Do you need an incentive to get rid of some stuff?

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In these tough economic times it’s good to stop for a moment and think about what you’re spending your money on.

This ASIC Moneysmart Infographic reveals some interesting insights on the buying and selling habits of Australians which will open your eyes.

And when we consider the cost of ‘stuff’, what about the stuff we ‘store’ elsewhere. Who of you out there have had a good de-clutter of the home and have managed to retrieve some ‘real estate’ in our rooms by temporarily moving stuff ‘out’ of the house and into self-storage until you find the time to figure out what to do with it? Or maybe it’s a case of a death in the family and the quick fix of needing to store ‘inherited’ household items which fell into your life by default? Items that have sentimental value but no real use? Those items kept out of some kind of guilt or sense of duty to the loved ones who no longer need to worry about them.

Unfortunately, the false belief that ‘self-storage’ is a good stop-gap solution is not a good idea. One read of Max Wong’s article “5 Ways Self Storage Units Are More Sad Museums Than Savvy Solutions” will give you some incentive to think again and clear out some stuff. Especially if you don’t want to pay this problem forward to your children and their children etc. through the generations.

Inspired? then check out this Trading Post article on how to set a price for your goods; how to take great pictures to catch a buyer’s eye and how to create a great Ad to help you move your stuff out of your life and into someone else’s. Your kids and grandkids will thank you!

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