How to deal w/ things that I think 'have value'
Just stumbled upon this forum -- usually I read the decorating and kitchen boards. I love the idea of decorating and styling my house, but the truth is that it's too cluttered and there are too many other things that need to get done before I can decorate. Like a lot of other people here (and in the other forums!), we have lots of unfinished projects. But here's an example - my DH bought a new, programmable thermostat to replace our old dial one. His dad can put it in for us. But the house is so messy that we don't want to have him over to do it yet! Other rooms are just victims of "a work in progress." I got a lot of ideas and comfort from the posts here. I love lists and I am going to take my lists to the next level -- I'm writing one for each room and taping it to the wall. Hopefully it will stop us from feeling overwhelmed if we can look at it and take small steps, then cross off each accomplishment. It's worth a try.
My main question is this: my issue with purging is that I am always afraid that the thing has value. I have donated lots of stuff, but we lived with those things in boxes for a while, wondering if we should have a garage sale instead. Finally I realized that it would be a lot of work and we are better off just dropping it at the Goodwill and adding the receipt to our taxes for next year. But I still can't shake the feeling of things having value, and I would love to break through this. When I go through my closet, I think that some of the clothes could earn a little money at the consignment shop. So then the problem becomes which one is the best consignment shop to deal with? Same with books, CDs, knick knacks, etc. I look at them and think, "someday I'll put them on CL or ebay." ... but it doesn't happen. I even have toiletries that I don't use, but it's way too hard to just throw them away. How do I get past this? We aren't in a financial crisis where I need to make money off of these things, but I am in an emotional crisis that I can't get rid of it since there's a nagging part of me that I could earn something from it. Anyone else deal with this, and if so, how do you triumph from it? I really want to get to the point where our stuff is manageable, easier to access and enjoy, and not having such a stronghold on my daily life.
Sigh. Thank you again for the hints and links and everything. Have a great weekend.