Our Downsizing 101 Series is wrapping up today with a final post on what to do with all the stuff you no longer need. As you declutter and minimize, it is important to have a good plan for what to do with all that leftover stuff. Here are some options for you to consider:
Motivation – Money for your travels! We did use Craigslist a few times, but to be honest, we aren’t sold on its security. Our experience went fine, but we do think you should be aware of its downsides.
What worked great for us was selling our yard equipment (chainsaw, riding mower) and a lot of our big furniture items to the couple buying our home. That won’t work for everyone, but there is no harm in asking. We made them a list of items with prices we thought were fair, and they said yes to every single one. We saved time and money by not marketing all these items individually and not having to move or deliver them. It is a great place to start if you are selling your home.
I have never tried to sell anything on Ebay, but you certainly could try it. Just know that this process will add some extra steps, as you will be dealing with getting paid electronically and shipping.
Also, you may consider an auction. We knew a couple who had answered the call to become missionaries, so they did one big auction of their home and everything in it. It worked very well for them.
If you are having trouble selling your items, then our best advice is to move on to option two. Do not get stuck in a pattern of thinking that items are worth more than someone is willing to pay for them. Most items, you will not get your money back or what you think it is worth in resale – that is life. Be grateful for what you can sell and move on. If you need to, re-read our post on The Emotional Side of Downsizing – it may just be the little extra bit of motivation to help you with your sell pile.
Motivation – Your stuff meets another’s needs! We donate things often, but when looking at a large quantity of donations, it is nice to have a one-stop opportunity where you can take all of your items at one time. For us, this was our church, which held a “Free For All” each year. Our church did not sell the items, just gave them away for free, which is what we liked. We wanted people to have our items free and clear.
Check with your Salvation Army and local churches for places that accept all types of goods. I know the Salvation Army will even schedule a pick-up for you and send people to pick-up furniture and the like.
We also use the collection bins for clothing and small items that you may find in church parking lots. We choose to use Community Aid bins, and you can check out which items Community Aid accepts here.
Motivation – Let go! Inevitably, you will have items that are not in donation condition and need to trashed. Please recycle what you can and dispose of items properly. If you have large items, call your local dump, and they can give you prices and the process for dumping. We have done it lots of times with all of the renovations we have done through the years, and it is a pretty simple process and usually not too expensive.
Know of other places that accept donations? Or easy ways to sell items? Let us know in the comments!
Hope you enjoyed our Downsizing 101 Series! Remember, hold on to your motivation and passion. The open road is waiting for you, and so are we!