Posted by Tim Stobbs on October 6, 2011
It’s been two weeks now since I’ve declared my war on stuff and as if this wasn’t enough of a challenge by itself. I’ve also got sucked into a different challenge to also cut down my weight during the same time frame which largely involves cleaning up some bad eating habits that I’ve picked up recently.
Somewhat ironically I’m finding the stuff challenge easier to handle than remembering not to eat a snack in the evening (damn you chips with your salty crispy goodness). Don’t worry I’m not going to become a monk anytime soon and give up any of my remaining vices. I love the rest of them too much to do that.
Perhaps the biggest change I’ve noticed about the stuff challenge is it is forcing me to think prior to buying just about anything. I have to review the challenge in my head quickly to determine is this stuff (can’t buy it), an experience or a consumable (can buy it). While the pause isn’t huge that habit is very useful to help screen your purchases and cut back on impulse buying.
The other very noticeable change that hit me early on in the stuff challenge was the fact how used to looking at fliers I was. I used to look at them once a week and always the electronic ones…and I wondered why I usually want to buy some kind of electronic stuff?!? *sigh* Anyways, I’ve stopped looking for the most part as unless I need something consumable there is basically no point wasting time looking at fliers. So somewhat unexpectedly that has given me a little bit more time each week which I’ve been using to start the second part of my challenge: getting rid of stuff I already own, but don’t really use.
First up was my DVD collection which I didn’t bother to count but a rough estimate would be 200 DVDs. The total purge pile ended up being 31 DVDs (which includes five TV series, which I counted as one each even if they had 4 to 7 discs). Yet rather than toss completely useable stuff I decided to put in a little effort and sell the pile. While I only been selling them for three days I’ve already sold nine DVDs and four of the TV series for a total profit of $38. I believe my success so far has been pricing them cheap enough to get rid of them quickly ($2 each, expect the TV series which were $5).
So overall I’m rather happy with my progress on my war on stuff as I’ve even managed to start a first purge on my book collection. I’ll write more about that next time.