I’ve been on a (very slow) decluttering/simplifying kick for a year or two now. It isn’t that I haven’t bought anything in that time (boy, have I!) but I have been trying to look at what I own critically. Our condo is 900 square feet, which isn’t anything to sneeze at, but it feels crowded.
I’ve been taking things to various resale places fairly regularly, and I keep a bag by the front hall closet that is just for stuff to be donated. I generally take books to Fairs Fair, because they’ll give you store credit, I take my nicer clothes to Rewind Consignment (although they refused an awesome pair of boots a couple weeks ago), and everything else, plus the stuff the first two places didn’t take, goes to Value Village. Oh, and I list yarn and fibre in my for-sale-stash on Ravelry!
I had a few things that I thought were worth something to people, more than I’d get at the bookstore, so I decided to dust off my old eBay account!
For the knitters, I’m destashing 3 Rowan magazines, #34, 38, and 40.
For the paper crafters, I’m destashing 3 Magnolia Ink Magazines (the very first 3, I believe).
For Trollbeads fans (or fans-to-be) I’ve got a plain sterling silver bracelet including the basic lock!
Does getting these 7 things out of my house make it feel any less cluttered? Not really, they don’t add up to much total space, but knowing that 7 (more) things are out/on the way out makes me think of knitting – each tiny stitch adds up to a sweater. Maybe in a few more months it’ll be more noticeable!
And do any Calgary friends know if there is any consignment place for home items? Mixing bowls and the like?