My Journey to less
Less stuff. Minimal crap.
This ought-ta be fun. Join me!
Since I lost my job in September of last year- I’ve been looking for another one with no prevail. (Another blog, another time…) I’ve always been the kind of person who’s mind constantly goes a million miles an hour and this only made it worse… how am I going to pay bills? My student loans? Buy food? Gas? Medical bills for my kidney stones? Gahh.
First thing’s first- I did what a lot of people would do- bawl. Then I’d go from crying hysterically to laughing at the hot mess I got myself into. Then cry again. Then drink a bottle of wine.
Then I got real. Staring in November of last year I started selling my things on EBAY. I’ve been doing it on and off over the years when I needed extra cash- and now that I REALLY needed the money, it seemed obvious to start again.
It was then that i realized how much freaking CRAP I really have accumulated over the years. (see pictures below) The articles of clothing I would find in places I never knew existed- clothes that probably wouldn’t fit over one boob if I tried. The old books from the second grade, excess jewelry, electronics, purses.. oh does the list go on and on and on and on and on. Half the stuff I didn’t even knew existed! Plus, most of it has no sentimental value… so I thought perhaps some of it has monetary value. Heck, a dollar at a time could add up, right? (Yes, I know all about the fees of selling things online too, ha ha)
***Side note: This is one bedroom. ONE. Don’t even try to imagine the rest of the house. ANNNNDDD interestingly, we have moved 5 times in 6 years and thought we ‘weeded’ out a lot of stuff already. Right.***
Another reason why I started selling my stuff is due to a bit of soul searching. I felt selfish for having so much. I am pretty poor, but I do have lots of excess things that just sit in drawers. If others can use it, why should I be selfish and keep it? I have to kick myself in the butt sometimes when I’m having my own personal pity party…(hey, we all deserve one once in awhile) … times when I think about all the things that I don’t have and all the things I want. A new car, a big ol’ diamond, money to actually put IN my wallet, trips to luxurious places around the world. After the personal butt-kicking, I would remind myself of the less fortunate people in the world and how many struggle to simply have a roof over their head or food on the table each day. I decided to stop whining and be just a tad bit less hypocritical everyday.
Reading post of minimalists on the internet, it amazes me how some of these men and women can part with literally THOUSANDS of items in their home. I’ve read blogs and sites of some who only have 100 things. Or 288 things – like I read on Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus’ website. It seems impossible- but it also seems so liberating. I’d love the feeling to literally be able to fit all that I have in a car and go travel at the drop of a hat. To not do a thousand loads of laundry every week for two people. TO NOT LET MY ITEMS OWN ME. To not let them control me. To not constantly have to clean all the time, or find places for junk. Today, I think I have something like 8 junk drawers. Sick. I’d love the feeling of only having the necessities and getting my pleasures of life from EXPERIENCES, not tangible items. So instead of thinking about it some more, I’m gonna’ DO IT.
Plus, trippin’ over my crap literally makes my blood boil. Lets get rid of it. GET RID OF IT ALL!
Back to selling stuff. Its January 22 and as of right now I have a mere 82 things on eBay. They have this sweet promotional thing going on for the next some-odd days to list over 1,000 things for free- so I’m going to be taking advantage of that and be an eBay selling ninja.
Some of you may not care that I’m selling as many of my things as I can, or why- but I needed to post it online as a sort of… personal accountability. Even if zero people read this blog (my first, by the way) I will still feel the personal obligation to fulfill my end of the deal – which I think will make me more successful in the end.
While I am selling things, I’m going to weed through the things that probably aren’t worth anything. Things I can toss/recycle, donate, give away, etc. I can’t even muster up the gumption to count my stuff as a starting point, but once this journey is done- I hope to easily be able to. That’s kinda the whole point, right?
Follow me on my own journey of sales and minimalism, or heck- start your own journey with me! Check back for updates!
Warm wishes are always welcome! 🙂