|Season 1 – Tuesday – 24/01/23|
|The Madness of The Spreading Bleak|
|I love willow trees. They are like whispers of romance in a dark gothic novel that Mary Shelley might pen. Although, according to an American tourist l overheard a week or so ago, “Well dang, that just looks haunted, don’t it now?”|
Yes, it does, or maybe just bleak! I thought.
|We are two days into the bleak week, and l am the first to concede that it is pretty depressing. But what isn’t depressing about everything anyway? The weather forecasters are also calling this weather ‘bleak week.’|
The last twelve-plus months have spiralled down into this bleak contagion. Sure l keep my motivations as high as able, but still, you know?
The Bleakness Madness, as l now term it, is everywhere l look. People have bleak looks on their faces, and cars have lost their shinies and now have a gloomy shade. The overall attitude is one of general bleakness.
As to my world, well, l am just or, instead, we – Sue and l are just keeping busy and trying not to allow the overall tiredness of life to suck and sap our energy levels and trust me, it is challenging. But additionally, we don’t have time to be depressed or sad and down in the dumps, and as long as we are not dead or dying, life is just too short to be thinking the end is nigh!
The decluttering of Willow is long and oft detailed and thorough, and the selling of said clutter is also taking longer as bleakness and financial worry and strains are critical factors to making sales, so tweaking [a word l have a fondness for] is rife with my advertising. The secret for me is a fewfold to making it happen profitably.
Finding the sweet spot, Letting go of one’s attachment or emotions to things, Good photos and descriptions and Politeness, and yet even these key ingredients are not enough. Of course, it’s all just stuff and stuff you don’t want anymore, and you want it gone, so this has to be calculated into pricing. You don’t want to give things away, and if possible, l try not to trash items as that adds more shite to the rubbish piles.
If you price it too cheap, you have those who want everything for nothing and still try to barter you down, so you work on finding the balance between a low and high price with room for bargaining in your favour. Facebook is now filled with scammers and manipulators who make a lot of money ripping people off.
The last course of action for failing sales is to award it to charity, but charity, first and foremost, begins at home, and we are still in the current climate. None of us is free of it. Also, charity is no guarantee either, and they are becoming pickier in what you can donate!
January is a poor cash month, an excellent credit month [think January sales], but it’s usually only at the end of the month that you see the cash sales. So no need to be too glum just yet.
The decluttering started at the beginning of the month and is stretching towards the end. I have twelve active listings and did have fourteen, but I have made some small sales already. I have more adverts to list today, and this week l need some brighter weather to take the photos and not all this bleak grey yuck seeping through the windows.
It isn’t good weather outside as it is sadly grey. Yet Suze and l decided yesterday to recommence the walking, and we managed one yesterday morning and today too.
Also, yesterday we sat down and discussed finances which is never a great conversation under normal circumstances, never mind mad grey and bleak days. But we managed to draw up a twelve-point battle plan on a giant whiteboard, so all good. We outlined ways of making more income through sales and selling, writing and working, gardening and composting, etc.
Let’s not pretend it’s not tight for everyone because it is. However, to echo others here, “Roll on spring!”
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