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Remove the Clutter and Find Some Cash!

Remove the Clutter and Find Some Cash!

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. 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!

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!

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?


  1. I’m such a huge fan of simplifying and removing clutter! Last year, I made concerted an effort to get rid of some old clothes and even tried to sell a few books. I didn’t make much, but I was at least able to clear up some space and get some extra coffee money. I also apply this concept to other aspects of life. For example, not having a car means I don’t have to worry about parking spots, oil changes, maintenance, or insurance. I feel like walking makes life more simple. Anyways, thanks for sharing! Good luck to the both of you with your goal!

    • Mrs Defined Sight

      April 23, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Thanks! I posted early morning yesterday in the city wide online rummage sales, and received no interest! What method of selling worked best for you? I was talking to a few friends, and they said having a good old fashion yard sale when it’s the city wide advertised sale, is the way to go so I may have to look into that for getting rid of the clothes, books, etc. Supporting the coffee fund is a great motivation too!

  2. I hope he says “Challenge Accepted” because that is a post I would love to read. Love me some side cash.

    • Mrs Defined Sight

      April 23, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Mr. Defined Sight has NOT officially said challenge accepted yet! I think he saw me blowing up the house yesterday, became a little terrified and decided to run all the errands this weekend and do yard work instead! I find that a winning situation as well! 🙂 But I’m sure he will hop on the declutter bandwagon soon. Stay tuned!

  3. Mr Defined Sight

    April 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Well, it looks like I have some work to do! Challenge accepted. Advice appreciated!!! 🙂

  4. My wife has the one in and one out rule. She hates clutter and is always looking for ways to be more organized. When we got married she went through my things and definitely started making me prioritize things. She didn’t like the clutter that we had so needless to say I have adapted to her and her minimalist ways 🙂

  5. I’m getting into the habit of cleaning out old stuff twice a year, once in fall and once in spring.
    I hate it when stuff gets piled up on my shelves, drawers, etc. A simple life is a happy life.

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