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I’ve mentioned this a few times already, but I’ll say it again. This year has been the year of “meh”. Nothing particularly awesome happened, lots of really crappy stuff did happen, and there was a ton of disappointments and letdowns peppered in between. It started in January and just snowballed from there. I’m not really one to complain about hard times, but by August, I was really ready to do anything I could to change the trajectory of our situation.
And I did.
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I can’t say if what I did had a karmic reaction, if I did something to adjust my feng shui, or if it was all coincidental, but the minute I took the only step I felt I had left, to offload all the stuff that I didn’t need anymore, things started to shift in a really good way.
There are moments in life where you can feel completely helpless to change your situation, and although you may never be able to control outcomes, you can always do something to control your environment, and that’s powerful.
So at the point where I could sit around and wait no longer, I just started going through my drawers, my closet, the garage and the spare room and I started purging. I sold books, clothes, old bikes and gave away even more. I made over $1000 in less than a week, and that wasn’t even the point of my endeavor. I just wanted to get things moving again.
When I owned the Ladies Who Launch business here in LA, I’d take budding women entrepreneurs through an incubator process where I’d help them get out of a stuck place of not knowing what to do next in their business. But managing your business and your life isn’t really that different, so went I applied the first tenant of “forward movement” which is physically clearing space, everything started to change.
So here I am in the third quarter of 2013, and finally, things are looking up. Or at the very least, they look different. My space is much clearer, more organized and definitely way more peaceful. Best of all, it was an instant dose of much-needed happiness.
If you’re looking for a few resources to get you started, here are some of the outlets I used for my clutter:
- Craigslist – Use this to sell big things that can’t be shipped. Otherwise, use eBay
- Ebay – avoid the weirdos that would otherwise come to your home to buy your stuff.
- PoshMark for brand name clothes you no longer want to wear, but don’t want to donate either.
- ThredUp – just toss your extra clothes in a big bag and send it off to these guys to sort through and consign.
- Schedule a Pick Up (Donation service) these guys will pick up donations of pretty much anything big or small, right from your home).
- Book Scouter – if you have a ton of expensive textbooks you want to offload. I made a mint with this service!!!
Have fun with this process!! It’s totally gratifying when you get through it.