I’m exhausted. Quite literally. I’m downsizing, and once again have realized I have too much ‘stuff’. So I did something crazy — I went through every single thing I have, figured out if I REALLY wanted it, and whatever I didn’t I kept right there and had a sale.
But for this sale, I decided I wanted to donate it all to a charity for depression (iFred). So I moved everything I wanted, really wanted, to keep. And then opened my doors to a sale. Let me tell you, this is one of the smartest things I have ever done.
Here are the reasons why:
The economy in Michigan is horrible, as it is in many places. I put some of the stuff on Craig’s List but was unable to sell most of it. My other thought was to donate it to the Salvation Army — and to do that would have been great as well but I needed to have it all perfectly boxed, on the first floor, and very specifically list everything I was donating. Quite frankly it was a lot of work.
But there is something very special about the process of having a sale, the interactions with the people, knowing that your stuff is really truly appreciated. Research shows that acts of kindness is good for your mental health, and while I think donating it would have felt great, the interaction with the people is what made my day really truly special.
If you are blessed to have things in your life that you don’t need, consider doing a sale by yourself or with your neighbors. Don’t stress about getting it ready or pricing everything and certainly don’t spend any money advertising. Put your sale on Craig’s List. Put a few signs up in your neighborhood on bright paper the day of the sale that say SALE TODAY, the date, and your address, and have it in your front yard. Relax, put some brochures on the table, enjoy meeting some new people, and feel good about helping others. It truly makes for a perfect day.
Last reviewed: 2 Jun 2010