Downsizing All Year Round

Downsizing All Year Round

Perhaps it’s the New Year, or coming off the end-of-year spending. Whatever the case, I’m feeling a major downsizing itch. Once I start seeing all the things I do not really need, the list seems to grow exponentially. And while I have found it is fairly easy to start parsing out things to get out of the house, it’s not always so easy to determine where they should go next. Are they something I should try to resell? Or give away? If so, where? I try desperately to keep trash and recycling as an absolute last resort, even when things seem beyond repair (thank you heavy trash). Since I do not think our crib can hold any more items in giveaway limbo, I decided to rein it in and extend the pleasure of purging. My plan is to simply do away with one item/group of items every week or so.

Last week I decided it was time to part ways with my textbooks from graduate school and a couple of Ben’s from undergrad. I was foolishly optimistic that I could sell more than a few. I sold two. Then after reaching out on Facebook, I decided to skip any extra effort and simply take the remaining stack to Half Price Books. After 15 minutes I walked away with $2 and an empty bag. I’ve learned that decisiveness is essential to actually getting things gone, so I ignored my instinct to further research.

Well, that’s done – now just 51 more things/weeks to go.

Do you struggle to get things out of your house? Where are your favorite second homes for all your stuff?

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