Now if you read our original post about the project, there are rules as to what doesn't count. Garbage, food, singular dumb items like a paper clip, pen or hair binder. But for our friends and family out there, we maybe needed to be a bit more specific on what we are NOT looking to get rid of. You can follow us on Instagram to see our daily items post and you will notice we are not getting rid of important items. Sentimental things or family heirlooms. We do understand that no matter how minimal we end up packing our lives down to, there are a certain number of personal things that we will keep and care for in some fashion.
The first few days were hard
Looking at things we've collected through the years and those use-once-a-year kitchen tools that seems just too hard to get rid of. But as the days went by, we found that there were obvious things, things hidden in the backs of drawers, and duplicates everywhere! You'll notice we've gotten rid of a number of office items. Mark has had an office space down in the basement den for a number of years and when I moved in, my office space was created upstairs. So one day Mark decided he was going to get rid of all the extra pens, Sharpies and highlighters he had in his den. Then I decided to jump in and add to the collection from my office drawers and before we knew it, we were going through and finding we had 2-3 of a LOT of things! Tape dispensers, staplers, hole punches, containers of paper clips, those black binder clips in every size, Avery labels...I could go on and on. But the "thing" for that one day turned into a day of finding lots of items! We are definitely not done with our office spaces yet but we got a good start thanks to Mark's idea of cleaning out his drawer of writing utensils :)
We are going to have a seriously big garage sale
I am pretty sure we have 15-18 Medium size UHaul boxes packed full of items. Now this isn't junk. It's good stuff. Most of the items we are getting rid of are going to be sold at our garage sale in June which will be listed as part of the RobbinSALE. Unfortunately we have a sloped yard and a tiny garage so I'm going to somehow have to drive people to come back to our sale on multiple days. LOTS of new things are going to be out each day. Then we are lucky that my parents are also having a garage sale a few weeks after so we can transport more items out there too.
Money from the sale will most likely go straight into our savings account for travel but we'll see where our bills are at. We try very hard to save a little and pay down a lot each month on our loans.