With a goal of 365 items, downsizing one item a day over a one year period, has proven to be more difficult than I imagined. With the exception of my garage, there’s just not much left to downsize in my house. When I open a cabinet or a drawer, thinking I might be able to find some things I’m not using anymore, I’m rarely able to find anything. This is good, as I don’t have a lot of clutter and a lot of stuff, but on the other hand, I still have 214 items to go.
Now I still have a lot in my garage. Way less than I had a few months ago, but still way more than I need. The problem with that right now is the heat. It’s too hot to clean anything out, as my garage faces west. It’s a sauna x3.
At 150 items, here’s some financial info… that makes me want to cry. Think we don’t spend a lot on stuff we don’t need? Take a look at this.
If I bought these 150 items right now at the store, full price, it would cost me $12,320.36.
I paid $8,523.89 for these items, mostly shopping second hand and discount stores.
I didn’t sell much, as I gave most of it away. I have made $180.00, with an estimated potential of $1,487.00. Best case scenario, my stuff depreciated by 88%!! If this isn’t a reality check, I don’t know what is.
Wow. Even I’m astonished at these numbers. Even though I’ve had much of this stuff for many years, it’s still a disturbing snapshot of how much money I can waste. Have you ever added up how much money you’ve spent like this? If so, please share.
The 3 most difficult things to part with so far