…and it is way too late to return them for your money back, what do you do?
When our lodger left in the summer, I took the opportunity to revamp the room and change how I furnished it as things were getting shabby after 10 years. I dithered for ages over the best storage solutions for the range of people we tended to attract. My dithering drove me mad so in the end I just went for it, but then ended up with some pieces that were not the best solution.
So I got it wrong, despite lots of thought. So, after more re thinking I did get the right pieces for maximum space and storage, but had an armchair and brand new storage cupboard left over.
I had 3 choices:
- keep them (only available space would be the attic) as ‘they may come in useful sometime”
- keep them as “I can’t get rid of them; that would be so wasteful”
- sell on/give away at a loss to get them out of our small house.
I chose to attempt to sell rather than beat my self up for my mistake and hang on to them for ages as:
- keeping them, unused, would not compensate me for the money I had spent anymore than giving them away for nothing would.
- keeping them in our small house would compound my error by their constantly getting in the way, forever reminding me of the money I had wasted.
- someone else could be making good use of it.
It took 5 weeks of trying to sell the chair until I realised I would have to give it away to get rid of it. But the woman who collected it was delighted with it and her bargain made her day. It was great being the source of someone else’s good luck.
The cupboard has just been put on our local online selling forum. I’ve put it on for nearly half what I paid for it and know I may have to drop it in price. I’d like to keep it – I love nice wooden storage, but we have a small house that I have already maxed out with good suitable storage solutions.
Getting things out of the house did put me in the mood to try and sell a food dehydrator I bought a few years ago that is enormous and takes up a third of our kitchen counter space and I have only used 3 times. That did sell well for over £200 (close to my original purchase price). So win some, lose some.
What do you have lurking in your home that you can’t face getting rid of because it would be a waste of the money you spent on it, even though:
- you never use it,
- it gets in the way
- maybe you don’t actually like it any more either
- it reminds you of your ‘mistake’ in a way that always annoys you a bit?
This post was written by Doodle one of your fellow 365ers.
Today’s Mini Mission
Choose a drawer in this room and declutter it. If you have no drawers choose a small area that is out of sight. A box under a bed, a shelf or a small cabinet.
Eco Tip for the Day
Sweep your outdoor areas rather than hosing them down.
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