When moving day comes around, instead of packing up all your old crap in boxes, entrepreneur Marshall Haas suggests selling everything and starting from scratch. It may sound like a step backwards, but if you know what you’re doing, you can actually make decent money selling your old stuff.
Once you’ve done that, you have a nice nest egg to upgrade, and you might find that you’re happier with the new stuff if you’re forced to buy it:
From clothes to couches, I found myself attracted to a different style than I had before. Also, a nice side effect of one shopping spree is getting everything to match.
When you begin replacing things, start by only buying what you miss. Maybe a couch, a TV, and a bed, and then continue. It’s how you’ll make sure to only buy what is essential. Years of junk builds up fast, you’ll be amazed at what you owned, but never used.
Obviously, this approach isn’t for everyone. The value of selling all your things depends heavily on the value of things being sold. And, of course, you’ll find there are some things that you just can’t bear to live without. The process of ruthless reduction of resources, however, can force you to realise what really matters.
Sell Everything [Marshall Haas]