How Living With Just The Basics Has Made Me Happier

by Guest on September 29, 2016

Moving in with a partner can seem like a daunting task, but more so when they live in 230 square feet! Over the past month, my partner and I have moved in together with a space of only 230 square feet and we couldn’t be happier.

We’re so ecstatic because living in such a small space and saving money for the trip of a lifetime is forcing us to be more simplistic in our approach to life. We are keeping on the essentials in our home and we are getting rid of everything else.

As a woman, this means getting rid of many of my personal items and clothing that have accumulated over the past few years. The past three months have been a whirlwind, but I have managed to generate nearly $4,000 from selling my unessential items. For someone with a lot of possessions, this might sound like a travesty, but believe me when I say it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.

Only The Essentials In Mind & Material

One of the biggest advantages of living with just the basics is what it does to your mental state. While I was never opposed to an simplistic lifestyle, it has never been on my to-do list to get rid of all my belongings. What I’ve found is that it is not only incredibly easy, but also quite rewarding.

My partner has lived in 230 square feet for the past year and a half. He has even organized his nootropics and smart drugs business out of his space, which meant different supplements and brain enhancing powders laying all over the place. Today, we’ve had to both become more simplistic.

Beyond the money, we have found that getting to the essentials is actually far more freeing. Owning things (even what I thought were necessities) can often be more of a burden than anything. The material possessions begin to own you as the adage goes!

By now you may be wondering how I’ve been able to sell $4,000 worth of belongings and maintain a full time job (while doing side work as well). Here are a few of my best tips:

Sell clothing on apps – clothing is a big market for men and especially women. If you are trying to sell clothing, no need to do so on eBay or Craigslist as you will not get the proper value for them. Instead, look for apps like Poshmark and Mercari. These newer apps are focused primarily on clothes and will allow you to sell them at a premium.

If you on’t use it, sell it – our motto while we were cleaning out my old home and selling items was, if we do not use it over the course of 1 – 2 months then there is no reason to keep it. This even applied to huge suitcases and other items that were useful, but not essential.

Craigslist the rest – for the things that you can’t sell on clothing apps, generally Craigslist will offer some solace. Try to use Craigslist for bigger items (like bikes) and non-clothing. Even though you’ll get a cheaper crowd, it will still save you money on shipping and put cash in your pocket.

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