In which I tackle listing things on Craig’s List (#6) and prepare to donate what remains.
So far, so good. I’ll spend the next week gathering and listing the rest of the household items that we have to donate. We’ll be splitting things between the Habitat for Humanity Restore and another regular thrift store that will come pick up all of our stuff right at our house. We’ll need this especially if the coffee table doesn’t sell — it won’t fit in our cars! I’m excited to donate things to the Restore as well, since I think they will go to much better use there. We have a mix of things we’ve removed from the house — doorknobs, shelving pieces, outlet covers… The lights are all newish and perfectly fine, they just weren’t our style. So if they don’t sell on Craig’s List, hopefully someone will love them at the Restore.
So far, we’ve sold the entertainment center and the over-the-toilet shelves for a grand total of $47. It’s not a glamorous amount, but it just happens to be about the same amount that we just spent on a nice mirror for our bedroom. That’s something I’ve been searching for since we moved in over a year ago, and I finally spotted something that works in TJ Maxx, so we pounced on it.
The proportions of it seem a bit odd at first, but both the hubs and I can see our whole bodies in it. It’s the only mirror in the house that the hubs can actually see the top of his head without squatting down a little bit. (The mirrors in all of the bathrooms are just a smidgen too low, but all have lighting fixtures directly above them and don’t allow for movement.)
So this goal is feeling pretty good. Freeing up space that we need, hopefully moving things to homes where they will be used rather than trashed, and providing some extra cash for improvements we’ve been planning. I am definitely putting pressure on myself to get things as squared away in the house as possible before we start adding baby things to all of our rooms. The hubs and I had a business meeting at Starbucks and came up with a massive plan for tackling the projects we want to finish over the next four and a half months (yikes) and all the decluttering and streamlining we hope to achieve in the same time. It will be a big job, but we’re SO CLOSE in most of our spaces. If we can just buckle down, I think we’ll enjoy our house more than we ever have before. And I made sure that each month has some fun projects mixed in with the clean-this-closet kind of work so that we will hopefully not burn out too fast.
In fact, I’m working on one of those fun projects this week as well. Hopefully I will have an update on that next week. It’s been sort of a slow start to working on this 101, but I am ready now. Game on!