As you may know, I’m challenging myself to rid our home of 365 excess items.  I thought I might try to do that in a year, but since my first purging session cleared out 141 items I think I should try to do it in less time.  Let’s say 6 months!

So, this week I decided to try to make a little money in the process of purging.  There are a few local facebook groups in my area dedicated to consigning items.  If you want to try this yourself, type “yard sale” or “consignment” into the search box at the top of your Facebook page and you’ll be surprised how many places pop up.  I listed 6 items,  and sold 5, bringing in $100.  Here is what sold:

Clockwise from top left: a riding toy, a shelf with baskets, a doll, a drawer to hold coffee pods and a dresser.

Clockwise from top left: a riding toy, a shelf with baskets, a doll, a drawer to hold coffee pods and a dresser.

There is one item I want to talk about here because it may help you with your own decluttering issues:  The coffee pod drawer.  The coffee pod drawer was given to me as a gift from my mom & step-dad.  It was a great gift idea!  I know they saw this in the store and thought, “Jennifer will like/could use this,” and bought it for me.  And I truly appreciate the sentiment.  If they had bought it a month earlier, I really could have used it, but my husband had already bought me something to hold my coffee pods.

So I asked myself a few questions:

Which item holds more pods?  The one from my husband.

Do I need to hold that many pods?  At the moment, yes.

Will I always need to hold this many pods?  Quite possibly.

Can I use the drawer for something else?  No. It is specifically designed for this purpose.

Then I needed to get rid of the drawer.  When my mom & step-dad were here, they saw that I already had something to hold my coffee pods and they said I didn’t need to keep the drawer so there is no guilt in my selling it.  But quite often we are given gifts that we do feel guilty about not liking or not wanting to keep.

Over the years I have tried to tell myself, “It is not my fault that this gift missed the mark.  I am the one who has to maintain my home and I should be the one to decide what is worth dusting, looking at or taking up valuable storage space.”  If a gift is not right for me, I am still appreciative of the gesture, but my house is not big enough to keep everything ever given to me.  It is okay to let things go.

I’ve been using this challenge to explain my “self-talk” in the decluttering process.  Maybe some of you find it helpful.  Do you have your own “self-talk”?  Would you care to share?

4 Thoughts on “Challenge 365-Making a little money…

  1. Jim Arnold on April 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm said:

    Well done!

  2. You can’t call Anne just a doll! Some happy lady (me) is delighted with her…


    Doesn’t it feel great?

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