Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012 in 2012: Week 32




What have we gotten rid of so far in 2012?

It's summer. I'm not about to spend all summer purging my house of stuff. I'm still doing it, but in a very laid back fashion. Overall, I'm parting with things so much easier. Stuff I thought I would never want to donate is out of my house.

A really big contributing factor to that was reading "Financial Peace" by Dave Ramsey. Yeah, we have 'stuffitis' big time - the all-American syndrome of 'must have the latest gadget/toy/accessory'. It's humbling to turn that around and to be constantly reminded of how little we need when we see those in actual need. To realize how much time or money we spend on stuff is eye opening. Have you read that book? It's a must read (even if you don't like the guy), he has some great points and I must say the book has been life changing for us. We were never the spend-spend-spend type, quite frugal in the way we live, but even for us it's been a push in a good direction. Living with debt is no fun, even if it is just a mortgage and some student loans.

Living debt free? Now we're talking! Baby steps, baby steps... Craigslist is a good help in that regard :)

I'm also so much pickier in giveaways I enter now, only for things I actually need, not just clutter that I want.


Moving on:

15  broken toy pieces (trash)
105 clothing items (donated)
9 cloth diapers (sold)
4 cloth diapers (donated)

Total = 708 of 2012
as of August 10th

Selling Stuff YTD: made $882


7 comments:

  1. You are doing awesome so far!

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  2. Wow - I'm looking into Dave Ramsey now! Thanks!
    Carlen

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  3. Great post! I agree with you 100%!
    Mindy

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  4. Consumer culture has its toll on all of us. We seek our spiritual satisfaction and our ego satisfaction in consumption. When in fact we don't need much...

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  5. Поздравляю...!
    2012 - 708 = 1304
    надо бы удвоить усилия...

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  6. I have been sorting through things to give away also. Feels great.

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  7. Good job! Doesn't purging feel so awesome? :o)

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