Anyway, do you feel like you have too much stuff as well? I don't think I'm the only one. When I watch movies/TV shows where the characters live in other countries or in another time period, whether or not it's accurate, they seem to have less "stuff" and live more simply. We're in debt. We should be living simply anyways, right? We don't think so, obviously, since we have junk overtaking our apartment.
Over the last month and a half, I've been slowly cleaning sections of the apartment, finding things to sell or donate. Ideally, I'd love to have a yard sale, but it can't really be done where we live. Option #2 is eBay, Amazon, and local online classifieds (not Craigslist). I don't like taking the time to list things on eBay or ship the stuff, but now that listings are free and they've (finally) simplified their listing process, it's not too bad of an option. Amazon is super easy to sell books, movies, and video games. And online classifieds (through local TV news stations) are really only worth selling on for more expensive items (TVs, a car, furniture, etc). I really wish we could have a yard sale though because then I could sell even the smallest of things - like a candle, binders I no longer use (but are in excellent condition, of course), stationary, clothes, etc. No one looks on eBay or classifieds for some of those "other" things. I've recently discovered local Facebook groups that are kind of like online yard sales. Good concept, but the posts are mostly people who are trying to get you to buy into their "work from home and make $10,000 a month" scam.
So why simplify? Here are my reasons.
- Less stuff = less clutter
- Make some money on things we no long need/use
- Less to clean around
- I don't like keeping things we don't need just because we can - my husband does, though
- Get rid of the guilt - the guilt that comes from seeing the "one too many" of everything that we own and the debt we still have - why keep spending the money?
Want garage sale tips? I've collected some on a Pinterest board for you.
I have created two free printables for you for tracking garage sale and online sale income. Click the images to download the PDF files.
Do you have any tips/websites to share for selling online?