Today, was more difficult for me than other days as I wasn’t able to find anything to sell. However, I knew that there had to be things because I remember that last month when I was supposed to go through the declutter challenge, there were many things that I did not touch, because I thought that they would make ideal items for sale. Walking into my bathroom, I happen to fixate on 5 different candle stands that had not been used in quite a while and that got me going. I decided to walk around the house further and then saw that there were four more stands, which could also be sold, because they were not really helping the decor around the house.
So here they are along with my tracking sheet for the day.
Its been three days now since my advertisements first started showing up and I have not received any responses as yet, wonder if my items have been priced too high. Anyway, will give that more thought later, for the time being I will be focusing on what is at hand and that is to continue to find stuff around the house that I can sell.
Today I found 11 items, all of them baby and toddler clothes that I believe could be sold online. That brings my grand total of stuff put up for sale to 96 with 400 more to go. This means that I have 20% of the way there to my goal.
Here are the pics and also the tracking sheet.
Today I listed four items on Kijiji. Not as many as the other days, but enough to make up today’s quota and have a surplus of one.
The items I listed were
- Black and Decker Coffee Maker (which was used only once)
- Ikea Linnamon/Adil Table
- Princess Belle Halloween Costume
- Chimp Halloween Costume
I have also listed my tracking sheet.
Today, I decided to repost many of the books that I had posted on Kijiji in the past, which were not sold. However, today, I decided that I would post them separately as fiction, non-fiction and text books.
Here’s a list of all the fiction books that I listed.
|The Sheikh’s Disobedient Bride
|The Italian’s Blackmailed Mistress
|His Royal Love Child
|The High Society Wife
|Once Upon a Prince
|His Convenient Marriage
|The King’s Bride
|For Duty’s Sake
|The Millionaire Boss’s Reluctant Mistress
|A Bride for Kolovsky
|Wife: Bought and Paid for
|In the Billionaire’s Bed
|The Lawyer’s Contract Marriage
|Wife Agaist her Will
||Janice Kay Ohinson
|How to Get Married
In total I listed 56 books for sale in four different advertisements and my tracking sheet looks quite promising.
In my past life I tried my hand at a variety of different things that did not stick with me for too long and as a result I have been left with a multitude of different things. One of the biggest and most expensive businesses that I tried to get in to in the past was the personal development industry, and I spent over $10,000 or more, and never saw any returns from it.
While I have been holding on to that material for over 5 years, in the hopes that I would be able to recover at least a part of the money, in reality I know that I will not be possible. In total I have over 25 different sets of personal development material and therefore, have decided to sell it off for less than half or sometimes even a quarter of its value. In an attempt to do the above, today I created five advertisements on Kijiji, which will sell the 25 different items either individually or in bulk.
Here’s my daily tracking calendar for the new month. Remember that I’m trying to sell 496 items this month like I did last month with the decluttering. I may not be fully successful but I hope that I will be.
This month my goal is to start selling items on Kijiji. So as with last month I will start by selling one item today, two items on the second and so on. Of course since this month only has 29 days, I might not be able to sell as many items as I would in a month with 31 days. But I’m seriously going to try. So I hope that you would also join with me and do you best to declutter, have some fun and make some money throughout the process.
Please do share what items you are looking to sell on a daily basis and also please share any hacks that you may learn or create through the process.
Since I know that I’m experiencing resistance, I tried not to push myself too hard but instead to be more creative. So, today I decided to look under my son’s bed, to see what has been hiding underneath and has not been missed in a long time. I have to say that I was lucky and was able to find a variety of different things from empty loot bags, to dollar store toys and other things that could actually be thrown out and not be missed. This I must say was quite easy when compared to what I went through yesterday and as a result I was able to find and throw out 14 items. You will see from the photo that I have not counted everything because for instance there were three sheets of stickers, which I counted as one, instead of three.
I know, I know, you might say that this is not a true declutter and yes, you are correct. But, I’m not perfect and right now it is more important for me to stick to it and create a habit of throwing out things daily rather than to find stuff that really counts. Please do share with me your creative means of staying focused.
Without further ado, here are the items that I was able to get rid of and meet my declutter goal along with the declutter tracking sheet.
Ok. So today, I’m feeling truly overwhelmed and feeling lots of resistance. I expected this to happen at some point, just not on the second day and certainly not the second day of the new year :-). Therefore, instead of trying to go above and beyond, I thought that it would be best to just do my best to throw out 2 items. I know that I’m kind of doing the bare minimum, but I thought that doing even a bit would be much better than doing nothing at all.
Get ready to laugh at me……yes, this is all that I did. But, in my defence I need to say that I did hold on to these for the longest time, thinking that I would find their match. Finally, seeing them hanging around, made me decide to throw it out.
And here’s my tracking chart for the day – looks dismal, I know. But, I’m trying to be positive.
Woo hoo, very excited about this challenge and have started off by throwing out 8 different items. Yes, some items are empty boxes that I have been holding on to thinking that I will need the box to either package and resell the item or return it to the vendor because I maybe unhappy. As a result I have ended up keeping the empty boxes for many months.
Here’s a list of the items that I threw out today along with images, and also the tracking sheet for the very first day of decluttering, 8 items gone and 488 more to be found and purged.
- Body Shop Products (Expired)
- Basket of Bath Items (Expired)
- Straightening Iron Box (Empty)
- Bath Salts (Expired)
- Bottle of Bubble Bath (Expired)
- Singer Sewing Machine Box/Gap Box
- Calculator (Plus button does not work)
- Ripped Storage Bin
Over the last few months of 2015 I have been thinking of how I can meld together my need for going minimalistic and also for being more frugal. As a result I came up with the idea that I should try short 30 day challenges, which will build up and snow ball for a month. The reason I chose to limit each challenge to a month is because I know that with my inability to focus on one thing for too long I will often get bored but when things are just set for one month at a time, I could always try to keep myself motivated.
With that in mind I have decided that I will have at least 6 challenges this year, I hoping to add more, but at this time I have only been able to think of 6 different challenges and they are as follows
January – Decluttering
February – Selling on Kijiji
March – Donating
April – Saving
May – Digital Declutter
June – Reducing Expenses
How this will work is as follows. For instance in the case of decluttering, which I’m hoping to do this month, I will start today by throwing away one item, seeing that today is the first. Then tomorrow, I will throw away two items, and on the 3rd, I will throw away 3 items. On the 4th I will look for an purge 4 items from my home and so on. Since this month has 31 days, by the 31st of January I will have purged 496 items from my house. I can’t imagine how that would feel like, could you?
Now the most important to question to ask is, can I keep up with this challenge. For instance today, since it is the first day of the challenge I’m most probably going to be able to purge more than one item, because I’m so excited. However, on the other hand by the 31st I’m likely to be just fed up with the challenge and may not be able to find 31 items to purge. So in that case, how is this going to work? What happens to the surplus that I may purge today? Well I thought that I will put them toward the number of items that I will have to purge at the end of the month.
For instance if I purge six items today, I will then count one for today and put the surplus of 5 items toward the 31 items I have to purge on the 31st. Thereby, leaving me with only 26 items to purge on the 31st instead of 31. Do you get the idea now? You may ask why not put it toward the purge that needs to be done on the 2nd and 3rd. Well yes, I can do that, but seeing that on the 2nd and 3rd and 4th, the challenge will still be new and I will be excited and also seeing that purging 2, 3 or 4 items is much easier than 31 items, I’m more likely to stick with the challenge if I can start off with the smaller number each day and gradually increase it. This will also help to form a habit, which may ultimately help me to stay focused and continue to purge.
So in the spirit of starting off this new challenge today, I have created the following tracking sheet.
I would like to hear your thoughts on my new year resolution and what you would do to customise it to suit your specific needs.