***Jill’s ‘letting go’ Diary***
This is part of a series of posts (ordered by Dated Titles) where I am recording my thoughts and emotions as we tackle getting rid of all of our possessions. From the day that I came up with this idea, to sell everything and travel the world, I have recorded my thoughts on certain days where I feel like writing. These are real time, and not edited (except for grammatical corrections.)
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of selling, sorting, purging.
We have made roughly $1800 since making the decision to sell everything on January 11th. And the crazy thing is that we STILL haven’t really sold anything that has any sort of major sentimental value, or feels like we are really separating from something important. To top it off, we have only sold a couple of things that are near the $100 mark. Everything else has been bits and pieces, $5, $10, $20 items. Each day I am either delivering items, or having people pick up items, and quite often I am left at the end of the day with anywhere from $30-$100 in my hand. So far, I have only been selling on Facebook. I have been posting things on our local buy/sell pages, but have also created an album right on my personal Facebook Page that lists items and prices. This has been the most effective amongst my friends. I actually think that it would be a good idea for EVERYBODY to have something like this on their timeline, so that you can have a constant way to turn things over, and hand them off to friends that need certain things. Maybe an app idea for someone that is tech savy??
I have adopted the habit of listening to the “The Minimalist” pod cast while I’m sorting through things, and have found that it is very encouraging and really helps me to stay focused while digging through items. I learned the other day that the average household has on average, $5000 – $15 000 worth of “things” within it’s walls. They referenced some different websites and wellness coaches that have challenges for people that are looking to pay of debt, or rid themselves of clutter. For example, one in particular challenges people to raise $20 000 in one year, just by selling things on Kijiji or Craig’s List.
A couple months ago, I would have never thought that this was possible. But I am here to tell you that your stuff has value! It is pretty amazing how quickly you can raise a bit of money, by just de-cluttering and putting the time and energy into doing it right.
In fact, the Minimalists advice through this process, in particular to paying off debt, is to have “Laser Focus.” I have realized that Laser Focus is needed to maintain the momentum. Even if for one night I start to think that it’s too hard, or that I’m too tired to keep doing this, I start to feel the pull backwards into a place of lethargy and laziness. It’s too easy to just sink back into that feeling of hopelessness and despair.
And so, we have definitely gotten “laser focused” on getting rid of stuff, NOT spending money, and paying off our debt as fast as possible. Neither of us have been drinking alcohol, we don’t go out for meals, we don’t grab coffees, or lunches on the go. We enter a grocery store with a certain amount of cash (usually acquired from selling the ‘stuff’), and don’t spend more than what we have. All of our purchases are discussed, and everything is done intentionally.
Laser Focus is how we will get this done. Laser Focus will free us from that which burdens us. And most importantly, Laser Focus will help us to achieve our dream!