Monday, January 18, 2016

How I downloaded some apps and took back some control

Last week I mentioned that I can probably live without 90 percent of what I own. This week, I'm putting my money where my mouth is.

Downsizing really does feel like an excellent way to get a grip on my life, my finances and my time. While everything else is beyond my control, this is something that I can touch. I can manage what comes in and out of my house.

Starting with the junk. And it seems there is a lot of it.

Thanks to, I discovered an app that has made short work of a large stack of DVDs. The movies moved into my house more than a year ago, traveling there in the same drawer they've lived in for years.

Decluttr could not be any simpler. Dust off that DVD, scan the bar code, and the app quotes you a price. But don't think you're going to get rich, even if your mound of movies is a mile high. It was more than a little disheartening to be offered 50 cents for a film I paid at least $15 for not so long ago.

All told, I'm packing them up and shipping them off to a new home for $30 in my pocket.

Bonus: Decluttr pays for the shipping. I'm giving this app five stars!

The eBay app is also coming in handy. I have a few auctions in the works, which are also super easy to set up. All you have to do is sign up, snap a few pics, set your price and wait for potential buyers to bid on your stuff. I was pleasantly surprised to see someone buy a pair of Chi Omega bid day t-shirts I had up for sale.

The only real work comes with shipping your goods to their new homes.

Sitting around doing nothing? Let's face it, loads of free time is a problem for the freshly fired. Surveys On The Go is a way to earn some cash while the clock ticks. Just sign up and the app will send you surveys that you'll be paid to take.  The only drawback is that sometimes, as I'm learning, the surveys are few and far between. I've earned a few bucks, enough for a cocktail, which will likely come in handy some day!

I have a long way to go to rid myself of the melange of mess that is cluttering my life and weighing me down. Not all of it is worth anything to anyone but me, and even that is debatable.

Any suggestions on how to get rid of household hodgepodge? I'll take your ideas and give them a shot!

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