A few weeks ago, I participated in a chidren’s resale and made around $162. Not a huge amount of cash, but definitely a good chunk of change to make a dent in the dreaded student loan.
This was my fourth resale, but my first since we moved to the west coast. Because we just moved, I didn’t have as much to sell. Also my kids are older, so I’ve already gotten rid of a lot of the high-value items.
Truth be told, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t make more money at this sale. But, I was glad that I didn’t buy as much. In the past, I would go to each sale with at least $200 to spend on things for our kids. After all, kids go through things quickly, and there were great deals to be had.
This time I only spent $16. On toys and books, of course. 🙂
I was actually thrilled. After our big move across the country, I realized that we have way to much junk. Limiting the inflow of stuff into our house is definitely one of the ways to work toward the goal of only having useful and/or beautiful stuff.
Anyway, I’ve found that when setting up a new home, it’s tough not to buy new things. First of all, Target is just full of cool stuff. It’s very tempting. Second of all, there are things that you just need in a new home. Like a mat for your front door when you live in a rainy climate. Or blackout curtains for the kids’ rooms because they will only sleep if the room is dark.
At this point, I think we have most of the things that we “need” in our new home. So, it’s time to limit the stuff that we’re bringing into the home.
But, sometimes things come up. The kids need new jackets because their old ones are too small. The clasp breaks on your wallet, and you need a new wallet to keep your money secure (yes, I know that I could use a rubber band to hold my wallet together…but there were really cute blue ones on sale at Target).
When stuff like this happens, it’s helpful to follow the one-in, one-out rule. For each new pair of shoes that comes in, one must be sold or donated. For each wallet that comes in, one needs to be recycled or thrown in the trash.
And frankly, if I would just stay away from Target, I would greatly limit the inflow to our house.
How do you limit the number of things that come into your house?
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