minimalism challenge

I’m a week into “#MinsGame” and very proud with how ruthless I’m being.

“Here’s how it works…

Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff and embrace minimalism. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

It’s an easy game at first. However, it starts getting challenging by week two when you’re both jettisoning more than a dozen items each day. Whoever can keep it going the longest wins; you both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.” The Minimalists.

So each day I’ve been having more and more of a clear out and I’m starting to feel more at peace. There’s a lot to be said for the idea that a decluttered environment means a decluttered mind and the challenge and bit of competition is keeping me motivated, as is posting a photo on my Instagram and Facebook pages each day to remain accountable.

mins game day one baytree

I’m feeling very determined to stick to it as I’m much better at these sorts of things whilst the sun is out! Come the winter months my home (hopefully) will be a lot calmer and less stressful place and I can just rest and be.

So with decluttering comes a lot of stuff which needs to leave the house. As I’m all about being Thrifty, I would prefer to make some money from all the things I’m ridding our home of but it’s a fine balance as some methods take longer than others and then I find myself quickly surrounded by loads of charity bags and bin liners filled with items!

As it’s day 8 technically I should have got rid of 126, but in fact on day seven we went through our DVD collection and counted up 180 DVDs to get rid of! so in 8 days I’ve actually found 298 things which I don’t need in my home!!! That is an extraordinary number, considering I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go on this journey. I might not be limiting myself to August at this rate!!

dvds for sale

So this is where my dilemma began; how to get rid of these things. Some items are broken and obviously just needed throwing out so I’ve recycled where possible and have a kettle ready to take to the WEE section of the local tip. Then there’s clothes which are too worn to sell or donate to a charity shop which will go into the cloth recycling (still for charity) and this includes well worn shoes too.

Then there’s the DVDs. With there being so many, do I bother trying to sell individually on ebay?

Ebay Pros: The app is really simple to use and I love the scan option especially for DVDs

Ebay Cons: Time consuming for weighing, packaging up and taking to the post office.

Or do I sell on local FaceBook selling sites?

FB Group Pros: Take a pic of all the DVDs and just say £1 each for example and buyer is likely to be able to collect at your convenience.

FB Group Cons: Search function isn’t very good on phones which most people access it from and smaller audience than Ebay.

Carboot an option?

Carboot Pros: One location and no P&P required

Carboot Cons: Have to pay to access, get up early, eats into the weekend and people want stuff for pennies there.

So after weighing it all up I decided on a combination of things. NotSoThriftyDad suggested I took a photo of all of them and list it on FB for a job lot price, then I scanned into Music Magpie for a quote. They have an app which you can download onto your phone and simply (very simply) scan the barcode off the back of your DVD (or computer game) and it gives you an instant quote. Once you’re finished scanning it will give you a complete total and you can save this quote. This then gives you some time to sell elsewhere and you can amend the quote at a later date or you can use it to compare to other similar sites like Ziffit and Zapper which work in much the same way.

music magpie

I’ve decided the ridiculously large DVD collection now has five days to sell elsewhere and then it’s getting shipped off for convenience and money in my pocket 🙂 Did I mention that they even send a courier to your house to come pick it all up?? So easy, so simple and I didn’t even have to bundle ThriftyBaby into his car seat to get rid of them. Happy days!

If you know of any other methods for getting rid of clutter and making a bit of money back I’d love to hear about it so leave a comment here or head over to my FB page.

Hollie x