Monday, August 19, 2019

Moving to Mexico: Yes, You Can Have It All, Just Not All At One Time

Cathedral in Puebla, Mexico

I have looked at my financial situation up, down, over and under, and unless something drastic happens in the next 11 months, I won't be able to move to Mexico in July of 2020. That's o.k., though, because it gives me a chance to have a year of what was my first dream; van dwelling.

I have the money to buy a van now, or at least a vehicle. With said vehicle, I can make money doing my thrift store flipping and curb shopping trash-to-treasure business. In the meantime, I still have a bedroom full of boxes of stuff I have to get rid of, so here's the plan for the next year.

Hoarded Room (Not Mine)


Selling My Stuff

I have some nice stuff and some not-so-nice, but sellable stuff. I live in a college town, and students are always looking for bargains. They don't care about having nice stuff, just stuff that will last for a few years until they graduate. I've done well picking up things from beside the dumpsters around here and reselling them, but lately, there just isn't much good stuff left behind. Our complex doesn't have as many students as most in this area, so what I need to do is be able to look elsewhere. I have a Goodwill 2 blocks away, but I can only get small items without a vehicle, thus, wanting the van.

Since I have boxes and boxes of stuff, some of it sellable, I'm going to turn getting rid of it into a business. 

Turning the Bedroom Into a "Warehouse"

I'll need to invest a bit of money to get this set up, but my plan is to remove all the boxes from the bedroom and set up shelving to store all my items. I already have a desk in there, so I can just use that as my "office," where I will list all my items on Craigslist. Why Craigslist? Because I want cash sales. We'll discuss why later.

Along with the stuff in the boxes, I can also start buying small items from Goodwill, and once I get my vehicle, from other stores as well as from curbside. But the first order of business is to clear as much of the stuff in the boxes as possible. 

What Do I Do With The Money?

The money I earn will go back into the business, to buy things I need to transition from a Craigslist business into an eBay business. Why do I want to do that? Because once I'm on the road, I can keep doing this business to make extra money. It won't be huge, but in my travels, I can pick up small items and mail them out, or I can do something I've always wanted to do and make beaded jewelry to sell. I can even do drop-shipping if I want. There are so many possibilities with an eBay business.

That is the basic plan to make money while getting rid of my boxes of clutter. 

Do you have a hoard? This could be a viable business opportunity for you too, where you could sell what you have while clearing your house of your hoard. You can start small, do it at your own pace, and soon have lots of money in the bank, and no more clutter in your house.

Would you like to hear more about this, and about how you can have a better, less cluttered life by turning your hoard clearing into a business? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll work on making it a regular feature.

Image Credits:
Cathedral, Puebla, Mexico: Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0] Wikimedia Commons
Hoarded Room - By Shadwwulf at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0

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