From where I stand, there are three approaches you can take to beginning your journey toward minimalism, a.k.a. to get rid of your ish…your “stuff.” You can sell your stuff, give your stuff away, or just, you know, throw it in the trash/recycling.
- Selling your stuff:
I attempted to do this with at least some of my stuff. I listed a few brand new clothing items with the tags on vinted.com, but nothing ever became of it. I also put a dress on Craigslist that probably would have sold as a prom dress, had I been more patient. A few days after posting the add, I gave the dress to my mother-in-law to send to Mexico with loads of other clothing. Shortly after, I had about six people interested in the dress. So, listing them online on vinted.com, thredup.com, or craigslist.com MIGHT be good ways to make some money for your goodies.
Another way to simplify is to have a yard sale. This actually interested me a lot but I flat out did not have the time. I became more of a minimalist by circumstance. My husband got a great job offer, and we had to move fast, so we left our 1800 square foot house and moved into our 650 sq. ft. apartment. We really HAD to downsize a great deal, but both wanted to do so anyway. A yard sale would be a great way to earn at least a few hundo, and I highly recommend this route if you or someone you know has a yard you can use. I’m sure Pinterest is full of cute yard sale ideas.
2) Giving your stuff away:
Another option is to give your stuff away, and this can be done in a myriad of different ways. You could take it to Goodwill, which is what I ended up doing with most things, and is my least favorite option. You could donate your things to a church or other organization/good cause, or give it to friends or family. You could have some sort of “shopping party” where you invite people over to just take the things they want from your house. Maybe you can find some way to regulate in case there is competition…
3) Recycling and Throwing your stuff away:
After Goodwill, we took several trips to the dump and to various recycling places. Look for places to recycle any garbage/random junk you have, as well as electronics/various appliances. This is the least ahem…Earth-friendly option, and the least philanthropic, but still a fast and effective one if you’re desperate to move things along quickly.
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