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Have Too Much Stuff? Here’s How to Sell It

Have Too Much Stuff? Here’s How to Sell It

Sometimes we all look around our homes and are surprised by the amount of stuff we have. Maybe you have unopened boxes stashed away from your move three years ago, or have a child that has outgrown certain clothes and toys. Regardless of the reason, taking the time to purge these items from your life can be an emotional release and a profitable venture.

If you are looking for ways to cut down on your stuff and make a little money on the side, consider these options.

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Car Boot Sales

One of these easiest ways to get your items in front of potential buyers is at a car boot sale. To prepare for the sale, you will have to organise your belongings beforehand. This can include making sure which items are in an appropriate condition, as well as grouping and pricing items.

Since you will need to transport the items you are looking to sell to the car boot sale location, you may be limited on how much you can bring by the size of your car. There may also be a longer time commitment than some other options since you need to be present throughout the sale, but it can be an excellent way to relieve yourself of items you no longer need.

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Selling Online

If you don’t want to bring your stuff to a sale, you can consider selling items online. Websites like Ebay can provide you with a forum for listing your goods and facilitating the sale. Generally, you don’t have to be involved, once the listing is created until the item is sold.

Once the item sells, you will be provided shipping information to get the item to the purchaser. Then, simply package the item and stick it in the post. There are fees associated with using some of these websites, so it may not be ideal for low priced items, but you may be able to sell higher priced options for more here than at a car boot sale.

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Online classified ads, like Craigslist, can also provide a way to reach a wider audience without some of the fees associated with sales through other sites. It is important to make sure that, if you meet a potential buyer, that you take extra safety precautions. Often, it is best to meet them in a public place that is fairly busy. Some may choose to meet in front of a police station, as this provides an added layer of security.

Friends, Family, and Co-workers

One way to get items sold is to let your friends and family know of your intentions. At times, you may be selling something that they could use, allowing you to make a quick sale to someone you trust. They may also know someone who could use the item, allowing you to make a sale to someone your friend or family member knows and trusts.

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Your co-workers may also be interested in your items. If your office has a bulletin board and sales flyers are permitted, you can advertise your items there. Alternatively, you can mention your sale to co-workers with whom you have a friendly relationship.

They may be interested in purchasing something themselves, or may know someone who could use the item. However, before attempting any sales activity while at work, it is important to determine if these activities are permitted by your employer.

Manage What Remains

If you still have items you no longer need after your sales, consider donating anything that is in usable condition to charity. This can allow someone who may truly need it to use it as it keeps the item from joining the rest of the rubbish pile.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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