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March Decluttering Challenge

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We have done two challenges this year: #NoSpendJanuary and Eat at Home February. And this week, I started thinking about March.

These challenges have really helped keep me focused on my goal of becoming debt free! So I turned to Google. And found several interesting ideas. But this is the one that really struck a cord for me.

#MarchDeclutter Challenge

With tax season here, it’s a great time to go through all your paper clutter, and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get organized to file your taxes. As much as I try to keep digital records, there are still paper receipts floating around.

Over the last few years as we downsized and became quite minimalist, I have gotten rid of alot of “extra” stuff including kids art projects and such. I still have alot of it around. Here’s one of my favorite displays with Gymnast art. We were given this antique “plate” display cabinet for free and I love it for displaying art.

But there is always room for change. So for the month of March, I am going to do a general de-clutter…room to room, closet to closet and cabinet to cabinet. Here are the steps I plan to take:

  • Divide the rooms, closets and cabinets across the month of March. So that I have a couple of days to tackle each location.
  • For my paper de-cluttering, I have already become a whiz at digitizing and storing it in my Dropbox account. I scan it using my iPad and then rename and organize it in my Dropbox folders.
  • For the kids’ art and artifacts, if it’s something I am ready to part with, I take a picture of it, again storing it in Dropbox. And then I will either gift it to someone else who might enjoy it or dispose of it.
  • For everything else, we will do regular runs to the local thrift store or create a listing on ebay to see if we can make some money.

I don’t anticipate a big change with this for us. But it will be a psychological lift to declutter just in time for spring cleaning.

What about you, are you up for a March Declutter challenge? Where will you start? What will you focus on?


Thoughts on Selling Wedding Rings

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Let me preface this post by saying that I am NOT ready to sell my ring(s) just yet. But I’d like to crowd-source some info and get opinions from those who have been there/done that on what worked or what to avoid.

Let’s talk rings. Engagement rings, specifically.

When hubs and I split up, we each kept our own rings. I typically wore just my wedding band – a thin solid gold band. While I LOVED my engagement ring, I found it to be a little too big and gaudy. It’d often snag fabrics and just get in the way in general. Plus, it was white gold and while I like the color white gold, the rhodium plating wears off with use (unlike a platinum band or yellow gold band, for comparison) so I never wanted to wear it when I was jogging or working out, etc. In total, I usually wore my actual engagement ring only once or twice a month. All the rest of the time, I just wore the solid gold wedding band.

When talking to a girlfriend recently, she brought up the idea of selling my engagement ring. Maybe it sounds naive, but the thought honestly had not even occurred to me. And although I don’t feel like I’m in a place to run out and sell my ring today…..I do think it’s prudent to start gathering information on the best ways to go about selling one’s old ring. I still have the original paperwork. The ring’s retail price was originally $6,000. Even if I could only sell it for half that amount….I could really use the $3,000-ish it might fetch.

But in talking to a couple other divorced ladies, many of them commented that they were only able to get a couple hundred bucks for their wedding rings. It doesn’t seem worth if if that’s the going rate. I definitely don’t expect to get retail value….but I’m not going to sell a $6,000 ring for $500 either.

What are your thoughts? Have you had good luck (or bad luck) with any specific sites or services? I’ve read that online resale is the way to go (in contrast to going to a local pawn shop or jewelry store where they just melt it down and give you the price of scrap gold). But it feels scary to sell a ring online – I’d want to make sure it’s a super reputable site, etc. I’d love to hear any tips or suggestions/recommendations the BAD readership may have!

 


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