Trinkets Not Treasures

Have I mentioned before I’m not a fan of housework? There’s a good reason they are called chores.

To make the mundane tasks more bearable I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books through YouTube.

Yesterday I was plugged into a Jim Rohn seminar. Although I wasn’t just doing chores, I was in fact decluttering with vigour.

After all I set myself (& you!) a challenge. To make £600 (or $ or any other denomination) by selling unwanted stuff hanging round the home.

Here’s last weeks post that kicked it off.

While decluttering – approx. 3 hours into Jim’s wise words he told a story:

Some children asked their 40-year-old dad ‘why are we not rich?’

Their father replied “”I spent it in small daily pieces and I didn’t know it was going to mount up to be a fortune.”
“I spent our fortune on non-essentials somehow they got to me with all the trinkets – I didn’t know what a price it was going to pay.”

This story really hit home. Particularly as he continued to talk about how children should spend a dollar. I was decluttering the Kids toys at this point. To hear his thoughts on this click here.

Jim Rohn QuoteIt made me think. It’s since inspired me to re-evaluate how we do things at Chez Wright, I’m spot on at consciously spending, personally, but I may need to guide the Kids a little better. There’ll be more on this topic soon.

I’m continuing to declutter, and I’m finding lot’s of trinkets to sell, and lots of other items that were needed – but are not any longer. No cash generated yet – this is the preparation stage before the ball gets rolling.

How is your 600 challenge going Guys? Please keep us all posted. We can do this together!

(discovered that #600challenge is being used by lot’s of people getting into shape so I’m using #£600challenge instead.)

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  • Thismummylark July 7, 2015, 9:45 pm

    Ive been thinking recently where is all my money going i havent made any large purchases, i looked at my statement and its littke bits that have mounted up..drinks here…lunch there etc but its hard not to spend something everyday although im trying. I would like treasure over trinkets.

    • Simply Being Mum July 10, 2015, 4:28 pm

      It’s easily done. When I listened to Jim talk about this it reminded me just how important it is to avoid these unnecessary purchases. It’s not about deprivation its about being mindful!

  • Sharron July 10, 2015, 3:17 pm

    Gosh i love that saying. In other words stop spending your money on rubbish cos your missing out on the really good things. That’s kinda what i told my kids, if you want to go to florida there’s no spending money on unesseary stuff, So eloquiently said.

    My totals 5 items sold= net profit £74.15, off to a good start i feel 🙂

    Sharron x

  • Jenn S. July 26, 2015, 2:17 am

    Thank you for this phrase! We went to the aquarium this week and had to go through the gift shop to exit the building. My 10 year old started telling me about the things she could buy there. I told her, “If you spend all your money on trinkets, you’ll never have enough for treasures.” She agreed and the usual argument and pouting were avoided!

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