As the end of the year quickly approaches, I have realized that my goal of reducing my STUFF is far from complete. At the start of the year I was giddy with enthusiasm, reading great resources, tackling small projects, but the energy quickly dissipated.
As I spend the largest percentage of time in my bedroom, I figured it would be the best area to begin. Over the past few weeks, I have gone through absolutely everything in my room – from boxes to books, cosmetics to art, you name it!
Creating room in my bedroom has created room in my mind.
For items which are no longer bringing me joy, I moved through the following options (starting at the top, moving down if the previous was not possible):
- Re-Gift – with the holidays right around the corner, this pile was for higher end items which I knew someone in my immediate circle would appreciate. Perhaps I can do some D.I.Y projects to give these items a little “umph” before gifting. This ensures that: the items get a good new home, reduces waste, reduces excess demand around the holidays, and makes my wallet happy!
- Sell – for items which have a large ticket price, you can recover some costs by selling them online (try kijiji or craigslist).
- Donate – for items which are still usable, but for which I couldnt think of a good home, I donated to a local charities.
- Give away – Certain charities are looking only for specific products, so for items outside their criteria a great option is to post on free websites (try freecycle), where others in your community may have a use for them.
- Recycle/Waste – for the items which absolutely NO ONE wants, you always do have the option to recycle or dispose. This should be a last option (or reserved for items which would be unhygienic to share), as many times even things you imagine no one else could use will have a use (even not for their original purpose).
One of the unforeseen roadblocks for me was not having a car, which lead to frustration with items piling up in my hallway, marked with where they needed to go. I solved this by starting to participate in car-sharing program and renting a car every second weekend. It has worked brilliantly, helping me to creating space and providing motivation to continue to work so that I had items to get rid of every weekend.
Today, I am finally finished purging my bedroom – I have made over $750 from selling items I no longer needed, and donated over 5 bags to charities! Now onto the rest of the house and storage….
Have you ever tried to purge your house of stuff? What is one of the methods you have used to motivate yourself? Do you like to sell or give away your things online? I’m curious to hear your ideas and experiences below!
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