A few years ago I began a journey towards minimalism.  And not the weird kind where you sleep on the floor and only have one plate and one fork, but a kind where I question all my possessions and get rid of the stuff I don’t need.

I had read a few books that were getting me inspired and then I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Joshua Becker who is one of the premier minimalism authors out there.  Spending time together was refreshing on a whole lot of levels, but as far as this article is concerned he helped spur me on to take major action in this direction.

I honestly got rid of all the stuff solely for the benefit of having a clearer mind and fewer distractions. Do I really need 18 button-up shirts or 23 pairs of shoes?  I decided that I didn’t and since getting rid of 75% of my clothes, I now am left with only the stuff I really love and everyday I enjoy what I wear and don’t feel guilty about that shirt that I bought but never wear because it is a little too big.

Anyway, I don’t want to turn this into a minimalism post, go read Joshua’s blog for that.

But, the wonderful side benefit of all this is that I made $2,145 in 30 days selling stuff that I didn’t even want any more!

How I did it

Since we decluttered every room in the house, I chose to focus on items that I expected to make at least $25 from.  If I didn’t think I could sell it for that, then it went to a local thrift store for a tax write off.

Additionally, as I was decluttering I was asking myself if I knew anyone who would love this particular item.  If someone came to mind, that item became a gift (a seed sown) to bless that person. It is really fun when you can give something that you were going to get rid of anyway and make someone else smile!