Creating a More Intentional Home with Facebook Marketplace
Thank you Facebook Marketplace for sponsoring this post. There’s something for everyone!
If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you might know that I’m constantly on a quest to simplify my life by simplifying our home. That started in my closet by getting rid of the clothes I no longer wear and only keeping the things I really love. (I haven’t started adding anything to my smaller wardrobe, though, which means most of the time you can find me in one of two or three sweaters.)
After I tackled my wardrobe, I moved on to our bedroom and got rid of all the clutter that was laying around on our dressers and bathroom counters. I found bags, watches, and other little knick knacks that were still in great condition, but I never wore or used anymore, so I started taking stock of it so I could sell it. I don’t know about you, but when I say “sell it,” I mean put it in a garbage bag and stick it in the corner for months until I can’t stand to look at it anymore, and then I drive it to a donation center because I never got around to listing any of it anywhere.
Luckily this summer, my friend Tina mentioned that she was getting hooked on browsing Facebook Marketplace listings and finding things she loved for their house and growing family, so when I got back home from a trip to visit her, I decided to finally check it out. Not only was there a ton of great stuff for sale, but I had finally found a platform that was easy to use to sell my own items that had been taking up space in my home and mind.
I’m a big advocate of trying to find stuff used before buying it new, especially when it comes to baby gear--we bought Sophie’s crib from a family who didn’t need it anymore, and my sweet aunt who has a collection of swaddles always let us borrow hers until we figured out what exactly worked for us. And while it’s not exactly a baby item, I was able to list and sell our old coffee table on Facebook Marketplace just a couple of days after I realized it wasn’t exactly conducive to a mobile baby who was excited to pull up onto everything (we knew we wanted to get a coffee table ottoman so she wouldn’t bump her head on it if she fell, but we were stalling because we didn’t know what to do with our current table).
It was seriously so easy to snap a few photos on my phone, upload them to Facebook Marketplace (without having to create a new account or anything, you can just use your existing profile), and start getting messages of inquiry from people whose profiles I could screen before responding. I met an interested buyer at a pizza place we frequent and she paid for the table and left with it--it was awesome.
Now I joke that nothing in our house is safe--I’ve already sold a watch to someone else and there are a couple more bags hanging out on my desk that I hope to get rid of soon. I was able to put the money I made on the coffee table towards a new, more kid-friendly piece of furniture, and we (me, Rob, Sophie, even Ender) really couldn’t be happier with it!
What will you find (or sell!) this holiday season?