Simply Being Mum’s £600 Summer Challenge

Last week I posted about how on average a UK family may have around £600 of unwanted but saleable items in their home.

Click here to read that post.

Now the source of that fact is eluding me. I know I read it in a financial magazine in 2012, but can I find it? Alas no.

The source however isn’t important. I have a figure in mind, and that sounds like a challenge to me. Do I have £600 of stuff in my home I do not need. Do I actually have more than that?

Now I’m an extrovert (in the true sense of the word in that being in the company of others works for me – not that I like to be the centre of attention as it’s commonly misconstrued). I’m going to enjoy this challenge much more with company. Will you join me?

There aren’t any rules, it’s not that kind of challenge.

I’m limiting the time frame for myself because September is going to be a big month for The Wrights (remember the bad news bomb?) – and I’d like my challenge completed by 31st August as my head may be elsewhere afterward. But there’s no time frame for you. Do what suits you.

Also it does not have to be a £600 challenge, it could be a $600 challenge.

Keeping it simple to kick off I’m going to explain what I will be doing from today, and then I’ll check back in every Wednesday with my progress, and probably some tales to tell along the way!

You are very much encouraged to come by each Wednesday and talk about how you are getting on and tell your own stories. In fact I would love that. It will be fun.

1st July 2015 – I’m starting at £0. Over the next couple of days I am going to start decluttering once more to find these items we do not need. Then I will a) list them on ebay or b) box them up for an imminent car-boot-sale. I’m sure you’ll see me out and about on social media tagging myself!

And remember this isn’t just about the money. I’ll be decluttering and donating items to charity along the way also. It’s about reduction of clutter also. Win-Win.

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Are you in?

 

 

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  • downmyfront July 1, 2015, 5:58 pm

    Yes. I’m in. I have too much stuff and not enough cash. I am a buyer on ebay but never a seller…there’s a challenge. I do love a car boot and could manage one or two of them I am sure!

  • downmyfront July 1, 2015, 5:58 pm

    Yes. I’m in. I have too much stuff and not enough cash. I am a buyer on ebay but never a seller…there’s a challenge. I do love a car boot and could manage one or two of them I am sure!

  • Sharron July 1, 2015, 6:26 pm

    YAY! A pair of boots sold overnight on ebay, first £20 in the bag 🙂 Mines the 1st of December, i’m going ‘gift neutral’ in other words i’m only spending what i earn through decluttering. And to be honest £600 more than covers gifts food etc. This week i plan on recycling a mobile and i pod for cash aswell as some more ebay listings. Mucho excited 🙂

    Sharron x

    • Simply Being Mum July 3, 2015, 11:34 am

      Love it Sharron! You’re on a roll already! ‘Gift neutral’ like it – keep us posted…

  • Sharron July 1, 2015, 6:26 pm

    YAY! A pair of boots sold overnight on ebay, first £20 in the bag 🙂 Mines the 1st of December, i’m going ‘gift neutral’ in other words i’m only spending what i earn through decluttering. And to be honest £600 more than covers gifts food etc. This week i plan on recycling a mobile and i pod for cash aswell as some more ebay listings. Mucho excited 🙂

    Sharron x

    • Simply Being Mum July 3, 2015, 11:34 am

      Love it Sharron! You’re on a roll already! ‘Gift neutral’ like it – keep us posted…

  • Clare July 1, 2015, 11:05 pm

    I started at the end of May and have so far made just over $100, but I have more stuff to list this morning (though it’s a slight cheat, some of it is old stuff from my parents move…) I am most amazed by how easy it is to shift stamps! My Dad used to work for the post office and they would gift them first day covers and presentation packs. They are so easy to sell! I may not be a collector of anything, but I am glad collectors exist 😉
    Good luck and enjoy the heat!!!

    • Catherine Dangerfield July 2, 2015, 2:29 pm

      I’m in too! Started to sort through stuff I have packed away in the cellar and loft!
      Haven’t used ebay for selling stuff either so that’s a challenge I’m going to face with a little help from my teenager daughter.
      Excited to get started, thanks for this Jo you are always a great motivator.

    • Simply Being Mum July 3, 2015, 11:35 am

      Stamps do sell. I know. My wedding china’s on my list of things to go. The Hubby said ‘no’ to getting rid of my wedding ring.

    • Simply Being Mum July 3, 2015, 11:35 am

      Think my reply went below oops

  • Clare July 1, 2015, 11:05 pm

    I started at the end of May and have so far made just over $100, but I have more stuff to list this morning (though it’s a slight cheat, some of it is old stuff from my parents move…) I am most amazed by how easy it is to shift stamps! My Dad used to work for the post office and they would gift them first day covers and presentation packs. They are so easy to sell! I may not be a collector of anything, but I am glad collectors exist 😉
    Good luck and enjoy the heat!!!

    • Catherine Dangerfield July 2, 2015, 2:29 pm

      I’m in too! Started to sort through stuff I have packed away in the cellar and loft!
      Haven’t used ebay for selling stuff either so that’s a challenge I’m going to face with a little help from my teenager daughter.
      Excited to get started, thanks for this Jo you are always a great motivator.

    • Simply Being Mum July 3, 2015, 11:35 am

      Stamps do sell. I know. My wedding china’s on my list of things to go. The Hubby said ‘no’ to getting rid of my wedding ring.

    • Simply Being Mum July 3, 2015, 11:35 am

      Think my reply went below oops

  • Meryl July 3, 2015, 11:49 am

    Ooh, count me in… I think! We have already ‘decluttered’ our house a great deal over the last few years and it feels as if there isn’t much left that we could get rid of. But I am tempted to see how much there really is! My one hesitation is that we tend to give most of our unwanted possessions away and I quite like that.

  • Meryl July 3, 2015, 11:49 am

    Ooh, count me in… I think! We have already ‘decluttered’ our house a great deal over the last few years and it feels as if there isn’t much left that we could get rid of. But I am tempted to see how much there really is! My one hesitation is that we tend to give most of our unwanted possessions away and I quite like that.

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