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June Goals – Simplify, Streamline and Sell Stuff

by Diane

Another month has whizzed by and it’s time to think about my intentions for June. I don’t mind admitting to being a little dazed that it’s June already – this year seems to be on fast forward. For us in the southern hemisphere it’s the start of winter and while our winters are mild compared to most of our northern friends, it’s still a time to stay warm, enjoy lots of hearty meals and use the oven, a lot. As if I need an excuse to bake!

As the title suggests, my goals or intentions for the coming month are:

  • Simplify
  • Streamline
  • Sell Stuff

June Goals simplify streamline and sell stuff

Simplify

Life has become a little too chaotic for my taste lately. Everything from the house feeling cluttered, which is inevitable with the flotsam and jetsam of my business, to trying to fit too much into each day and feeling completely disorganized, is contributing to the bedlam that is my life! So, I’ll be actively working on reducing the ‘stuff’ that is not adding real value to my life. Physical. Emotional. Work related. Everything will be hit with the simplify stick.

Streamline

Another way I’m trying to lower the chaos quotient in my life is by streamlining my business. Previously I’ve used multiple platforms for my business; eBay, Etsy and my own website. Maintaining accurate stock levels and keeping everything straight in my head was always a challenge and sometimes mistakes were made. I’ve now reduced my selling platforms to just eBay and Etsy. Next, I plan to reduce the product lines available, to hopefully, reduce the energy (and space) required to manage the business. Ultimately, the plan is to scale the business back to hobby level so everything I do now is aimed at that outcome.

Sell Stuff

I guess that one’s self explanatory. I figure the journey from mess to minimalism is going to create surplus stuff and the best way to deal with surplus stuff is to sell it. It’s also a great way to put some extra dollars in the bank account. I’ve already joined a few local selling groups on Facebook. Now I need to bite the bullet and get the photos taken!

If I can stick to the plan and keep my intentions foremost in my mind, I’m sure there’ll be a lot less stuff (and hopefully stress) in my house and in my life.

What are your goals or intentions for the coming month, or months? Are there aspects of your life driving you a little crazy? Maybe some strategic streamlining might help you too?

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10 comments

Paul June 11, 2015 - 1:19 am

Nice post and worthwhile goals. I can certainly empathize with you on wanting to declutter the house and sell items. It’s always good to occasionally clear out the house of stuff we really no longer need. And few extra dollars never hurts either. The problem comes in when you have items your not using regularly. But know perfectly well you’ll need at some in the future. A few years ago i really got motivated and held a few huge yard sales over the summer. I was happy i did it. Till i found myself re-buying tools and kitchen items i had sold! So this time i’m paring down and only selling items i REALLY know i will have no need for. Another point, if like me a person as health/mobility issues. The very thought of decluttering can be overwhelming. For large items, like furniture etc. I post on Craigslist and make sure the buyer hauls items away. 😉

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Diane June 11, 2015 - 6:17 am

That happened to me with books. I was moving back home after living interstate so I sold off a heap of books – I reckon I ended up buying half of them again. Lesson learned: never sell your favourite books! It can be a challenge with the stuff you don’t use often. At this point, I’d rather clear the decks then see what happens.

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NIomi@Financially Confident June 4, 2015 - 10:46 am

One of my goals this month is to make some extra money by selling some unwanted stuff, too! I’m thinking of listing most items on eBay; I’ve never tried FB selling groups. Have you had more luck selling items via eBay or FB, do you think?

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Diane June 5, 2015 - 9:43 pm

I’m a newbie to the whole selling on Facebook thing so I’m not too sure how it will go. I’ll certainly post updates, though! Let me know how you go with your selling.

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Holly@ClubThrifty June 3, 2015 - 10:29 pm

I’m working on selling some stuff this month too. My garage sale is this weekend. I can’t wait to get rid of stuff and earn some extra cash!

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Diane June 4, 2015 - 9:29 am

Good luck with the garage sale. I’ve got to admit, they freak me out a bit. I find it hard disconnecting from the price I originally paid for the item. Proof positive you should only buy what you love, will wear out or use up.

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Jaleen @ How Do The Jones Do It June 3, 2015 - 5:11 am

It seems we are constantly simplifying, streamlining, and selling stuff! We are holding a garage sale this weekend so we will clear the garage of all that simplifying we’ve done throughout the year! It will feel so good to have that space again.

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Diane June 4, 2015 - 9:32 am

It must be garage sale time in the US! Good luck. I hope you make lots of $$$.

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Stockbeard June 3, 2015 - 2:53 am

Nice goals, good luck!
We don’t have much clutter at this so I don’t have a “sell stuff” goal (living in a small apartment helps a lot with reducing clutter!), but I’m definitely looking forward to streamlining some of my tasks too. I took on too much tasks in 2015, and can’t seem to find any free time at this point.

Good read, thanks Diane.

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Diane June 4, 2015 - 9:34 am

Thanks! A small apartment definitely helps keep the possessions down and so does relocating a lot. I’ve been in this place for a long time now and stuff definitely accumulates without you noticing.

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