If you missed it earlier, here is why we are downsizing:
- 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.
Downsizing progress to date – February was an amazing month and we earned $2,564 by selling items around our house. You can see those updates here:
Week 1 update here – earned $548.16
Week 2 update here – earned $1,283.47
Week 3 update here – earned $432.40
Week 4 update here – earned $300
Week 5 update here – earned $395
Week 6 update – earned $160
Year-to-date – $3,119.03
After a slow start to the month (read about week 5 here), this week was definitely an improvement! I was able to make two substantial donations. . .
I was able to a large box of food and non-perishable foods to the Thurston County Food Bank earlier this week. They were very grateful for the donations.
I was able to donate a couple bags of paper towels, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, baby wipes (Costco packages) and other toiletries to SafePlace, a local women’s shelter. They were also so happy to receive donations.
In addition to donating items, I also continue to list items for sale in my local Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade group and I was able to move more items this week.
Some of the items I sold this week ::
I didn’t do a very good job taking photos of things this week. I sold some items impromptu and so photos weren’t necessary.
Sold all our extra firewood to our neighbor. We had previously used this in our woodstove, but won’t need it when we move – so this was an easy solution. Earn $50.
Sold wooden playhouse in backyard – $50
Sold kid’s wooden table and chairs – $30
Big lot of Christmas decorations and wrap – $30
This adds up to $160 in sales this week. Not too shabby for not listing much in the FB group and putting a lot of effort into it. This brings my total downsizing earnings to $3,119.03. I have a big pile of stuff to list for sale this next week and hope to get it out of here!
My garage is looking much less cluttered. This week we had the furnace installed and I was so happy that the garage was organized (and cleaned out) enough that I didn’t have move anything around for the work crew!
Check back next Sunday for my next update – hopefully I’ll be able to donate and sell more items this week!
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!