Less stuff, more possibilities.

Nothing’s sold on Amazon so far, but from experience of my previous sales, I’ve sold 30+ books over the year, that seems fairly normal.  Over the last few days we collected every piece of potentially saleable scrap metal we could find, I even went through our recycling bin for anything aluminium.  Today my husband got a lift from our future son in law and we got £29.20 for it. That’s a useful sum of money.  Next in line is start putting items on Ebay as it’s free listing this weekend.

My husband really enjoyed the experience of collecting all our scrap metal together, seeing what we had that we could sell. One super plus was that he felt more upbeat when he saw how much space he’d freed up. He felt that there was potential to do things to bring in money now he had more space.  It’s something I’ve noticed a lot as I’ve cleared things out.  More things seem possible when you’re not overburdened by stuff.

As long as you’re leaving I’m happy.

There are many ways to proceed towards minimalism. Over at The Minimalists for example,  Joshua had a gradual process followed by a leap. For Ryan however, it was one giant leap, starting with a packing party.

http://www.theminimalists.com/21days/day3/

I find the packing party a really attractive proposition, but given my circumstances,  it’s  not realistically achievable . The family are not exactly on the same page as me, so I’m dealing purely with my stuff.  I also have health issues that mean taking on big projects isn’t possible. Every large project has to broken up into do-able chunks.

So here I am, moving towards minimalism by  degrees. But it’s very easy to drift  and lose sight of the goal this way.  So I have a pact with myself that every day, as long as  something leaves the house, or is prepared for leaving the house such as being put on sale, I’m happy.  Every day when I go through my stuff my mantra is, as long as you’re leaving I’m happy.