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If there’s one thing in my life I get absolutely annoyed with, is clutter. I firmly believe that if you have not worn that shirt in your closet for 5 years, or are maybe saving those flared jeans from high school when they come back in style, you should probably donate them…
Sell or Donate?
We’ve never had a garage sale to get rid of our clutter, as it does take time to organize and then there is also the people factor; do you really want potential strangers (or nosy neighbors) coming on to your property and eyeing up your stuff? Yes, I feel good about donating items to the salvation army, but sometimes I just want to get something back!
Live A Happier Lifestyle!
I also firmly believe if you remove the clutter in your life, you will be a happier person. Less is more right? One of my most favorite books was written by Matthieu Ricard, “Happiness. A guide to developing life’s most important skill.” The writer was a former biologist who turned Buddhist monk, and it was this kind of lifestyle and teachings that really fascinated me about living a simple life and making the most of it. One of the biggest religions of Japan is Buddhism and it teaches the importance of cleanliness for having a peaceful mind and soul.
How does that tie into clutter? Remove it and simplify your life to achieve personal happiness, and well, of course, make a buck off of it! #Merica! Just glancing around a few rooms in the house, I can see it all. Pieces of furniture that were donated to us that can really go, and maybe we can put the money toward the electric fireplace/TV stand that would be great in the family room! Of course, I can’t forget about the knick knacks. Both my husband and I were on the receiving end since day 1 of our lives to be blessed with ornamental, trivial things that really have no sentimental meaning at all to our lives. For instance, do I really need 2 kittens in a stalking that says Christmas 1990 on it? I don’t, but I bet there is a cat lover who thought 1990 was a great year and would love to have one!
Up for the Challenge?
There’s a show on ABC that also fascinates me, “I can find $3,000 in your home.” Umm hello. When can you start so I can apply that to our loans?! Of course, I don’t think the host will come way out here to help us get rid of our crappy clutter, but, I think this is a good challenge for Mr. and Mrs. Defined Sight! With that said, I would like to challenge Mr. Defined Sight to help me find $3,000 in our home. What do you say hun? I will organize the inventory, if you do the posting and shipping!
Well, here’s to hoping Mr. Defined Sight accepts this challenge and will follow-up with our successes or failures! What attempts have you made to remove clutter in your life, and did you score some cash in the process?