eBay and Craigslist have been on our uncluttered radars for quite some time, but during these tough economic times they have become important tools to make some extra cash. Weekend projects of cleaning out the attic, basement, or closets can help you find many items to sell or donate.
Donation is a great option these days, too. Charities are feeling the effects of a struggling economy, and the trimming down of your home’s inventory can help less fortunate folks.
The economic downturn has undoubtedly made all of us take notice of the way in which we live and spend money. It also may be a wake up call to live with much more thrift in mind when bringing items into one’s home.
In an article in the Examiner, author Risa Sanders highlights some things that may make this economic downturn a little more manageable. She highlights the positives of these times with some of the following items:
1. Drink less coffee. My old habits included at least one stop a day, sometimes two, for a latte, or a double cappuccino. In order to save money (see below) my caffeine consumption is way down, causing my psyche, and body, to say “thank you”.
2. Spend less money. At better than $3 apiece for a tall latte (plus, usually, a muffin for another $2), I’m saving over $50 a week just by not making coffee stops during the day. I pour what’s left from my morning coffeepot into the darling, glossy, polka dot thermos I just “had to have” but hadn’t used in the two years since I bought it, and I have fresh, warm, cheap coffee all day long.
7. Spend more quality time as a family. Volunteering together, playing board games,going for walks, sightseeing in the city, renting movies instead of running to the theatre, even hunting for great coupons and bargains together, can be fun. See my article on volunteering for more ideas, at http://www.examiner.com/x-1561-DC-Family-Examiner~y2008m12d18-More-great-things-to-do-with-teens
9. Get rid of clutter. I notice I’m doing a better job of sorting through papers and keeping clutter to a minimum now that I’m home more. I like the feeling of calm that comes from being able to see the wood of my desk, and actually being able to find (and remember to use) all those wonderful coupons that are flowing in these days.
Number nine is definitely right up our alley here at Unclutterer, but the whole list is worth a look.