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I kid you not, one of the to do items on my list is to “get rid of stuff”. This has been an ongoing project, and now that I think about it we started over a year ago by having a garage sale. I don’t think we are pack rats, in fact I sometimes think I am a bit ruthless in getting rid of things. We don’t have a lot of space that most Americans have – our current living situation is a 4 bedroom apartment. We have no garage, no storage unit, and no kiddos. My approach was to start early and move as quickly as possible. Fortunately we have stuff we can borrow if we sell items (like plates and silverware) or back ups (like if we sell our bed, we have a guest bed and an air mattress). Once we sell a lot of our stuff, we will move in with my parents. I am hoping that will be able to wait until the beginning of October, since we still have our puppies!
The first step I took was to clear out one of our guest bedrooms of everything except the furniture. Then, I filled that room up with stuff we needed to sell, give away, or donate. I listed all the big stuff on Craigslist and posted pictures on Facebook. I sold most of the furniture through FB. We were fine with getting rid of our bedroom stuff early. Our closet has built in shelves and drawers, so we also used the opportunity to go through all of our clothes and put it in the giveaway pile. All of our clothes from our dresser went into the closet. Once the guest bedroom was pretty full, I invited some friends over and told them to help themselves. Most of these things were so small that it didn’t make sense to list them online. We were able to clear out a lot of stuff quickly by offering stuff to friends. I like to think we banked some good karma too, so hopefully we will be repaid with things we need while cruising!
We have piles around the house. Not only is our guest room dedicated to stuff to get rid of, but we have two open suitcases in our bedroom for stuff we are keeping – one suitcase will come with us to France, and the other will meet us in Florida. Instead of having to remember all these items when time comes to pack, we have been preemptive.
Lastly, we have boxes of stuff to store. I am trying to be stingy with what we store. Unless it is irreplaceable or sentimental, we aren’t keeping it. I’m still trying to work out where exactly we will store things, but that”’ be easy compared to getting rid of everything.
I know that we will be donating some items – a friend of mine has a women’s shelter and resale shop in the area, so we will be donating there for anything we can’t sell. Some stuff it’s sad to have to decide to get rid of it, but a lot of items are things I rarely ever used! It was such a waste to buy them in the first place.
I am looking forward to a simplified life – less stuff owned, less stuff bought, and less stuff to clean and take care of!