Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Minimalist Incentive: Declutter to Pay for a Vacation

I need a vacation.  Not a trip to see family (don't get me wrong, I love those).  I need a lay-around-all-day-do-nothing-on-the-beach vacation.  My husband and I haven't had one of those for going on 2 years.  So one of my motivators for becoming a minimalist is having the time and money to take a vacation come our 3 year anniversary in May.  I'm not yet sure where we'll go, but I'm determined to go somewhere.  Life has been hard since our last vacation and I think we deserve it.  I'm also willing to put in the extra work to purge my things for some cash.  So, over the next couple of months, I'll be documenting how much money I make from my things as I sell them.  Actually, you can track "Kari's Minimalist Vacation" on the right sidebar of this blog.

One of the ways I'm able to get rid of some of the things I'm purging for money is Facebook Yard Sales. Nearly every geographic area has Facebook groups that are used specifically for buying and selling yard sale type things.  Last night after purging half of my closet, I just started taking pictures and posting them on one of the many Knoxville yardsale groups.  So far, I have a few meets set up to sell a couple of my nicer clothes.  The other stuff that I didn't think would sell as well will either go in a box to have an actual yard sale this spring or be consigned or donated.

I've found as with any lifestyle change, it's good to have something to motivate you. Besides gaining freedom from stuff, having a vacation to look forward to after months of letting go of things I've held on to forever will be some great incentive.

What about you?  What are incentives that work for you?


  1. This is a great idea, Kari. I agree that having something to look forward to or to motivate you to actually get things sold/cleaned up is good incentive!

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