Sunday, June 22, 2008

Clutter -- The Constant Battle

I think I spend more time complaining about all my clutter than just about anything else. It seems like the more I work on it, the more it grows. I have tried the "hot spot" method, but obviously either A) I am not a good fire fighter or B) my family is better at starting fires than I am at putting them out. Hmmmm, if B is true, then so is A.

I have no idea how it all happens. I basically only shop for coupon-related purposes. It is really hard for your husband to complain when you are filling the pantry. Also, I found the best way to save money is to not spend it. This can sometimes be a down side, because I find that occassionally I don't have something that I really could use. I rarely ever shop for clothing for myself, instead inheriting hand-me-downs from my 22-year-old sister, who is a college student (can't ya see me running around in "Smokey Joe's" t-shirts???)

However, I have found that somehow things just seem to accumulate. It is aggravating that people want to be friendly and donate items to me and my household, but sometimes people do not realize that thier gifts are cumbersome and inhibiting. Which, in turn, has made me realize that I will never "gift" anyone else with a box of items that they might could use. If I couldn't use them, what makes me think someone else can?

Ok, back to my clutter. So, the eternal question is: Do you donate or yard sale it? I yard sale/flea market so much these days, I honestly don't know if I have the energy to squeeze one more in. In the short time that I am off I will be having 5, yes five, sales. three yard sales, two flea markets = five days out of my short time off. So I am thinking donating may be the way to go.

What do you do with your clutter cast-offs? Donate, Freecycle, Craigslist, Ebay or Yardsale? Any other ideas? Do tell!


Lindsay said...

I just had my first yard sale, and I was very pleased with the results. I'm a SAHM, so this was money I didn't have before. I plan to donate the things I didn't sell. I think I might try out Craigslist or eBay in the future to see what can happen. I think my new philosophy is to see what I can sell first, and then donate what I can't. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I have a yard sale every year. I sell anything that I haven't used in a year or more and sometimes donate the leftovers. I have a policy of not buying anything I don't need since my home is pretty much decorated already. However, it's pretty amazing that I still am able to find things to sell every year. I keep my household things very organized and whenever I have an item that I don't need anymore, I price it and it goes to the garage for the sale. I price as I go so that the sale preparation goes much smoother. At the end of the sale I end up with good vacation money! :)

Chile said...

Craigslist and yard sale. I rarely have anything valuable enough to hassle with ebay and shipping. It's very important to keep moving the clutter out of the home. How else would we ever make room for the new batch of clutter?! ;-)

stephanie said...

here, we have a "cheapcycle" group. It is like "freecycle" only you sell the items. It is sort of like a virtual yard sale. I like it. For one, you can list things AS YOU FIND THEM instead of tucking them in a room or garage somewhere for whenever you find time to have a yard sale. If anyone is interested in the items, they contact you and come by AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. Whatever I don't sell, I then list on freecycle. If that doesn't work, then I donate it to a shelter or goodwill. :)