Get Rid Of Your Stuff!
I want to inspire you to get rid of your stuff! Why do you need all of these things cluttering your life? What makes you happy? Does the cabinet full of dishes, closet full of clothes, drawers full of gadgets, and piles of extra cords, cables, toys, and stuff make you happy? One or two of those items might, but it’s probably pretty easy for you to look at it and pick out what you actually use. The hard part? Getting rid of the stuff you don’t use!
I’m guilty of it too. Every morning I workout. I open my workout clothes drawer and I know my favorite pairs of shorts, tops, bras, and socks. Why do I keep the other ones? Sure, I have a pair that’s better for running and a pair that’s better for biking, but what about the other ones?
Get Rid Of It!
That’s just what I did this weekend. I started with my sock drawer. Yes, a whole drawer full of socks. Why on earth do I need a full drawer of socks? After all, I do laundry at least weekly, and when a pair gets too worn, I can replace it. It’s not like there will be a shortage of socks at Target anytime soon. That being said, it was actually kind of hard! To make it easier, I put them in a plastic bag labeled rags. If I use them to clean, even just once, and then throw them away, at least I got one last use out of them. (Plus, that’s less paper towel to buy, at least until I run out of old socks!)
What does this have to do with money?
Once you get rid of your stuff, do not replace it. You can live with less; therefore, spending less money!
Even if there’s a sale on soap, you don’t need to buy 10 bars. There will be another sale, and another coupon. When you’re down to your last bar or two, keep an eye out for a sale and something will pop up.
Don’t shop out of boredom.
Go to the store with a purpose. Is your shampoo bottle almost empty? Add it to your grocery list for a few weeks prior so that you can catch a sale and coupon. Did you wear a hole in your socks? Put it on your shopping list and watch for a sale. Ultimately, stick to your lists. I love using an app on my smartphone, sync it with my husband, and when we’re about to run out of something, we add it to the list. Then when we must go to the store for something, we can check what else we’re almost out of and buy it when it’s on sale. This works for clothes, toiletries, groceries, everything! (Side note: It’s also a key aspect of proper nutrition and meal planning. Decide what meals you will eat this week, make a list, and buy only those items. You’ll be healthier, happier, and have more energy!)
Sell your stuff!
Looking to make money? Finally part with that pair of jeans that just doesn’t fit right, and sell those tops that are a bit loose or tight. Is there a spare TV sitting in a bedroom that you really don’t use because you watch shows on your tablet or phone? Sell it!
Use Replacement Value – or Best Alternative Option when selling your stuff: How much would you have to pay to re-buy the same item? It’s likely an old model, so check used prices on eBay, Amazon used sellers, Craigslist, etc. What would someone else have to pay if they weren’t going to buy the item from you? Be honest about the condition of the item. How much useful life is left? Some items might surprise you. I was shocked I could sell my unlocked iPhone for what I paid for it three years prior. Many other electronics depreciate much faster, like a TV. I paid $600 for my 47″ LCD TV five years ago; however, today I could buy a similar TV for under $300, so the used value is even less than that. The bright side of selling my TV? I could still replace it with a new one of the same specs for only $300 now, so if I can sell it for $250, it really only cost me $50 to use for five years because now I’ll have a new one. (I just have to be willing to buy a new one that doesn’t have all the fancy new features. The cost of old technology went down because of all of the new technology!)
Could you live in a Tiny House?
Okay, that might be a bit extreme. Lately I’ve been a tad addicted to watching Tiny House documentaries. I love the concept, but I want more space than a 100 foot trailer. What will I implement from the Tiny House idea? I will live with what I truly need. I will make the most of my space. I will keep things that are useful or beautiful. I will decorate my house thoughtfully. I will be creative, innovative, and conscientious.
Why do I need more space than a 100 foot Tiny House?
As much as I love the idea of maximizing every square inch of my house, I will actually use the added space. If you’re not going to use it, then you’re just wasting money on maintaining it, cleaning it, paying for the utilities, decorating it, furnishing it, etc. I love working out every day, and I love having exercise equipment at home. I will use the extra space if it’s full of workout equipment. I also plan to have children, so I would use the extra bedroom. (However, I will likely use some of the creative Tiny House ideas to make their bedroom dual purpose, such as a play room and guest room too.)
Anyway, back to the original purpose of this post. Think about what you will actually use, what do you need, what makes you happy and adds value to your life? Don’t clutter your life with needless possessions that waste your time to maintain, clean, sort, organize, etc. De-clutter your life, de-stress, and enjoy whatever level of minimalism is right for you!