I read a while back that the average UK household contains £600 worth of stuff that is no longer required and could easily be sold.
Now it’s very annoying when someone quotes a statistic like that and cannot find the source to back it up. Sorry but, I’m going to be one of those annoying people today. I have a good idea it was an article in one of the Hubby’s finance magazines, but can I find it? Alas no. A couple of years ago I would have presumed I’d hidden it away, my opinion this morning is that it’s been enthusiastically recycled (aka chucked)!
The reason this value sticks in my head (and thus I’m confident to quote it) is that lovefoodhatewaste.com also claim the average family throw away over £600 of food each year.
£600 saved by not wasting food + £600 generated from selling unwanted stuff = £1200
Enough for a family holiday in the UK, me thinks!
We’ve been on a sorting and decluttering vibe for over 3 years now, and it still amazes me how much stuff I can find to sell. So being an ‘experiment loving gal’ I thought this year I’d tally up how much I can generate from a relatively decluttered home. I actually believe I can top £600.
eBay and I, have a love-hate relationship. I love generating cash from redundant items, but hate listing them. It’s not because it takes time. It’s rather I’m concerned about getting a really accurate description, and ensuring the person buying is fully clued up on the item. So mentally it can be draining! However, I got to it, and with much cajoling from the Hubby listed 6 items over the weekend. There are more to do.
(Baby swing now outgrown! How times flies, make the most of it!)
We also got to work on the hoard in the garage. Over the winter, as I’ve decluttered, I’ve thrown it all in a pile to be sorted and then sold at a car-boot sale. It’s planned I’ll do one this Sunday, and there’s some good stuff included.
Talking about hoarding, there’s still this to contend with. Non-saleable items. I have a little confession, despise my good intentions it still hasn’t been dealt with.
There’s a fantastic show started on Channel 4 Thursdays 9pm – The Hoarder Next Door. It’s a great watch for me, as it demonstrates to me how far I’ve come, and yet where it ultimately could have led. It makes my (now much reduced) sentimental hoard look almost innocent!
It’s when I watch shows like that, that I know I will never be a true minimalist. I like to live simply and live a slow, decluttered life, but I still like to retain some non-essential things. This is a topic that’s come up in the community recently. Robert posted this, and I took a virtual tour of Megyn’s minimal kitchen late last night (oh the beauty of the internet!). It’s a far cry from my own kitchen, which contains quite a bit of stuff, but is all used. Megyn and I do share the same Ikea dinner service however, although different colours.
I’ll be checking back in with my cash generated totals as I continue to get rid of stuff. Wish I had a Blue Peter Total-o-meter to keep track of my progress!
Any plans to start selling yourself? Please share how you are planning to do it, and what targets you may have set yourself…
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