I've been buying stuff on sale for over two years now and even though I have a lot of stuff, most was purchased at such cheap prices it can easily be sold for what I paid (or more!) instead of wasting money bringing or shipping it home. Unfortunately I do get emotionally attached to some items, even if they were only a dollar. This is where my flow chart comes in. It provides me with a logical way to decide if I should keep something or not.
Basically I start off simple. If it was a gift, it's kept... I know, there are lots of gifts that shouldn't be kept but since most of my gifts I'm sorting through right now are for the baby they are being kept for the baby. Next is if it was custom made. Usually the cost of custom made right away makes it worth keeping but also because it's custom made it's much harder to replace. Depending on what it is it's also hard to sell.
Then I move on to the harder stuff. I decide if I can sell it for what I paid for it. This is where I struggle with stuff I get attached to. It's silly, especially if it can easily be replaced. I'm trying to move past that because if I can sell it and not lose money it's totally worth not having to lug it back home. If I can't sell it without losing money then I will calculate if it will cost more to ship/bring it home. A good example of this is my cloth diapers. A dozen of my prefolds I got for $12. They aren't something that people would use here, I can sell them as burp cloths but it's not likely I will get $12 for them. However for me to ship them home it will cost me $50. Since I can replace them for $12 versus shipping for $50 the obvious choice is to replace. I can sell them for at least $6 and therefore only have a loss of $6.
Of course most of the stuff I'm going to be selling are low value and easy to replace. Since I don't see a baby in my very close future it makes more sense to sell them and just rebuy stuff (or get my mom to buy them lol) once I actually have a baby on the way. Having more physical stuff to pack or ship makes things much more stressful and therefore not worth the time and energy compares to just rebuying.
This summer I plan on purging A LOT at my parents' house. I have a bedroom and a storage room FULL of my stuff. Since I've moved around so much their house has been my dumping ground. Clearly it's stuff I can live without but I've never really been motivated enough to do a huge clean up. I'm really looking forward to purging this summer.
I just started reading about the Kon Mari Method and I look forward to using that this summer. It's simple to follow and I feel like it goes well with my life plans for happiness. I'll probably do some videos on my YouTube channel about this method as well once I get home and can purge more. Here I don't have enough stuff to actually do a video lol.
I am 30, single, vegan, and been on my journey to becoming a single mother since 2013. I have struggled with infertility and I am now on the path to international adoption of a little girl with Down syndrome. Come join me on my journey to becoming a mother!