I’ve reached a breaking point with ‘stuff’ in my house.
We aren’t swimming through ‘things’ but we are definitely over crowded in our limited living space. As a result, I have decided to list one new item for sale on GumTree each week to help declutter and more importantly; retrieve some much needed cash from my possessions.
I am now three weeks into this little experiment and I’ve decluttered a solid three x three metres of furniture that was no longer needed. I’ve made close to $400 in doing so and cannot explain the tremendous sense of accomplishment I feel when I see my home becoming more spacious by simply ridding it of unnecessary things.
My new mantra? Stop buying crap. Declutter instead and use the money to get wealthy. Here is the blueprint you too can follow;
Start with big ticket items
To get started, I suggest you list and sell big ticket items within your house. Furniture that takes up space, second fridges that do little more than add $350 a year to your electricity bill. The goal is to make extra space in your home. Big ticket items tend to sell faster also; there are a plethora of students and people ‘setting up home’ that use websites like this to get quick and cheap purchases.
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Think three to four steps into the future
Books, DVDs, BluRay’s and more. These will simply become superfluous objects in the next five years (thanks to digital services like Netflix). Sell them now while people still want them and you can retrieve your money.
If you are like me, you won’t be able to let go of all books. Keep your special and precious books but sell your cheap / easy fictional reads. Individual books are hard to sell but if you package up a lot of books in a series as one; people will often buy. See you later ‘Twilight’, you’ve been great but I’m over you.
Near new presents / wedding gifts / unwanted presents
Get rid of them. They are likely near new and still in boxes. Our house is filled with beautiful new gifts that people have given us at one point or another but we simply have no use for. These items are often in categories that are highly sought after; sets of wine glasses, baby clothes, christening gifts and more.
Garden shed clear out
Power tools, tiles, unused paint, cement bags – if your shed is like mine, it’s become a dumping ground of building and garden supplies. Do what I did and get rid of it. Items you think no one would want, often get picked up in an instant.
I once sold a heap of unused tiles by simply listing their colour, size and brand name. The guy who picked them up also spotted a bag of leftover unused cement from a renovation we did – he took that too and saved me having to act like I knew how to mix it one day.
Outdated art / prints
I bought a bunch of prints when ‘graffiti art’ was super cool. Now I look at them and don’t really see what I originally liked in them. Chucking them online has seen a heap of interest generated; I am yet to sell but expect these to take a little longer given I am not listing them for a bargain basement price.
Running a large website like this see’s me owning all kinds of technology. I have a dead pool of outdated laptops, keyboards, mice and monitors. I’m looking forward to listing these as many still work but just don’t meet my current needs. They are guaranteed to never be used and each day is simply eating into their already diminished value.
My strategy over 52 weeks (1 year) – I hope it yields some serious results
My goal is to continue listing items for sale for a full 12 months. This means I am certain to list 52 items over the course of one year, a pretty decent first step to decluttering.
My desire here is to keep up the challenge, prove to myself that I can do something consistently to help my finances and my desire to live slightly clutter free.
Could you do it?