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My Progress: Cleaning Instead of Shopping on Black Friday

I spent the Friday after Thanksgiving cleaning out the house. I didn’t clean with brooms and mops and soap and water, rather I pulled out the contents of each of my drawers and closets and sorted through everything I could get my hands on.

By the end of the day, my closet and dresser were completely reorganized and I gathered a small shopping bag full of clothes for charity that either no longer fit or I no longer wear. I organized all of the little odds and ends that were gathering dust on my night table. I created small containers for some things and found better homes for others.

I cleaned out the linen closet and the tiny little drawers that house a hodgepodge of things like wrapping paper, craft supplies and even small electronics. I sorted through piles of soap, shampoo and other products and created a large bag of items I plan to donate for charity. I also set aside a few items that I can wrap up as ‘extra’ gifts for family members.

I rummaged through my gift drawers and found a whole bunch of things I’d totally forgotten about. It turns out that I have at least one item in there for every member on my list. Most of them are just little trinkets, but a couple are full sized gifts.

I sorted through my book shelves, but I found it much harder to purge some of my books this year. I go through cycles with books, sometimes I’m happy to part with them and other times I just can’t let go.

I decided I didn’t want to go through the hassle of selling books one-by-one, so I searched for a couple of cash-4-book type programs and sold 20 books I didn’t mind parting with to the highest bidders. I bundled up boxes to four different buyers and dropped them in the mail.

Lastly I walked around the house looking for any items that are in good shape that I no longer use and could probably sell. I listed a couple on eBay and may list a couple more on craigslist. All of the items I listed already have bids.

I’m glad I spent the day out of the malls and away from the stores. I certainly accomplished a whole lot more by staying at home.

Sense

Wednesday 1st of December 2010

It's true! It's a very good time to sell things online--people don't go to yard sales this time of year but they are in a shopping mood and are looking for deals for presents. What a great idea in lieu of Black Friday!!

Maureen

Wednesday 1st of December 2010

And instead of spending money you made money, what could be better than that. I,m needing to de-clutter myself soon.