Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

2021 Decluttering Thread

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • ua_guy
    replied
    Sold a bed that we no longer needed. $200.

    Also got my husband to sort through a giant tub of childhood memories that's been following us around for 3 moves and almost 10 years. He ended up discarding most of it. Progress. lol

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Originally posted by GrimJack View Post
    sometimes, it gets so overwhelming that I can't even figure out where to start.
    That's a very common problem that I'm sure many of us can relate to. I certainly can.

    My advice is to focus on either one particular area or one particular category of items, and start small.

    For example, maybe set a goal to declutter one closet this week or even one drawer. Don't worry about anything else in the house. Just focus all of your attention on that closet/drawer.

    Or, do the Marie Kondo thing and pick a category to focus on. Maybe it's t-shirts. Take every t-shirt you own and spread them out on your bed and decide which ones to keep and which to toss.

    Sometimes you feel like you're not making any progress but if you do it little by little, pretty soon the progress starts becoming obvious, and I always find the best motivation to keep at it is starting to see the progress.

    Leave a comment:


  • GrimJack
    replied
    Oh, man - I really need to get rid of a lot of stuff. Time for freecycle and ebay. I make glass things but have not gotten rid of any so they are accumulating all over my apt. Hell, I even have 24 unused medium moving boxes. I had a couple guys over to haul sh*t out just before the pandemic hit but it is getting back to overwhelming, sigh. At least the 40 year old forest green leather couch has been replaced by some new furniture.

    sometimes, it gets so overwhelming that I can't even figure out where to start.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    New item I listed on ebay got a bid today so that will sell in a few days. That will bring my 90-day sales figure up to at least $221.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
    I continued working through the carton of stamps and stuff in the basement tonight. I also found a cachet cover from the USS Arizona from 1936, 5 years before the Pearl Harbor attack. I listed that on ebay. A quick search shows USS Arizona items seem to do pretty well.
    Auction ended today. I got $20.49 for that envelope, which I'm pleased with.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Two more items sold on ebay today (so far). Unfortunately, I'm back to work after my 10-day break so I won't have as much time to list more items but I'll do my best.

    Leave a comment:


  • bjl584
    replied
    Just sold an old set of tires and rims that I've had in my garage for about 7 years
    $200 in my pocket

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    I sold four more items on eBay yesterday and woke up today to see that two more had sold overnight.

    ETA: And two more sold today.

    It's so weird. Items can be listed there for months with no action, then all of a sudden a bunch will sell.
    Last edited by disneysteve; 03-28-2021, 10:23 AM.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Since I'm mainly doing it to get rid of clutter, I really don't pay much attention to how much I make on ebay (unlike when I was doing it as a business). But ebay takes care of that for you. Right now, my 90-day total is $146. Knock off 15% for fees and I've made about $124 - on stuff that we didn't need or want. Add in items I've sold on Marketplace and I'm over $200.

    Just a reminder that there is a definite financial benefit to getting rid of clutter along with the intangible benefits.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Sold another item on ebay today.

    Not exactly decluttering but still sort of a win. DD asked if we still had her old pencil case from school. It just happened to be something I came across in the garage the other day and had put in the box to go to Goodwill. I went and got it for her. She now has a use for it and before she ordered one on Amazon she figured she'd check. So it didn't help clutter but it did keep her from buying something new.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    I continued working through the carton of stamps and stuff in the basement tonight. I came across a number of great family items, like letters my dad wrote home during WW2. I also found a cachet cover from the USS Arizona from 1936, 5 years before the Pearl Harbor attack. I listed that on ebay. A quick search shows USS Arizona items seem to do pretty well.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Sold 3 magazines on eBay today.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
    Two items I listed on Marketplace yesterday sold. We were going to meet today but it's pouring here so he asked if we could do it tomorrow instead.
    Transaction done. $20 cash received. I sold him a couple of old Phillies items and he said if I have any more to let him know. I'm sure there's more in the garage somewhere so if I come across any, I'll message him.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    My father, who died in 1992, collected stamps. For the most part, he collected things if they caught his eye, not because they had value to others. I've never dealt with his collection but it's risen on my to do list. Today, I started digging through one carton of stuff - postcards, envelopes, and loose stamps. Most of the cancelled loose stamps went in the trash. I know those have no value, even in bulk. A lot of the envelopes were things either he received or one of his clients did and he saved them just because they were neat looking or came from other countries. Again, no real value to collectors.

    The box I just went through also had a bunch of postcards, mostly unused collected on our travels. Some of those will have resale value if I batch up lots of them by location or subject matter so I set those aside - things like vintage Atlantic City/Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, Lancaster, PA. There were some personal postcards sent to us by friends and family when they were traveling. It was neat to read through those. I actually found one from cousins who are actually coming to visit this afternoon. I'm sure she'll get a kick out of seeing it. It's from 1975 when they went to London.

    Today's box also held some First Day covers and other things that actually are collectible, so those went into a separate pile. Eventually, once I've sorted through everything, I want to take the entire collection to a dealer and try to sell it for whatever I can get for it.

    Leave a comment:


  • disneysteve
    replied
    Two items I listed on Marketplace yesterday sold. We were going to meet today but it's pouring here so he asked if we could do it tomorrow instead.

    I spent a short time in the basement, got a few things in the trash, packed several in a box for Goodwill, and found 5 or 6 I'm going to put on Ebay.

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X