Earlier this year, I got into a purging kick in part because of the show Hoarders; later sites like Mr. Money Mustache and Project 333 inspired me to continue. Twice I managed to get rid over a $100 worth of DVDs at a resale shop. I donated trash bag upon trash bag of clothing. And my new perspective has leaked over to my yard sale purchases: I used to drop money on things I didn’t really need, which buried the things I did really want and need. And that’s the key to all it: Because it was cheap, I bought things because of the “ooh, shiny” factor or the “I might use/need/want this one day” factor. Impulse and fear, excused by a low price barrier.
I’ve been making headway on this, but now I’m facing a big temptation in the form of the 61 Mile Yard Sale, a three-day bonanza for us sale fanatics. I look forward to it every year, but this is the first time I’m on the path of minimalism. The next few days, I’m going to peruse some of the sites above and find others to help keep my eyes on the prize: not buying less, but buying better, buying happier. I’ll update you on my progress once it is all over.