Today wraps up 10 weeks of downsizing the items in our house. I missed doing a downsize update last weekend since Sunday was Easter and I was offline enjoying it with my family. So today’s update is a two-week update – on my downsizing progress for weeks 9 and 10 – I can’t believe it’s been so long, it’s gone by so fast.
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 –
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 here – earned $160
Week 7 update here – earned zilch, nada, nothing!
Week 8 update here – earned $645!!
Week 9 and 10 update – earned $715
Year-to-date – $4,471.03
Week 9 was school conferences week – so I had my husband (a teacher) and my kids all home by mid-morning. During this time I was able to list a lot of items for sale in my local Facebook Buy, Sell and Trade group. Week 10 was a bit slower because of spring break and I was focusing my energy on spending time together as a family – for both weeks I ended up earning $715! This brings my all time total to $4,471.03 so far – I can hardly believe it!
The longer I go through this downsizing process, the more introspective I find myself – about how stuff can truly take over your home and with it bring stress and extra work. As my house becomes less cluttered I find myself relieved with every carload of stuff that finds new homes. It certainly seems like acquiring these items took a lot less effort than it does to get rid of them – which gives me great incentive to be more intentional about future purchases.
Here are some of the items I sold this week and how much money I got for them . . .
Cuisinart Grill – $70
*LOT* of Pampered Chef tools – $55
Sherpani Messenger bag – $35
Set of 3 Coleman coolers – $30
A third one, not pictured, was also included.
*NEW* Sounders men’s jersey – $20
My brother bought this for my husband for Christmas the year before last and it’s waaaay to big! It’s been sitting in our garage – and I finally sold it.
Chevron contact paper (8 rolls) – $25
*LOT* of craft supplies – $25
Sunbeam Queen-size heated blanket with dual controls – $25
*LOT* of 4 Klutz books with extras – $20
*NEW* Kamik girl’s sandals – $20
IKEA bench – $20
*NEW* Frozen Dress and magnetic dress up doll – $20
Boys Columbia winter jacket – $20
*NEW* Husky 28-piece wrench set – $15
*LOT* of Scrapbooking supplies – $15
*LOT* of beading supplies – $15
Boys BOGS boots – $15
Thirty-One Lunch box – $10
Kidkraft Wooden Cradle – $10
Pampered Chef brownie pan – $10
Set of 5 serving bowls – $10
Clorox wipes – $10
A subscribe and save order that I didn’t cancel before it shipped! I already had too many!
Sterlite storage drawers – $5
I hope to have the house listed for sale in by May – so I’m really pushing to downsize before then. In fact I have a HUGE garage sale planned for next weekend – so that’s going to be a major milestone in my downsizing journey. If I have the energy this week I’ll try and do posts about how I structure and set up my garage sales – they are usually really successful for me. And I still owe you a post on how I’m selling my items in my Facebook Buy, Sell, Trade group, too – so hopefully soon.
Next Sunday I’ll have just wrapped up my garage sale. I’ll be exhausted but I’m also hoping I’ll be RELIEVED because I’ll have sold a bunch of items. 🙂
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!