Over the course of a lifetime, one person can accumulate a shocking amount of stuff. Not all of that stuff is needed, but we collect it anyway. In fact, in the United States, we have an entire business industry that thrives on the idea that we buy too much and need to store it somewhere so that we can buy more stuff. Likewise, other businesses capitalize on the idea that we have to organize and put away our massive amounts of stuff; stores dedicated entirely to selling containers and shelves exist for the needs of the masses. But- what if you could get rid of everything?
Sounds ludicrous to many, but do to a recent push toward minimalism, this is a trend that has become somewhat more common with the rising costs of renting moving vans, buying packing materials, and the effort that it takes to pack it all up and move out, then right back in to a new location. While it’s most common when moving across the nation, any even adopt the “sell it all” mentality when moving across town or to a neighboring city. Another reason people may decide to get rid of their stuff if they need to relocate to a foreign country. Going overseas can severely limit the amount of boxes and furniture that should be packed up and shipped, plus costs can become astronomicalBefore deciding whether this idea is crazy, genius, or crazy genius, let’s take a look at what it actually means to get rid of everything, what sorts of things may be worth saving, and different ways to allow for nostalgia without it becoming too much of a hindrance.
It’s important to have a game plan before beginning on this type of a journey because it can be overwhelming. Additionally, if you tackle blindly in the direction of getting rid of everything, then change your mind part of the way into the process, it can be equally stressful to figure out what to replace and when. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this process is going to be a walk in the park. It can be draining both physically and emotionally, however, it can be incredibly freeing once everything is sold, plus financially it could be a great step toward bigger dreams. Try running the numbers for yourself to see if decluttering and repurchasing everything- including furniture- is cost effective for your move. Make sure to include the approximated dollar amounts at which you could sell your larger ticket items. This will help in those frustrating moments when you feel like giving up.
One suggestion often made is to make a list of what to sell and when. Obviously, it’s important to keep the things that will be used frequently before the move. This list can include things like the mattresses you sleep on, a television, a microwave, etc. It can be hard to decide what to sell since so many items in our lives hold the key to unlock memories. Nostalgia plays a big role in our lives and it may surprise you while you are going through this cleansing process just how many connections have been made with almost everything in the house. The more you begin to sell things, the easier it may be to part with things that you never thought you would want to part with, so don’t worry if the first sweep through the house leaves a lot of things still in your possession. Over time, you may find that you can part with the objects you couldn’t at first.
Another thing to consider prior to starting on this adventure is how much stuff you are willing to bring with you. If you aren’t wanting to hire a moving van, then take the time to set a reasonable amount of boxes that you are willing to ship or pack in the car and don’t allow yourself to go over that amount. Not only will this help to ensure that you are only packing the essentials, it will also make it possible to calculate the amount of money that you will need to spend on the move more accurately.
After going through everything, it’s a good idea to look up the costs of items that may be more valuable. There are many ways to sell your things, but some items may sell better on different platforms. For example- Facebook and Instagram are good ways to let others peruse your objects for sale from the comfort of their own home. This may be better for smaller things such as books, small appliances, clothing pieces, etc. Larger things, such as furniture, will likely sell better on sites like Craigslist and with newspaper ads, though they can also be sold on social media. Taking the time to do a bit of research about the different things you will have for sale can potentially generate more interest and therefore can bring in a higher dollar amount.
You will likely be impressed by just how much money you can earn by selling all of your things. It’s an amazing feeling to be free of all of the things that clutter the home and take up space, only to be used once and moved from place to place for the rest of time. If you are planning a move in the near future, consider starting fresh. It’ll open your eyes and free up your mind in ways you can’t imagine, plus in your new home, you’ll get to purchase only the things that will make you happy.