Finding the outlet for things you’re letting go off

In Searching for simplicity on October 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Three Empty Boxes #1

I am learning that downsizing is definitely not an overnight process. It is one thing to put things in a box and in the garage, getting rid of them is another.

One of the options we considered was to have a yard sale.  I have never had a yard sale in my life.  The idea sounds appealing though.  It is a nice time of the year, people like to be outside and it seems that more and more people find yard sales an okay way to find great things to take home.  I decided to do a bit of research and found the Yard Sale Queen website with great advice for first time yard sellers.  This lady seems to know what she is talking about and to be honest I find a yard sale to be too much work!  I guess once you’ve done it a few times it is not as daunting.  However, I am going to pass on this option for our downsizing project.

A friend mentioned Craigslist, but that would require a lot of effort for each item.  You know, setting up the ad, answering e-mails from interested people and mailing the items or setting up a time to wait for someone to pick up the one or two items they want.  Too much time!  eBay is the same.

The ideal would be to donate everything or a lot to someone that can come pick the things up.  I think we finally got a connection with someone that will do exactly that and the bonus is that he works with an organization that assists international students in our community.  It is a win-win.

We also considered Salvation Army and a few other charities that will pick things up if you leave them at your door.  I think we will use those with the big items and adult clothes.

My whole point here is: Downsizing is a process.  It is not a weekend thing.  It takes time.  You have to systematically go through your house, get things in boxes and then find the outlet that fits you to send them on their way.

Some people may really enjoy the experience of yard sales, or setting up things in eBay or Craigslist.  Some others may want to just haul them up to the curve and call the bulk item pick-up service in their city.  Some may choose to donate.  All of those are okay; choosing the one that fits you is what is important at this stage.  The idea is to simplify, to shed worries and complications. That will leave you with the energy to downsize to the right size.

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