The Sorrows of Decluttering
This weekend I went on a minor decluttering spree and decided I was going to get rid of a few things. I’ve got the moving bug, and while we own our house and probably won’t be going anywhere for awhile, I don’t want to have to move stuff when the time comes. In our basement alone, I found an old Health Rider exercise bike, a dehumidifier, hardwood flooring, and a wine picture that had been hung in our dining room. Those were just the big items. Of course I had some smaller items, but those are ones I decided I wanted to try and sell.
It never fails; any time I try to get rid of things I get wishy washy. I found a pile of clothes in the extra bedroom that I was getting rid of but felt they were worth more than a donation to Goodwill. “Oh, that is a cute top!” I thought to myself, put it down in the laundry basket and took in back into my closet. I decided that it wasn’t worth the effort to try to sell and would just keep it.
I listed all the large items on craigslist and have had a few people email me that are interested. Everything I listed was $10-15 each. Of course I’d like to make the extra money, but sometimes the thought of listing the things online creeps me out. I don’t like people coming to my house to pick up things, and I don’t want to have to drive to meet someone, so it’s almost worth just donating the items. Am I just a freak, or do you guys feel the same way? I did list a couple things on ebay; some Pottery Barn curtains that I had, and a Dooney & Bourke wristlet that I won in a contest.
I know this sounds horrible, but sometimes I feel things are “too good” for Goodwill. Mainly that they are items that I feel like I could sell (mainly name brand clothing) and feel like I’m losing money when I donate them. I’ve tried to reason with myself that I know when I find things like that at thrift stores I get really excited, so I should pass that on to someone else.
My boss’ neighborhood is having a subdivision yard sale soon and I think I may gather up some nice items and take them over to her house. I’m hoping I’ll make more than $7.40 this time! And the debate goes on…