I’m not a Hoarder, but I gotta get rid of this *stuff*
Have you ever looked around your house and all the stuff you’ve accumulated and decided to get rid of it?
We’re doing that ourselves. Since the house is on the market and it’s a buyer’s market, we want to do everything we can to make our house the one that everybody wants.
And then the Christchurch Earthquake made it even more important. Pictures of my friends houses with stuff everywhere, after it was shaken from the shelves, dropped out of cupboards, and fallen out of drawers (and the consequent need for my friends to abandon it all) made me realise that living with less stuff is healthier, too.
The last big cleanout we had was when we moved to New Zealand. I used to be a huge packrat. But the move made me let go of a lot of the childhood stuff I was holding onto. So really, it’s not like my house looks like something from Hoarders. Seven years and two children later, however, I’ve got more stuff than I need.
When I had a serious look around this week, I realised I don’t need *most* of the stuff in my house. I probably use less than half of it in any week, and maybe another one or two percent for special occasions like Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and having dinner parties.
I started picking through all the extras with the idea of getting rid of it. But this thingamabob over here, seriously, nobody’s gonna want. And that one, where do I even start? That thing might be good for a garage sale. That one could go on TradeMe.
It’s such a huge effort.
Then I thought of some of my favourite RPG games, where the characters get to go into the stores and sell their extra stuff. Got an extra Leather Armour +3? No prob. One click, and it’s gone.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could do the same thing? Think of the benefits.
1. You’d know exactly how much a thing was worth.
2. You could get rid of it from the comfort of your own home.
3. You wouldn’t have to worry that you wouldn’t get paid, or that the buyer was some weirdo casing your house.
4. It would be gone immediately!! No packaging, no fuss.
5. You’d have the money right then and there.
Yes, I think this is a fantastic idea. Unfortunately, it’s not a reality. So I’m just going to have to get rid of this stuff the old fashioned way. Hard work.
What do you do to get rid of your stuff and stopping more stuff from getting in?