Friday, September 3, 2010

Clutter of the Uncluttering

I seem to have caught myself in a clutter spiderweb. I have been furiously decluttering my house & getting rid of "stuff"-- only I haven't gotten rid of anything. Instead it has all been boxed up and until tonight, clogging up our already cramped dining room. Now, because company is coming, it has been relegated to neat stacks against one wall of our already cramped bedroom (anyone sensing a theme???).

This begs the question: if I'm trying to get rid of stuff, why am I hanging on to it?

It is still hanging around the house because, initially, I planned to have a yard sale & then donate whatever was left; however, the more I think about it, the more I realized that I don't have the time, energy or desire that it takes to have a really successful yard sale. Also, with only 730 sq ft of living space, we have little-to-no room to store all this stuff while waiting for yard sale day to arrive.

In an effort to sell the stuff without having a yard sale, I tried posting items individually on Craigslist. This method got me a few nibbles on my items and I actually sold one set of bakeware; however, most of my postings went unnoticed and unsold. So now what?

In a flash of 3 a.m. insomnia fuelled brilliance, I decided to create the "Make Me an Offer" cyber-yard sale. I posted a new Craigslist ad, including a link to my flickr photostream of the same name AND I posted the flickr photostream to my Facebook. Basically, the premise is this: I post up photos of the items along with a description and it is up to the interested party to tell me what he/she is willing to pay for said item. If I like their offer, I'll accept. If I don't, I won't. In all honesty, no offer is likely to be refused because I've decided if the original items haven't cleared out by the end of the week, I'm just going to take them to Goodwill, but continue to update and repost my cyber-yard sale.

Hopefully this works! If not, at least we'll have some hefty donations to put on our taxes this year!

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