Last year when we moved to our new home, we essentially made four trips with a 14 foot truck (actually, I think the first trip was in a 17 foot truck…) When moving day arrived, the 26 foot U-Haul that we had reserved wasn’t available, so we had to improvise with a tiny little truck, and only got it for half a day rather than the three days we had reserved. So we crammed stuff into it as fast as we could and made three trips. Good thing we were only moving an hour away!
I am thrilled with all the de-cluttering that has been going on around here lately, but I sure wish I had done it a year ago. Maybe then we wouldn’t have had to make so many trips with our tiny little truck, and we could have saved a lot of time that we spent packing random crap into boxes. Our little family of three people, one cat, and one dog sure did have a lot of boxes.
In our old house, we had a built-in shelving unit in our bedroom, and one dresser. When we moved, we still had the dresser, but no shelving unit. So I immediately began looking for a new dresser on Craigs List. I found a great big one for $100, and we promptly hooked up our wagon and went to pick it up. I offered $80, we settled on $90, and it’s been in our bedroom ever since. It’s a nice dresser with a huge mirror on top, but it is a very large piece of furniture. And now that I’ve been getting rid of so much stuff lately, I’ve realized that we don’t need two dressers in our bedroom at all. My husband and I can share one dresser for socks and underwear, and all the rest of our clothes fit nicely in the closet.
So we are getting rid of the gigantic dresser. And apparently I was a golden opportunity for the lady who was selling it last summer, because I’ve dropped the price all the way to $40 (I finally have someone coming over tonight… fingers crossed!) and it’s still here. Bummer, but a good lesson learned: Before shopping for things to store our stuff, we should take a long hard look at the stuff and see if it’s worth storing.
I don’t mind selling the dresser at a loss, because I’ve come to terms with the idea that I need to forget about sunk costs if I’m going to get rid of all the extra stuff we have sitting around. We no longer need the dresser, so hanging onto it is completely counter-productive. I’d much rather have the empty floor space in our bedroom. And since the $90 we spent on the dresser is long gone, the $40 I can get from selling it now is a bonus.
So here’s my challenge for you… if you’re thinking about buying anything to store stuff – dresser, shelves, containers, etc – see if you can figure out a way to get rid of the stuff instead so that you don’t need the storage item after all. I promise it will feel good!