I remember when I was in my early 20’s, living with a roommate, I could literally haul my entire life in the trunk of my car if I wanted to. These days I’m a family man, with a large house, rooms to fill and clutter that’s followed us from California to Japan to North Carolina. A few weeks ago, the Mrs. read a book called: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and I have to say, in a few short weeks, the book has changed our lives. Let me first mention, I haven’t read the book myself, but have been briefed by the wife about important parts within each chapter, parts she thinks apply to me…it’s almost like a verbal slap to the head.
How has it changed our lives, you may be thinking? Well, you know how all those “know-it- all” marriage experts say that marriage is all about communication? Funny thing…they’re right. We sat down at the kitchen table and brainstormed. We came up with some lists:
- Is it in storage somewhere? (garage, attic, closet)
- When’s the last time we’ve used it, worn it, seen it?
- Is it worth trying to sell…or should we just give it away?
After the lists, we decided to compile all our stuff in the garage, in an effort to easily set up for a garage sale that weekend. We announced the garage sake on our local yard sales page on Facebook, posted signs and messaged our friends to spread the word. 8am on Saturday morning, we had our first customer.
It was hard getting rid of some stuff, but we kept strong and gave a price. We haggled, but ultimately just wanted it gone. By the end the garage sale on Sunday afternoon, we sat down and counted, to my surprise, we made about to $1200! Time to get debt free!
Now, the 7 Lessons learned & things to think about:
- If it’s been in a box for a few months, do you really need it?
- If it’s been in a box for over a year, get rid of it NOW!
- If it doesn’t fit your kids, it will fit someone else’s kid, get rid of it.
- You’ll feel free when you see all your clutter start to vanish.
- De-cluttering is good for the wallet, the soul and the marriage.
- Less crap to haul away if you move.
- Less is more