It’s no secret that I have too much stuff. Though, since I last posted, I have parted with a considerable about of clutter. Coupons and discount cards from months ago? Gone. A $1 winning lotto scratch off ticket from Christmas? Cashed in. Dozens of books? Listed for sale or donated. My progress is more slow than steady, but I’m getting there. While I continue to tackle my clutter, here are some of my favorite posts on the subject that I collected from around the interwebs. This kind of collecting is OK, right?
By now, you know if you’re looking for an expert, don’t look at me. Money guinea pig? Sure. Decluttering amateur? Absolutely. But if you want the real inside scoop on what it’s like to purge your belongings successfully, check out this post from Brittany over at Tiny Ambitions.
Chris from Keep Thrifty drops some scary statistics in this post. Like the average American has 2.93 TVs in their home. And then he challenges readers to go a step further and see if they can live with half. And I’m not talking about 1.465 TVs, either. This post chronicles the transformative decisions his family has made and the incredible impact it has had on their lives as they learn to live with less.
As someone who can wax poetic about everything from old birthday cards to shoes that I don’t wear, I’m no stranger to being held back by sentiment. Jaime from Jaime Declutters unleashes all sorts of wisdom in this post to help me—ahemm, readers—have a moment of reckoning with all of their sentimental items. Spoiler alert: she’s not here to tell you to toss everything.
Cameron at Save Splurge Deny Debt drops all sorts of truths in his post about his family’s foray into minimalism-ish. It’s a thing. Trust me. Not only does he share the lessons they’ve learned, but his journey also emphasizes some of the huge benefits to ditching your stuff.
Once you’ve decluttered, you’ve got another round of decisions to make. Do you sell? Do you donate? Do you carefully sneak just one pair of shoes out of the bag? (Bad Penny!) If you’re looking to learn more about selling electronics, Revanche from A Gai Shan Life has your back. In this post, she breaks down exactly what it takes to make a successful sale on Swappa…and if it is worth it or not.
While we’re on the subject of hauling in some extra cash, I had to share Amanda’s mad crafting and selling skills. This post from Centsibly Rich chronicles how creating an extra gift turned into a bunch of green. Doubly impressive is the fact that she didn’t decide to keep the spare gift in her basement. You know. Just in case. Not that I would evvvver do that.
So Tell Me…What gems did you find in these posts? What has your journey with decluttering or selling been like? Feel free to drop a link in the comments! I’ll even fish it out of spam. I love you guys that much.