Friday, January 13, 2017

Trading Fancy for Freedom


A little late, but on January 12th we celebrated TEN YEARS in our little 900 sq foot bungalow. If you’ve known me long enough, you’ve heard me complain about my “tiny” house….and you’ve probably heard me say how I also love my house. I am a walking contradiction, this house is my constant battle to learn contentment. Every time I think I have it, it slips away, and I get to learn it all over again. I have no right to complain, but I do. All. The. Time. I complain about not having a dining room. I complain about the ugly carpet. I complain about the tiny living room & the sketchy neighbors.

I have had a love/hate relationship with this house, but it is my manna. My every morning reminder than God provides.

Yesterday, in homeschool we studied the manna God provided the Hebrews in the desert. I tried to describe to the boys how the food of Egypt was no more nourishing than the sweet honey-flavored Manna God provided, it was just fancier, with spices and variety. As I read the Egyptians' groans over missing the food of Egypt, it was easy to judge them. How could they not be content with the simple manna, when fancy food of Egypt came with the high price of their freedom?

Then it hit me right between the eyes, how many times have I given up my freedom for “fancy”? My want for fancier clothes, house, or cars could easily lead us into slavery of debt. A want for a fancier, more exciting life could also easily lead me into slavery to sin, seeking pleasure and identity in anything other than the simple & nourishing life with which God has blessed me.

I’m pretty sure if the Hebrews read my post comparing manna to my little house, filled with a variety of food and all the creature comforts of the modern world, they would probably throw up a little in disgust. I am spoiled beyond belief, almost disgustingly so. Lord, never let me forget the miracle that is my home, my marriage, and my family.

Lord, never let me give up my freedom for the fancy.

Monday, January 9, 2017

How to Make Money from Decluttering


 Decluttering has help me stay organized, changed how I spend money, and given me a peace of mind that comes through living more simply. 

When you begin your quest to delutter, know that it will be a time investment.  Living simply does not come easily for me by any means (seriously, I am not an organized person), but the effort has been well worth the investment  Thankfully, I have found that my time investment not only pays in peace of mind, but can also pay in actual money. 







Tips for making money from Decluttering


1.) Have a specific goal for the money.

Having a specific goal helps in any project, but especially when you are a decluttering. 

When I first began decluttering my bedroom, my goal was to make enough money to buy new 6 new curtain panels for the windows in my bedroom . When I began on the basement, it was to pay for new shelves and storage tubs.  I accomplished both of these goals by following the next two tips....
I made $225 from decluttering, which was enough to buy these two new heavy duty shelves. 

2.)  Price to sell quickly

Price using garage sale prices, or storing items to sell is just adding back to the clutter!!!! Do not be blinded by what you paid for it, that is a one of the biggest obstacles to decluttering!  


3.) If it's worth less than $10, donate it (remember to get the tax deduction receipt).
  

I have tried every different online selling site, and anything under $10 is just not worth the headache of scheduling pick ups. My time is also money, and the time scheduling pick ups, tracking who is coming when, and storing items until they are bought, is NOT WORTH IT.  

We LOVE Goodwill drive through donation centers.  As soon as I get a back bag to donate, it goes in my trunk.  When I am near a goodill, I drop it off any bags in the trunk and get the receipt for tax deduction. Every year, those deductions add up to money in my pocket!


4.) If it's worth less than $20,
do pick up at your house ,or within a few blocks, if you don't know the buyer.

I don't sell on Craiglist anymore, only Facebook marketplace. Convenience is important, but safety is key.

 I also have public library only 3 min from my house, so I do meet-ups there if I don't know the person.  Occasionally I will meet someone father away, but only if I am already in that area for another reason.  Remember, your time is money too. 

If over $20, I will travel a little father than the library or somewhere where I'll already be. I recently drove half hourto sell something, but it was a $75 sale, and worth it.  I ran errands at stores near the meet-up while out and about.