Now that we’ve gotten the touchy feely stuff out of the way, it’s time to get down to business. Our ToDo list is huge. Almost overwhelming. Task number one is to start selling our ‘Stuff’. We’ve accumulated a fair amount of items over the past five years. Normal things; flatscreen TV, furniture, decorations, sports equipment and general clutter. There are a few options for getting rid of it including Good will, sell online or gift to friends.
In our spreadsheet for executing The Sailing Around the World Plan we have listed our physical assets; House, Car, Motorbike, and Other. For ‘Other’ we put $1,000 thinking we were grossly underestimating. To date I have sold a Tile Saw ($30), Espresso Machine ($80), Specialized Boat Part ($80) and a Speaker set($40) for a grand total of $230.
These were some of our higher value items. There remains a lot of decor, furniture and clutter. Reality is that most of our stuff has little monetary value. The only place you can sell it is online such as Craigslist where people simply aren’t willing to pay top dollar for anything. Rightfully so. So you’re left with either intrinsic and sentimental value. That bicycle you own is probably worth 25% of the original purchase price. It’s of great value to you because it works perfectly fine and get’s you around, but if you try and sell it, you take a major hit.
This entire experience has me re-evaluate the process of getting rid of our stuff. Posting ads online takes forever and only really makes sense for the high value items. Maybe the best way to go about this is to simply sell our house furnished. It shows nicely and considering its a townhouse, we’ll likely be selling to first time buyers. We didn’t have a lot of furniture when we bought this place so that may just work out. Hope is eternal.
That said, things are progressing nicely. Closets are being cleaned out. It’s amazing the amount of crap you collect; Receipts and paperwork from 5+ years ago, clothing that doesn’t fit because it shrunk (or more likely, got too fat), old snowboard gear, decor and just general nicknacks. If we weren’t leaving we’d do the typical thing; Get a bigger house, 2 car garage, 2nd car and keep piling stuff in. It’ll be interesting to see how things change once we get back to land. Feels good regardless.