I am married to another self-confessed sentimental lunatic.
“What does that mean?” I hear you ask.
Well, I’ll tell you. I means that we hoard. Husband and I are absolutely terrible when it comes to placing emotional value on inanimate objects, which means that when decluttering our very storage-less house, we struggle.
“Oh no, we can’t get rid of that scrap of paper, Sausage might have breathed near it for two seconds last Tuesday!” is not an entirely unrealistic sentence to hear uttered in our house during spring cleaning bouts.
One thing that we did take a stand on recently though, was our media collection. The majority of what we watch and listen to is stored on very large harddrives on Husband’s PC, which is served to the main TV, Sausage’s TV, the iPad and the Nexus 7 via a wireless media server, meaning that we save space and have really flexible entertainment options in the house. What it also meant is that I could sell my old DVDs
That’s where Music Magpie came in. The website is super easy to use, we literally just spent an evening holding barcodes up to the webcam on my laptop, and we made over £50. Some of the items were only worth 50p, some of our rarer ones were worth slightly more but all of them were worth more than they were by just sitting on our shelf and taking up space! We printed off the forms, boxed them up and waited for the courier to collect them and it really was as easy as that. There are even smartphone apps which allow you to do the same thing using your device’s camera.
We’ve made ourselves some money, created some space on our shelves and ultimately helped the environment by preventing our rubbish from ending up in landfill. One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure and all that!