Updated: Dec 16, 2020
At first, I was completely overwhelmed with my room, and from the pictures you'll understand why. The thought of people seeing these pictures makes my skin crawl, but I know there's so many of you out there, in the same deep ocean of all your clutter. If this blog post could be a life line, to even one person, than it has served its purpose!
Here‘s what my room looked like before...
YIKES!!! Since I worked from home, or technically anywhere with wifi, I would leave and work at the local Starbucks. Who in their right mind could get anything done in that mess?! At this point, I was only sleeping in my room, and using it for nothing else. It overwhelmed me so much, because I knew I needed to do something about it.
I'm proud to say, this is what the space looks like now...
So how did I transform everything into a livable space?! It took time, but the first step was to get rid of things I didn’t need!! The process of determining what items to throw away, consisted of question: “have I worn or used this item in the past 3 months?”. If the answer is no, then it’s time to let go of that item. This is a great rule to abide by when cleaning out or just in your every day life.
When it comes to selling furniture, you must understand that the majority of furniture will depreciate over time. Meaning, you will almost always sell furniture for much less than you paid for it. That was probably one of the hardest realities for me to accept. The 7 piece bedroom set that I received for graduation, wouldn’t fit in my room. Plus, it was very dark, bulky, and didn't really fit the style that I'd grown to love, so I knew it had to go!
I posted it on our city's Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook! If you've never looked into these pages, I highly recommend it! I have sold many of the items in my room through a Facebook group like that! I will say, if you decide to sell something on a page like this, make sure that you meet in a public place and bring a friend. If you're selling furniture and they're coming to your house make sure you have other people there with you!! #strangerdanger
So I posted the bedroom set, a clothing wrack, my old desk, my lamp, ect. Whenever I would sell something, I would put the cash in an envelope. After selling most of the items, I had about $1,200 to work with. I spent $600 to purchase a shelf, bed frame, desk, chest of drawers, and a couple storage bins. The rest went into savings! So my main points for you are:
1. Figure out which items you can part with, or that haven’t been used in the last 3 months, and sell them. Also ask yourself, "Is this adding value to my life?" If not, it can go!
2. Selling items on local marketplace or buy/sell/trade groups is a great way to sell things quickly and easily without having to drive long distances or pay for shipping.
3. Find your style by creating a board on Pinterest, to save pictures of what you want your room to look like! This will force you to be intentional when picking out new items for your new space.
Cheers to creating a peaceful sanctuary for yourself!! It is possible!