My decluttering challenge challenge for the year is nearly over, and thankfully, it’s getting harder to find things to let go of around our home. Could this possibly mean that we are getting close to having just the right amount of stuff for our family and our home? I think so, and that’s exciting news!
I’ve reached a total of 5241 items decluttered from our home so far this year – I’m now wondering if I can triple my original goal of 2011. 2011 items to declutter originally seemed like a very lofty goal, but once I got started, it had a way of snowballing. Who knew that we had so much stuff in our tiny home that we would be gladly willing to part with? Certainly not me! Lately I’ve started selling things from my own closet that I would have thought prior to the start of this project to be “staples” in my wardrobe, items that I would never part with. Interestingly enough, once they’re gone I don’t feel any pangs of regret about letting them go.
I did a quick tally of things we’ve managed to sell this year, and I’ve reclaimed over $1800 from things that we were no longer using or no longer wanted. That’s sobering stuff. Here’s a quick breakdown of the things we sold and how much we managed to recoup on those things:
- Clothing (Adult and Children) – $615. The majority of sales I made in the clothing department were some higher end, brand name clothing items that came from my own closet. I sold my remaining Lululemon jacket, as well as an expensive sweater that wasn’t getting any love from me.
- Toys, Kids’ Gear and Children’s DVDs – $538. Most of these sales were the result of some major toy decluttering, but nearly $100 came from the sale of some Baby Einstein dvd’s that my kids received as a gift, but never did end up watching.
- Strollers – $525. Strollers are darn expensive. Thank goodness they have some serious resale value in my city.
- Cloth diapers, disposable diapers and potty training stuff – $150. Yes, I sold not only the last few cloth diapers I had left in my youngest son’s diaper stash, but a box full of unused disposable diapers too. Yes, Craigslist is a VERY popular place in my city.