Wanted: loving caretaker of stuff I no longer need

This was the “before” picture for a client I worked with in July. Yes, the Christmas tree is still up.

So we’ve all heard of Craigslist, Ebay, Freecycle, Goodwill, and consignment stores but I’d like to show you a new way to sell the stuff that you’ve eliminated from your home or, better yet, “how my stuff can find a good home.” One of the biggest obstacles people have to shedding the extraneous “junk” from their lives is the feeling of guilt associated with letting it go. Hoarders especially will experience panic attacks that their gazillion thing aren’t being properly cared for or won’t be appreciated by anyone else. There is guilt associated with acknowledgng that you need to let go of something that might have cost you a lot of money or was given to you by a friend or family member. My very sweet and admirable grandmother at 94 won’t let a plate, bowl, or scarf leave her already crowded home unless it is going to be loved and appreciated by someone. I think we can all relate to wanting other people to share in the joy a previously owned object brings us (see post here on the 3 lives of a wedding dress) but remember it is just stuff. The stuff doesn’t define who you are; your experiences and how you choose to live your life does.

So here is another way you can let your stuff go that might make parting more sweet with less sorrow: http://www.shook.co. This is a site that allows you to buy and sell to your community of friends on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter with ease and confidence that it will be seen. You can post your stuff easily or even just look at other stuff that is listed and share it with friends that might also like it, or maybe you just want to let them know what you’d like for your birthday. Shook.co also blogs about some of the objects posted to further explain or describe some of the objets d’art. I will say that I have not used this site personally but I plan to in the future. This is not a paid post but I just think it is a great idea and a little less intimidating than going through the lengthy Ebay posting process.

Let me know if you’ve heard of Shook.co or used them recently. Also, what do you think is the best way to get rid of stuff you’ve accumulated but want to find a happy home in which to place it?

Happy organizing!


35 thoughts on “Wanted: loving caretaker of stuff I no longer need

  1. I arrived in america 6 years ago with four suitcases, I hate too much stuff, hate it! I could probably leave with three. Oh I am sad! But throwing out rubbish makes me feel fantastic. I have not heard of Shook. I run a small sustainable farm, space in limited so we are very careful to only buy what we want to stay on the farm forever.. we try to reuse most things.. i am fascinated by your blog and look forward to reading more.. c

    • That is difficult and I think we all have to deal with this at some time in our lives. Maybe you could put yourself in the shoes in the person who gave you the gift and think of what you would want in that situation. I know I wouldn’t want someone to keep a gift that brought them down emotionally. Maybe you can pass it on to some one who would me like and appreciate the gift?
      Good luck!

  2. I have a small pile of stuff I’m looking to get rid of. I’ve been meaning to put sell it online for $1 reserve but haven’t gotten around to it. It’s not about the money, I just don’t want to throw out stuff that could be used by someone else.

    • I think a lot of people feel like you do. Have you thought of donating the stuff to a charitable organization? I can offer you some suggestions, if you’d like, of places hat could take your stuff and make it available to others who might need it. Happy organizing!

      • We donate all used clothing to charities, as there are a few charity shops near us but the things that are worth a bit more we usually sell online. When I sell something I feel better about what I’ve already spent on upgrading it.

  3. Loved this! I am an OCD-almost neat-nick that has purposely backslid. Trying to make order out of chaos is exhausting! But I still hate having too much “stuff.” That’s draining to me. Nice post, will check this out further. And thank you for stopping by my travel blog! I appreciate the support.

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