Last Sunday I shared that I’m on a mission called Project Downsize and the purpose is to get rid as much stuff as possible in my home – to remove clutter, to simplify our lives.
I’m doing this for two reasons:
- We have plans to move this summer and instead of upgrading to a bigger, better house, we plan to dramatically reduce our square footage. We aren’t being forced to do this – it’s a choice. We want to spend less on our next “home” so that we can focus more on things we love and value – like travel.
- I want to own my stuff and not have it own me. Ultimately I only want to keep the items that a.) serve a purpose and b.) that bring me joy.
I set a very LOFTY February goal is to earn $2,000 in February selling items in my home on Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. It’s been exactly one week and I’m excited for my progress!
PROGRESS THIS WEEK:
- Listed about 40 used books on Amazon
- SOLD 21 used books on Amazon earning about $208.16
- Listed about 15 items from around my house on Craigslist and local FB Buy, Sell, Trade group
- SOLD 11 items from around my house, earning about $340
TOTAL earned this week by downsizing = $548.16
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS WEEK:
1.) Setting a monthly monetary goal – After I set the goal of $2,000 last week I started having second thoughts. Had I set the goal too high? Was I really going to be able to do this? But I think that number motivated me to ask more for my items than I would have if I didn’t have a monetary goal in mind. I think setting a monetary goal gives you purpose besides getting rid of items – which means you’ll think about about the VALUE of your items and try to earn a more fair value for them.
2.) Craigslist was a BUST, Facebook was a HIT – I listed about five items on Craigslist last Sunday and it was nothing but CRICKETS. Hello, anyone there?! But after lots of recommendations from readers, I listed those same items, and the same prices, in my local Facebook Buy, Sell, Trade group. Holy Guacamole did we get some action – within literally minutes of posting! I sold everything through the FB group and Craigslist turned up to be a deserted island of stuff.
3.) I started with the big stuff – With so many options for downsizing, I decided the first week I’d pick off the low hanging fruit. The things that were the biggest space-wise – that would make the biggest difference in space and clutter. If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed – this might be a good place to start.
4.) I LOVE how much cleaner my house feels – I still have a long way to go, but even the initial purge this week made a difference in the way my house feels. Even my kids and husband noticed the cleaner spaces and everyone seemed pleased with the progress! It’s definitely motivating me to keep going.
SOME OF THE ITEMS I SOLD:
To give you an idea of the things I’m selling and how much I’m earning from each item, I thought I’d share a few of the items I sold this week.
Green vintage desk – $35
IKEA Poang Chair – $25
IKEA Corner Bathroom Shelf – $30
NEW Princess Dolls and Barbies (LOT) – $50
Selling my gift closet! These I bought last holiday season to stock up my gift closet, but I’m cleaning that out – so they had to go.
IKEA shelf and wicker basket – $40
Entryway Bench – $35
ECR4Kids Storage Cart – $35
Blue chairs, set of four – $20
I had bought these last spring at Goodwill – with plans to recover them. It never happened. They’ve been hanging out in my garage this whole time.
Melissa & Doug Shopping cart – $25
This is a great example of selling items online versus at a garage sale. I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t have gotten more than $5 for this shopping cart at a garage sale – but by selling online I was able to get $25. It goes for $60 new, so this is a fair price and people know that (especially when you link to new item online for comparison)
Princess wagon, new – $15
Blank cards and photo squares – $10
I have a bunch of other items to list, but my brother came into town Thursday – so I only listed items Monday thru Wednesday. I’ll get started listing more items tonight and tomorrow to kick off this next week right.
Earlier this week I shared a tutorial on How to Sell Used Books on Amazon – I heard from a few of you that listed books within minutes of reading the post and some of you even SOLD items already. Great job!
Here are some of the books I sold and how much I made (before shipping and envelope cost):
The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook $18.55
Momofuku – $18.06
Home Made – $16.58
The River Cottage Preserves Handbook – $10.70
You might be wondering where I got all these cookbooks – most all of these I acquired for FREE. When I refer readers to sites like Rue La La or Zulily, I get referral credits – or credit to spend on these sites. Since I could care less about fashion (the primary products offered on these sites), I would almost always use my credits on cookbooks – my guilty pleasure. I also love to buy used books from Goodwill – so my initial investment in these books is minimal.
This next week I hope to continue this progress and hopefully make another $500 by selling items from my home and garage! This week I also hope to provide you with a tutorial for selling items through Facebook or Craigslist.
I’ll provide another downsizing update next Sunday.
If you’re joining me for Project Downsize – I’d love to hear what you got rid of this week! Pick a goal for this week and share it here, please!