There are people in my clutter-clearing class who are struggling with releasing that which no longer serves them because of its value–or at least their perception of its value–because they really need the money they might get from selling those items. And it’s not one or two of us. No, this fear affects many. At times… even me.
This desire isn’t flawed. It’s brilliant, in fact. When we have unmet needs and desires, it makes sense to cultivate cash with the stuff that is no longer true for us. If it is genuinely possible to turn this stuff into cash, then wonderful. I say, do it!
For the sake of clarity, note that “genuinely possible” is the critical detail. For many of us, there are challenges… very real obstacles that make it unrealistic to turn this stuff into cash.
We may not have the computer skills necessary to utilize Craigslist, Freecycle, eBay, etc. We may not have time. We may live in a community where those things are not effective, or we may have anxiety about connecting with people through the Internet to sell to them. We may not have time because of our other commitments. We may be struggling with low energy or other physical and emotional realities that limit our ability to do what needs to be done to turn our stuff into cash. Even throwing together a yard sale may not be realistic because of weather and whatnot.
So then what?