The popular television show ‘Hoarders’ has a wide audience among eBay sellers and has raised awareness of the issues surrounding hoarding, including some mental illnesses that contribute to it. But almost every eBay seller shares the fear that at some point their ‘inventory’ has taken over their life.
Are you in danger?
If you or the other people who live in your house are unhappy with the everyday conditions, regardless of whether you would qualify for a show episode or not, you ARE in danger. This is your HOME and should be a relaxing and welcome respite from the outside world where students and daily workers spend the majority of their time.
A recent article by PowerSelling Mom Danna Crawford in Practical eCommerce, “Don’t Become an eBay Selling Hoarder,” suggested some great organizational ideas & tools.
I’d like to go a little deeper. Your home is YOUR base. Whether it is an apartment, condo, single family home or perhaps you share a home with other family members, it should be a place you feel comfortable, relaxed and happy. Take a “realtor’s tour” of your home with your iPhone or Flip Video cam and, starting at the front door, go through your home talking through the ‘tour’ about how each area makes you feel.
Later as you can watch the video on your computer, make a priority list of areas that make you anxious, guilty or otherwise unhappy. As an eBayer myself, I’m guessing one of the top areas is the place where you ran out of room for your inventory and it kind of took over the house. Corral that mess! Use Danna’s ideas of segregating inventory and even tossing much. But more than that, replace that clutter with something that makes you smile. It might just be the fact that you have a dining room table again that brings the smile, LOL, but it could be an inexpensive candle ON the dining room table.
Whatever it takes, you and your family deserve it. So corral all that excess, remember every single doo-dad and widget you have takes TIME away from important things like your family and your business. Time to clean them, keep them from breaking, move them around occasionally and time to worry about whether they belong here or there, should be sold or WHAT will the children do with them. Do they make you smile when you look at them? Then put them in a place of honor and look at them every day. IF not, pitch those time suckers and move on.
What is YOUR best idea for dealing with the clutter that comes from being an online seller?
This guest post is by Kat Simpson. Kat is a trusted eCommerce author, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is an eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, as well as a successful Amazon merchant. Currently Kat is the co-host of popular weekly eCommerce Podcast FBARadio.