantly smaller as a result. This will produce multiple times the return that I received for the items I sold.
- Have you purged recently? How did you get rid of most of your stuff?
- What benefits did you realize after selling/getting rid of your stuff?