$100 Bill & other things I’ve found while decluttering

I’m not gonna lie and say it’s common to find $100 bills while decluttering, but it’s also not completely uncommon to find some cash. Yesterday I did find this $100 bill I had no clue I was missing.

Value Decluttering

 

I’ve also found $10 and $20 bills while decluttering before (and have clients who have done the same). Yet that’s been over the course of about three years.

 

I’ve found other things that were super exciting to me, like $10 worth of postage stamps (I love writing letters). But pretty much everyone gets excited about finding money! And I really didn’t think that would happen for me because I’m not the type to intentionally hide money from myself.

 

If finding $100 bills is your motivation for decluttering, you probably won’t stick with it for very long.

 

However, as I’ve been writing my book, I realized that I find more value in decluttering than even $100 a day. Meaning, even I feel someone offered me $100/day to quit decluttering, I wouldn’t do it. Especially right now while I’m in the process of moving!

 

And if you can gain that mindset of really valuing a clutter-free life, you’ll also be able to get rid of a lot of stuff… and maybe even find a hundred dollars along the way.

 

The Biggest Reason I’m Glad I Stopped being a Packrat

“You know books weigh a lot. And the military only pays for a certain amount of weight to be moved.”

That’s what my sweet fiancé said to me, a girl with an English degree, when we started moving my stuff to his house. (But it’s okay because everything else I move will be lightweight.)

Best Reason for Decluttering

I originally started this blog with the goal that before my 30th birthday, I’d own a tiny house.

Well, now I don’t need a tiny house, and I won’t be living alone in the house I move into before I turn 30.

I’m so grateful I won’t be dragging nearly as much stuff into my marriage as I would’ve had I gotten married just three years ago.

Even though there’s more I want to get rid of, I can easily do that along the way.

Now that I’m not a packrat, I have a better idea of what I like and use. I have fewer things for us to argue about. And I won’t be instantly making our lovely home look like a pigsty when I finish moving in.

Knowing that cleanliness levels can be something many couples get annoyed at each other for, I’m glad I’ve gotten to where our standards match up a lot better.

And I’m excited to reap the benefits for years to come.

We’ve now got over $150 in store credit at used bookstores from books we’ve gotten rid of. One of the things I love about my fiancé is that he enjoys reading, so now we’re able to buy books we’ll read together and it hardly costs a thing.

While I’m grateful for all the little things decluttering has helped me with…

  • being focused
  • practicing discipline
  • having space for important projects
  • being free from the concern and care of so many possessions
  • gaining new skills and interests

…those aren’t the main benefit I’ve gotten out of decluttering, although they greatly contribute to it.

The biggest reason I’m glad I stopped being a packrat is because of how it affects my relationships.

I meet so many amazing people that I get to teach about how to declutter, and I’ve learned from so many cool people that I never would’ve met otherwise.

I’ve given space back to family members whose houses my stuff had taken over.

Most of all, as I look at the ring on my finger, I’m so glad I got rid of items from my past to make room for new joys, new memories, and new people in my future.

 

Today’s Task: Try filling a grocery bag with items to get rid of, and think of how decluttering will slowly improve your relationships over time.