Uncollecting: How to donate, sell and re-home your stuff

Hello friends! As we ring in the new year, we'll be revisiting some of our favorite and most popular seasonal content to keep you organized and on track. Read on for our guide to uncollecting.... Cheers! 

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Feeling heavier after the winter holidays? Sure, you've just consumed 10,000+ extra calories—but you might also be experiencing a consumerism hangover. It's high time to consider your state and press reset with a post-holiday purge.

I'm talking gifts:
The quirky Dirty Santa present still in its box.
That sweater from your in-laws you'll never wear.
And yes, the sentimental gifts you appreciate but
just don't need.

I'm also talking stuff:
Your stuff.
It's time to uncollect some of it.

 Photo by danielsbfoto/iStock / Getty Images

But first, the basics:

 

Why we buy stuff 

We want it (aka: Treat Yourself).
We feel like we need it.
We use it to fill the holes of our insecurities.

 

Why we keep stuff

Our stuff is high-quality.
We spent good money on it.
Keeping it helps us avoid the feeling we might have made a bad purchase. 

 

DE-STIGMATIZing THE BAD PURCHASE

The loathing attached to a bad purchase can weigh you down every time you STILL haven't used that thing you bought. The reality is, you only use some things once (or maybe never), and that’s the end of your relationship. You wouldn't let a friend keep a closet full of old boyfriends, would you? Why keep a closet full of stuff you won't use?

When a purchase has outlived its useful life with you, let it go. Bye! 

 

GIFT
+
IMAGINED EXPECTATION
+
NO PLACE TO PUT it
=
BURDEN

 

Thirty years ago, my sister Anne gave me a large cedar chest as a college graduation gift. I recently downsized my home, and each time I try to find space for the chest where there is none, I wonder: Why am I doing this? A gift brings a moment of joy for the giver and receiver. Let an unneeded gift be that sweet, simple gesture, unburdened by the expectation you'll keep it forever. 

And now, my favorite ways to uncollect: 

 

PASS IT ON

Here are four worthy places to donate in Tulsa that might not be on your radar:

ANIMAL AID THRIFT STORE

DRESS FOR SUCCESS TULSA

WOMEN IN RECOVERY

AMVETS

 

Ca$h it in

It's not for everyone, but reselling pays if you've got the time and patience. A friend and experienced reseller tells me that quality clothing brings significant payouts on the digital platform PoshMark. For other items, eBay and Craigslist might not make you rich but usually bring higher returns than a garage sale. To consign or sell directly, try Tulsa's own SoBo Co., located at 1344 E. 11th St. in the Pearl District.

 Consign or sell your items directly to Tulsa's new SoBo Co., 1637 S. Boston Ave.

Consign or sell your items directly to Tulsa's new SoBo Co., 1637 S. Boston Ave.

 

CURB ALERT

For times when you just need it Gone. Most of us are sorely underutilizing this magical tool for disappearing things you think surely no one would want. A Craigslist curb alert will clear just about any item—or lots of items—from your yard within hours. Post it under "free" or in the appropriate category on the site.


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