I’ll admit it. I have A LOT of stuff.
No, it’s not as dramatic as Hoarders…there’s no dead cat and dried out fish bones buried underneath a crusty pile of clothes!
However, over the last two decades of my life, I have accumulated way too many things. It’s time to pare this down and do some spring cleaning!
Thus, it’s time to launch…
Primary Goals and Key Results for Success
- Make Life Simpler by Purging Unneeded Things
- Donate What I’m Able To & Help Others
- Reclaim Wasted Storage Space in My House
- Make Some Extra Cash & Invest the Proceeds
Phase 1 – Strategize
Some people just like to dig into things. I don’t. I feel it’s a lot more efficient to strategize first, figure out where you’re going, why you’re going there, and then go for it all out.
Since I’m dealing with a lot of “stuff”, I’m going to first create some lists to get a general organizational system in place… i.e. what goes where!
Three Piles of “stuff” to Purge:
- Stuff to Sell
- Stuff to Donate
- Stuff to Throw Away/Recycle
Phase 2 – Execute
Phase 2 is relatively easy to do. You’ve already made the decision and figured out the actions required. Now’s the time to just do them and become as efficient with your time as possible.
There’s no need to haggle over a few dollars when negotiating an item for sale. The goal is to purge! 🙂
Phase 3 – Invest the Proceeds
Who knows how much I’ll be able to accumulate from selling these things, but I’m guessing I can get a minimum of $1000.
Whatever the case may be, I’ll track these funds separately and see if I can grow it aggressively for your and my entertainment. I’ll call it the experimental O.D. Fund.
Although I’d love to have this done and completed yesterday, I also have other responsibilities as a Stay-at-Home Dad. So, I plan on giving myself 3 months to work on this project and purge the majority of the “stuff”. My goal will be to have a final dollar count of the sold items by the end of August so I can begin the investing experiment by September… update to follow.
With that said, it’s time to start Phase 1. I’m thinking the best approach will be to begin categorizing.
- Computer Equipment
- Networking Equipment
- Office Supplies
Places to Donate
My go to place to donate unwanted items is Goodwill. They are great at taking most things and will give you a receipt for tax purposes. They also have document destruction at some of their locations, so I may try to tie one of these visits together with that. (If you’d like to see how I already manage my paper clutter, check out this post)
For books, you’d think that libraries would be a good option. However, depending on what you have, they may or may not want your items.
Where To Sell?
It’s been awhile since I sold anything on Ebay, but that’s always an option. I also know that Craigslist is an active marketplace to liquidate items and I’ve used them before in Vegas when I had to get rid of furniture quickly. Finally, I’ve noticed a few apps pop-up recently that help you to sell unwanted items. Maybe I’ll look into a couple of those.
I could always do a garage sale as well. But, I’m thinking that will take too much effort.
For re-saleable books, I know there is a secondary marketplace I could participate on Amazon. However, I’ll need to do some further research in that area to see if it’s worthwhile.
Readers, any thoughts on the best places to sell things? When’s the last time you had a major purge of “stuff”? How did you feel when you were done?