My rent increased by $70. I would have to sell a minimum of $840 worth of things just to break even for renting a second room just to store things to possibly sell. Now that I’ve learned the discipline of following through with my actions, by writing my first novel, I believe in my ability to achieve this two-pronged goal: sell that amount to make it profitable or sell enough things to propel me into a one-bedroom.
I’ll sell the easiest stuff first.
I have a stack of computers that I acquired free or cheap back when I was considering tinkering with old computers as my main hobby. If there’s anything I can’t test, I’ll check eBay for its price range, list it for a steady average price on craigslist, Letgo, and Offerup, then keep dropping the price until it’s free. If no one wants it for free, I’ll donate them. There’s a local computer repair and recycle place where I’ll buy parts when I need them that can either resell or scrap them. I’d give it my best effort. Nothing else to be concerned about.
Through that process, I’ll clear up more space.
My biggest selling hindrance during my previous year living in the apartment-mansion was the lack of space I had for staging photos to sell. I will soon change that with a nice butcher-papered table for staging shots from multiple angles. I’ll take photographs of the four listings of things I’ve already posted at the new selling table, with the new photos, to see if they’ll get any further response. I have one listing that I had for free that no one wants, but I just had a brief listing with one humble photo.
If that doesn’t work, away it goes to the thrift store.
Many of the items I’ve had stored away in the spare bedroom, my storage room, I haven’t even unboxed from when I packed them away over one year ago now, which is common for everyone. Back when I had everything out, I may have taken for granted that I owned everything. Now, I might open up a box of things once treasured, look through it, and decide that nothing in it is really worthwhile for the “me” that lives in the apartment-mansion, that wrote the novel, and that plans to start a publishing business soon.
The “me” that packed everything away was a different “me.”
That “me” was just coming to terms with a life more decisively led, where decisions you make whether good or bad will change your life completely. I decided to change my life in a direction away from the old place, which landed me in the apartment-mansion, which is a nice place, but will it be nice when there’s an additional $100 per month added on, for next year’s renewal?
I wasn’t able to clear out enough stuff this year to make the decision.
If the storage room were basically empty, where I could compact everything down into less than a one-bedroom apartment, then I would have the flexibility to move into a cheaper place. I can afford the extra rent, however, I would prefer to invest that money into the business, myself, or even long-term investments. I am throwing that money away that I could have otherwise put into, say, printing a batch of novels, digital or print advertising, and anything else that could propel my writing career.
I don’t even think I have $840 worth of sellable items…
It would be a curious experiment to tally the number of items I sell, and for how much, although I would keep those numbers private. A year-end follow-up, in about a year, might be nice – so I made a note of it on my private calendar. I have this feeling that even if I were to sell as aggressively as I could, I might not even break $500. Whereas I can make that money, vocationally, outside of paying for rent or necessities over the course of x-number of weeks, and I imagine that given enough time, I could eventually learn that money through the publishing business.
I am headed in the right direction now.
I have four months until I start writing my second novel to sell or donate as much in the apartment-mansion as I would want to have around during the four-month fiction-writing cycle I’ll set aside for myself, which is so long because I’ll have padding time to still let me sell some things casually, but just won’t be the time for major infrastructure changes.
Let’s spitball some predictions now.
If I wasn’t impaired by any debilitating headaches, then by the end of January, I should have gotten rid of all the untestable computer stuff and cleared out some other things. As we covered, the computer stuff was part of an old hobby, and if I can sell or give them to other hobbyists, that’s great, otherwise, away they go.
Since this is February, I should be selling the old media.
I have many movies or videogames that I feel comfortable knowing I won’t be interested in experiencing in the next five years. I have to be OK with getting rid of these things, even if there’s a potential yearning to experience them later. I can always buy them again!
March will be for selling off old toys.
Anything that doesn’t immediately interest me or inspire me should go. There’s no point in owning things like that. It may be regrettable to sell at a loss, but since we’re trying to recoup any lost revenue, where I’m burning $70 per month for “storage costs,” any amount will do.
April, then, should be to clean up everything here.
If I sell anything over $600 to a party, then I’ll have the 1099-MISC documentation covering that, along with business documentation, with my tax advisor. I’ll be slowing down any sales through this month, so I can focus on writing from May through August.
September through February should be more rigorous versions of the above.
|Sources: My personal experiences.|
|Inspirations: Sometimes, it’s good to establish a baseline statement like this to say that in one year, I should be cleared out to either move out or to move on.|
|Related: Other Selling Zeal essays.|
|Picture: This picture didn’t cost me $840 to make.|
|Written On: 2019 December 29 [31 minutes. From 12:46am to 1:17am. Gdocs.]|
|Last Edited: 2020 January 09 [Possible edits adapting from Gdocs to WordPress. Would this be the second draft, then?]|