Soooooo, it turns out that last year I made little enough money to barely pay my bills, but more than enough money to get the taxman all aflutter. Faced with the option of selling my car or selling my things to pay my taxes, I chose my things.
Well before I knew about my “tax situation,” I decided to sell all my Coach purses on Facebook to help justify buying handmade purses from Italy. Â In hindsight, I should have done my taxes first, as I could have used that money to take care of the problem, buuut whatâ€™s a procrastinator to do?
Anyhow, once I said goodbye to items that were essentially my beloved children, selling the rest of my crap was a lot easier.
Right around when I started getting serious about becoming the eBay Queen, I stumbled upon an article about a guy, Dave, who decided to minimize his life to 100 items, with great results and personal happiness. Â I decided that instead of calling my project â€œPay the Taxman,â€ I would call it â€œMinimize My Life and Be a Responsible Citizen as an Added Bonus.â€
It took away a bit of the sting.
The article has made my farewell process easier. Â While itâ€™s been great moving all six still-shrink-wrapped seasons of Sex and the City to seven different apartments (true story), I can probably stand to part with them. Â And my gorgeous Nine West python platform pumps that are a half size too big and have never been worn (except around the house 50 times while I begged them to shrink)? Â Well, itâ€™s time to send them to a loving home where someone with slightly bigger feet than me can rock them with a pair of medium-dark skinny jeans with a quarter-inch cuff.
Which, coincidentally, is in the listing description as a requirement for whoever purchases them.
good fantastic news is that it turns out the lies I’ve been feeding to my mom for years (she’s a stellar financial planner and is always on my case about my shopping “problem”) have been true, and myÂ insistenceÂ on purchasing name-brand goods “as an investment toward my future” has actually gotten a great return; I’ve raised nearly all the money I needed to pay my dues to society. Â In return, I want one patched pothole somewhere in the United States with my photo and a sign that reads, “Visions by Carlene paid a lot for this.”
Hereâ€™s a link in case anyone else wants to learn more about the 100 Thing Challenge, or is sweating their tax bill and need to come up with some creative fundraisers.