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decluttering step 1

March 23rd, 2015 at 07:30 pm

Seriously my DH and I are hoarders. We have a lot of trouble getting rid of stuff mostly because we are lazy. Not because we don't want to, but because we just push it to a corner in the house and say we'll take it to sell or goodwill later. We actually can let go of stuff and have boxes of stuff to get rid of but never actually take the effort to do it. No more.

This move is motivating me in an unreal fashion. I have in less than 5 days done 3 trips to good will and donated over half dozen bags of stuff. I sold at consignment stores $60 worth of stuff which is about 4 bins. I donated to my kid's preschool toys and books about 8 bins since goodwill doesn't take it and it's not valued high enough to sell.

I've also given away an infant bucket and pack and play that were super old. And I've possibly sold my infant swing and double stroller.

Oh and I've listed a ton of other items like train set, high chair, rocking chair, and other furniture. Neither DH nor I can believe how much stuff we purged in a week.

I've also packed up all the kids books and started on purging their clothes. That's next up and the storage unit should be starting to be filled this weekend.

Where did all this crazy motivation come from? LOL.

7 Responses to “decluttering step 1”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Good for you! You have a very good reason, you are motivated to sell and move. Smile

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Great work!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Nice work!

  4. snafu Says:

    1st, since you are paying all costs associated with this move, it's imperative that you keep every receipt and a detailed list of money spent because when DH and you get jobs in your new location, a lot of your expenses can become tax deductions having moved for new employment. I suggest using a vinyl file folder and conscientiously note expenses in a bullet journal.

    Perhaps this move will motivate you to take action ridding yourselves of items no longer used, needed and loved. Is it possible that your lack of space results from boxed stuff that is only now leaving your home? It is often noted that soft furnishings like sofa and chairs seem to have a 10 year life span, so is it more cost efficient to offer them on CraigsList once the condo sells, than pay for this cross country move? Mattress sets too have viability limits depending on specific factors. As you review each shelf and cupboard, consider the cost per mile and effort of packing, unpacking tableware, linens, small electric appliances, pots, pans and utensils and the rest of the stuff.

    You might find it useful to use small, colorful stationery 'dots' to identify furniture to be sold, not moved cross country. I hope it's ok to mentioned some of the decorating 'rules' that might be helpful in 'staging.' You never get the second chance to make a first impression. If you can fill the needs and dreams of your potential buyer you will sell your condo. Your buyer will notice more about your condo in two minutes if you have worn out entry mat, cheap locks or out dated faucets. Help buyer identify with your space just like Crate & Barrel or IKEA.

    Foyer: creates an instant impression of your unit so bright, uncluttered, intriguing, but welcoming. Avoid anything claustrophobic, distracting, depressing, sad, overwhelming or uncomfortable. An entrance closet is helpful but at least a mirror, flat surface and tray/bowl for keys, hat, gloves, bench/chair helpful to pull on boot, set handbag or incoming packages.

  5. scfr Says:

    My neighborhood has a Facebook swap / garage sale page where I've had good luck selling things.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I considered that but we keep our stuff forever. We are getting rid of a lot of furniture like ikea bookshelves because we can buy it where we move to for cheap.

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