When I get rid of stuff that is already in my house—I can make money! (Okay, technically it’s only recouping a fraction of the money I’ve already hemorrhaged, but going forward with a minimalist mindset will help with that portion.)
Awhile ago I set all the stuff I wanted to get rid of on my lawn and in turn people came and carried it away for me– while paying me money for it!
They paid for the right to take something I didn’t want anyway.
Here was my pricing: 25 cents for each article of clothing (including winter jackets and everything. No variation.) 50 cents for a pair of shoes or a book. One dollar for a DVD.
Now with prices like that, you can imagine how everything else was priced. I was not out to make beaucoup bucks, just get rid of things.
I made over $400.
Cooler yet, I made a lot of friends. At the end of the day Saturday, I rode my bike to the end of the street to post on our sign that we were closed and all up and down the sidewalk were kids with their new toys playing with stuff that my kids hadn’t played with in awhile (think of the end of Toy Story 3).
Then when I got back a neighbor girl asked if I would go on a bike ride with her and her friend. We just made one loop around the street on the sidewalks and by the time we got back we were a regular biker gang. Kids on bikes everywhere. It was great.
I traded my stuff for an experience and relationships… and some cold, hard cash! Now that’s a win/win!