Minimalism Game–the September edition

The year of minimalism is two-thirds of the way over, and I am still going strong. Last month, I concentrated on stuff that I thought was too valuable to just give away, trash, or recycle. I didn’t make a ton of money, and sometimes, when I sold something for about $2, but had to buy an envelope to send it in, pack it, and then walk to the post office to mail it, I questioned whether or not I was making any money at all.

But the most important thing is that I’m still decluttering. Here’s the list for September:

1) Necklace sold on eBay
2) Baby play mat
3) Small bear
4) Knitted scarf that didn’t turn out well
5) Necklace sold on eBay
6) Bracelet sold on eBay
7) Pendant sold on eBay
8) Flowerpot
9) Pendant sold on eBay
10) Camera part sold on eBay
11) Necklace sold on eBay
12) Newborn bassinet given to friend
13) Old calculator sold on eBay
14) Light meter sold on eBay
15) Broken frame
16) Microphone sold on eBay
17) Decorative box sold on eBay
18) Stroller frame
19) Camera sold on eBay
20) Baby swing
21) Microphone sold on eBay
22) Cabinet given to friend
23) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
24) Old underwear
25) Knitting sample
26) Magazine from May 2015
27) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
28) Old nail polish
29) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
30) Broken headphones

Getting rid of stuff

As you might expect, figuring out exactly what to do with stuff when you’re ready to get rid of it has been causing me a bit of a problem. I live in an urban area, and many of the charities that make scheduled pick-ups do not operate in New York City. But then I learned to employ a technique that has worked out so well for me in other aspects of me life: I lie.

I’ve been using my in-laws’ address and scheduling pick-ups with places that will take donations of almost anything you have to get rid of. It has worked out really well, and they give me a tax form every time they come pick up. About every other month, I have about two to three bags and boxes to give them. Now that I’m pretty much done with the majority of the decluttering, it’s only this amount, and not like 20 bags at a time.

However, there are some things I look at and wonder if I could get some money for them. So after being hesitant about it for months, I finally started selling some of my stuff on eBay. The first day, I listed four items, and three of them sold immediately (with the “Buy it now” option). When I saw eBay had given me 20 free listings to use in a month, I decided to go for it, and listed anything I thought people would possibly want. Maybe it was beginner’s luck, but most of it sold.

I also tried Freecycle, more than once, and Craigslist, also more than once, to try to get rid of the heavier stuff. But sadly, even though people always expressed interest in whatever I was giving away for free, they never came to pick it up. Which is particularly annoying for me, as I’ve heard of people traveling between boroughs to get things like 3/5 a bottle of Pine-Sol. But luckily, the charity isn’t as picky, and they will take my functional but extraneous mouse with no complaints.

What lengths would you go to in order to get a bottle of this?

How do you get rid of unwanted but usable items?