We’ve gotten rid of another large item in our quest to purge 365 unwanted items from our house.  This next item was HUGE!  It was our computer desk.  We tried to sell it on Craig’s list over the last year for varying amounts of money and my husband was finally able to sell it yesterday for $20.


Sigh.  $20.  We paid about $500 for it new.  And it was just what we needed to house all of our office items…at our last house.  That’s the problem.  The fact that it was sort of self contained and could be closed up was perfect for the large open floor plan of our last home.  But here we were using it in a small room that just felt smaller with this desk in there.  It had to go!  But we paid so much for it!  But it had to go!  But we paid so much!  It had to go! But all that money….

Yes.  It cost a lot of money to buy that desk.  But what is it costing my family to keep a huge piece of furniture that we are not using?  It wasn’t costing us actual money to keep the desk, but it prevented us from using that space for something else.  In a situation like this, it helps to keep my eye on the prize.  What’s the prize?  More space in our house for our family to live and pursue our interests.  Which better serves that:  keeping the desk or getting rid of the desk?  Getting rid of the desk!

143 items gone, 222 to go!

Have you accepted my challenge?  What have you gotten rid of?  What kind of “self-talk” do you use to make yourself let go?  I’d love to hear from you!

8 Thoughts on “Challenge 365- Another large item

  1. Jim Arnold on April 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm said:

    I think describing the struggle behind the decision is so smart. It seems many people have yes/no as companions when trying to declutter. With alcoholics, they call it thinking the drink through. Not only do you consider how wonderful th drink/item is, but what is its consequence? keeping your eye on the prize is how you get through it. Nice work, Jen.

    • Jennifer on April 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm said:

      Thanks! I wondered about blogging because people have already said what I have to say, but as what pointed out to me, no one has said it with my voice before. =)

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