Purging all of the things
October 22, 2012 8:17 AM Subscribe
Have you ever done a large purge of your possessions? How did you do it?
posted by rachaelfaith to home & garden (77 answers total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
I have a lot of stuff. A LOT of stuff. I buy things I don't really need (I'm addressing that separately) but I also receive a lot of things from family that just pile up. While addressing the source of the buildup, I also want to rid myself of a lot of the bulk. I'd like to think I live a modern, sleek lifestyle, but I just have STUFF coming out of every corner of my apartment.
I'm pretty good about purging my clothes, and I do a cleanout about twice a year. I could donate more things, probably, but clothes aren't the bulk of the problem.
I don't even know how to describe the problem items as a group. They range from book and magazines to gadgets to very specific cooking tools to reusable bags to god knows what else.
I don't want to trash the stuff, because a lot of it is new or like new/useful. I have used Freecycle for some of it, but making posts is time-consuming and I would like to reap some money from the valuable items. I suppose Craigslist or eBay would be the next step, but again, listing things takes time and I'd have to arrange shipping for many, many items.
So, have you done this? Please tell me how you accomplished this without going nuts.