The Great Purge

Hello! How’s July going for you so far? Have you purchased your new bill organizer spreadsheet yet? I do not kid you, it will change your life and the way you see your finances. What are you waiting for?

I have begun the great purge of my house. I’m getting rid of stuff. I was feeling cluttered and my extended family is having a garage sale because of my grandmother’s recent passing. So I’m using this opportunity to get rid of stuff I don’t need or want any more. Clothes I no longer wear, movies I haven’t watched in a long time (some still in plastic wrap) – just stuff.

We as a society place too much emphasis on stuff. The latest and greatest electronics and gadgets, the trendiest clothes, the most powerful vehicles. I admit, to an extent, that I am a part of this. But I’ve been driving the same car since 2012 (I love my Subaru), I don’t need to upgrade my phone this year, and I wear clothes that are comfortable. I would like a new computer, simply because mine is sooooo slow.

What do we do with our old things after we’ve upgraded? There are recycling programs for phones if you don’t trade it in with your upgrade. Facebook groups have become the place to sell your times, outselling eBay. And sellers love it because there aren’t any fees associated with it. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. I sold an old tablet for $25 just to get rid of it. I paid much more for it when I bought it, but that isn’t the point. It is out of my house! So when selling on FB – price to sell. You’ve already gotten your use out of it. Let someone else pay a fraction of what you paid and they’ll get a deal and you’ll get beer money. Or wine money. Or yarn money.

Here’s today’s challenge. Find one item in your house/apartment that you don’t use. Join a local FB group and put that item up for sale. Price it to sell, not to get your money back on the item. Meet your buyer in a public place and feel a small weight lift off you as you hand off the object. Breathe.

Happy Purging!

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