I’ve an admission.
Remember the Spring Sale 2012?
It started 8th May. Just over 12 months ago.
My aim – to generate £600 through the sale of unwanted, unloved, unneeded things.
I failed. A recent tally, to date, shows the actual amount generated was just over £500.
Why did I fail? The theory behind the experiment was sound, in my opinion. I’d read that the average household contained £600 of saleable items.
I’d agree with that figure as I know this household most certainly did, and even now most certainly does…
The failure I believe is due to getting caught up in the mechanics of it all.
Too much thought being given to when, where and how to sell the item. Even, I’d suggest, a covert method of hoarding?
I have hoarding tendencies without a doubt. The sale allowed me opportunity to procrastinate over the elimination of an item by moving it to a holding (aka hoarding) area to then deliberate over the correct method in which to generate income from the item.
Getting caught up in the mechanics.
In addition to failing to meet my goal, I now also have a hoard. In which I am unsure exactly what there is within it, and the garage has seen a stuff invasion, a hostile occupation of things.
The problem I now have is that the mound looks impressive. It looks valuable as if treasures are buried inside. The thought of squeezing the maximum amount of monetary return from the mountain is immensely appealing.
Had it not been allowed to grow its imagined potential would be less.
We learn by our mistakes. It’s good to have a goal, but wrong to lose focus. Elimination of redundant items was the primary goal – the generation of income, a benefit of reaching that goal – I got confused.
Here I am again with the Spring Sale 2013. Yes, I will be holding one as I have in 2012 and 2011. But my main objective – to reduce stuff- will be first and foremost in my line of sight.
It’ll be interesting to see whether my total £ reached is higher than this years, when I concentrate on the job at hand rather than getting distracted? We’ll see.
Meet me here again 31st July? No year-long sale, this time. Short and sharp. Time to get the job done.
How’s it going selling your end?