This post applies to any home category imaginable, but I’ll apply this to a topic near and dear to my little heart, and one that my clients struggle with…baby clothes.
You’ve finally tackled the bin of baby clothes. That ship has sailed, your youngest is four, and you’re mentally ready to move on. First of all, give you self a giant pat on the back, because this is no easy task.
As you’ve sorted through your bins, you’ve had no problem putting the sweat pants, cute little onesies, the sundresses, or burp clothes in the donate pile. But you’re hung up on the super cute boutique dress, or the pajamas that were outgrown long before they were able to show any wear. They’re in GUC (good used condition for those of you not aware of the online lingo). What to do?
Perhaps they’re worth something?
So, instead of forging ahead with your decluttering, you shake out the wrinkles, fold them all up, take a photo, take another photo in better lighting, write up a description, post to your local facebook swap page, and wait. And then because the internet is going to think this is such a steal of a deal, you sit by your phone waiting for the comments to come pouring in.
And sometimes they do. And sometimes they don’t and you spend a ridiculous time checking your phone for a $2 pair of used pajamas.
Assuming you’ve snagged a buyer, there’s a 50% likelihood (in my experience) that they will show up when they say they will. The other 50% of the time, there’s an emotional cost and major frustration when you repeatedly see that item on your front porch, moving the bag back in each night that you’re stood up, only to remind yourself to follow up with the NIL (next in line), who has waited three days and no longer wants the item. Repost and repeat.
All this for $2?!
If you’re serious about changing your life, you have to embrace a sunk cost mentality when decluttering. The item lost all of its monetary value when you purchased it. Sometimes this is hard to do, even for me.
So, what’s my advice?
I tell my clients to set a timeline – if it hasn’t sold in two weeks, donate it! Also, the two week timeline starts immediately, not when you finally get around to posting it. If a week has gone by and you haven’t even taken a photo of it yet? Just let it go! I’m at peace with someone getting a great deal at our local donation center.
Don't get hung up on the little things.
Embrace the transformation you're working so hard for!