Day 6: Where Does It Go? OUT!

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Today is Day 6 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life.Let’s follow up the last challenge of taming incoming stuff with paving a path to get rid of stuff.

Lorilee outlines five ways to get rid of stuff, and for some reason, storage wasn’t one of them.  Well, we won’t revisit exactly how much stuff we have in storage, but suffice it to say, a lot.  So, I need to take a second look at how to get rid of stuff.

  1. Throw it away.  My kids could do better learning this. My strategy to teach them such a lesson is have them pick up (by hand) all the little pieces of paper they find such joy in shredding.  Amazing what a difference that makes.  Maybe some day they will get tired of picking it up and stop throwing it down.  What a concept!
  2. Recycle.  When we lived in a house, our city offered recycling pickup, and we were avid recyclers.  Now, that we live in an apartment and don’t have recycling pickup, it’s much harder.  My husband tries to take it with him once a week to drop off at a recycling station, but we put out a lot more than he can take in a week.  Therefore, I have backed off recycling and just opt to trash a3 lot.  It’s most annoying to have a pile of recyclable trash next to the door and does little to give me a sense of minimalism.
  3. Donate.  The guys at Goodwill almost knew me by name during our move last spring.  I made multiple trips to get rid of stuff that I just didn’t know what else to do with.  We got a little desparate the week before closing and were so grateful for their help in taking our stuff.  What we don’t need may be a huge blessing to someone else, and I’m all for making other people’s day.
  4. Sell.  I have sold a lot of stuff on CraigsList and eBay, but it’s time consuming.  I reserve big items, like furniture, for CraigsList, and somewhat valuable, but easily mailable items, for eBay.  If I have to spend too much time packaging and mailing, I’d better be making a decent return on the listing.  Otherwise, it’s just too much trouble.  We had multiple garage sales during our initial clean-out phases, but I can’t say we ever made a killing.  It was a fine line between too much trouble and a little extra cash.  Now that we don’t have a place to do a garage sale, I’m not sure what we’ll do.  We could borrow a driveway from a friend or family member, but is it worth the trouble?  I haven’t decided.
  5. Give away.  This is really my favorite option.  I love to bless people.  I remember one time I had several Pampered Chef stoneware pans.  I still have quite a collection (which I use!), but I had a few pieces, like a mini-loaf pan, that I only used at Christmas or for bake sales.  So, I gave them to another PC-fan.  I’ve borrowed them back a few times, but she stores them, not me (hehehe).

Almost everything I have at this point is for a reason: future use, family heirloom, memory maker.  I want to be use my resources wisely and make money when appropriate.  However, I don’t want to be guilty of keeping anything just because I can’t get some payback on it.  I know people who hoard to the point of selfishness.  Please, Lord, don’t let that be me.  I also don’t see the point of paying storage fees to keep something I could buy again later for half the price.  Duh!

So, what about you?  How do you pave the path for disposing of stuff?


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