A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published December 23rd 2012
Earn cash and peace of mind by selling your junk
Now that we have managed to survive yet another apocalypse, it is time to rid ourselves of the old and clear our path for the new. And no, I'm not talking about the dreaded New Years Resolutions that people struggle to keep. I'm talking about our physical belongings, the clutter lying around in our living spaces. If you are not convinced, see below for five reasons why de-cluttering should be a priority this New Year.
1) De-clutter to allow creative energy to flow We file our documents away in the workspace because it gives us space to think and to allow creative energy to flow. This follows the basic premise of feng shui, a chinese system of geomancy where harmony and balance is restored through the strategic placement of objects. I am no feng shui expert but rationally, it makes logical sense that our environment affects our mood and the way we think. I feel lighter when I am in a clean space and ideas flow to me more freely as well. So use 2013 as your second chance to clear your household and your mind for new and better things.
2) Becoming a minimalist is trendyThe art of minimalism is starting to make a comeback, with contemporary interior design advocating sleek, clean lines; where less is more. The less items you have, the easier it is to clean which creates less work for you and more time for other fun experiences like enjoying the many events held in the community.
De-cluttering may give you such a huge sense of satisfaction that you may learn to enjoy living with less material items. Instead, you may be able to use the money you would have spent on the latest furniture and technology on experiences with your loved ones. Research shows that people tend to remember positive experiences more than the results of a shopping spree. If you save enough money, you may even be able to "buy back time" by working less and spending more time with your family. By not giving into material temptations, you may find that you can afford to take a few non-pay leave days here and there after your have exhausted your annual leave days.
4) Move in a heartbeat
If you are renting, you are probably used to moving around quite a bit either because your landlord increased the rent substantially or they want you to move out so they can sell the house. If you own your own house, sometimes job opportunities appear in other countries/states and you may not be so lucky to have your employer pay for a removalist. If you have less clutter, you won't have to break your back moving large boxes. You may be exercising those biceps, but be prepared for an agonising recovery period the next day when heaven comes in the form of massages. If you want to embrace a minimalist lifestyle whole-heartedly, some people only have enough belongings to fit a suitcase. They tend to rent fully-furnished places and they are ready to seize any last-minute travel opportunities that come up. If you have ever travelled with just a backpack or done a gap year anywhere overseas, you are more than prepared with the necessary skills to de-clutter and live with less.
5) Earn money by selling your unwanted items One person's junk may be another person's treasure. There are many ways you can sell your unwanted items; either through classifieds such as Gumtree or supermarket noticeboards, through Facebook marketplace, garage sales or online auctions such as Ebay or specific niche online forums. At one of the places I lived at, we had to furnish the home ourselves so we bought everything from garage sales. When the time came to move states, we had no qualms in selling the whole lot because it did not cost us full price to begin with. There is a huge sense of freedom when you stop becoming attached to your things. Leave the sentimentalism to little items such as photographs and special gifts. Who knows, you may even make enough money to pay for a relaxing holiday by the beach!