Since I started to think about all that minimalism stuff, the one question that bothers me most is not, how to choose what I want to get rid off. Instead, it’s where to get rid of all the stuff.
Probably since IT school or even earlier I started to hoard stuff. Be it computers or cabels or clothes or anything else. I really got tons of stuff. And when I was unhappy, I even purchased more, and more, and more. But that’s not the story of today. That’s a story for another time.
For the last two months, I really have a good schedule of getting rid of stuff. Not too much and not every day. But at least one time a week, I spend my evening decluttering. At the moment I am decluttering my office, next is the basement, then my closet. But that’s also not the thing for today 😉
The thing is, when I started reading about minimalism, I thought, yeah nice, but then I need to drive every day to the recycling depot or sell everything on eBay, I want quicker results, and that held me back. Not knowing where to get rid of the things, really was a problem.
I am very conservative about what I throw into the trash and since I live in Germany, there are of course rules for everything. But if you just take a short look into the regulations (they all have websites btw), you will recognize, it’s not that bad. And you could throw almost everything into it, with a few exceptions. Just do a quick search on Google with your city name and trash and you should get some results.
The next thing is, selling stuff. Since I started, I only sold one thing and that was a lens for 500 Euro. The rest I have put into eBay for free. Things that cost less than 20 Euro, I just give away for free. Why am I doing this? Nobody is willing to buy such things and you will keep them forever there. And you won’t get anywhere, so I just put them in for free and in most cases I can get rid of them in a few days or even hours. And a big plus, I can make somebody else happy with that.