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Operation: Consolidation

The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life, it is so easy to make it complex. – Yvon Chouinard

There are hundreds of stories out there of people leading a minimalistic lifestyle, or a nomadic lifestyle, however, this is not one of them.  But I am sampling their ideas as they have proven very motivational as ways to both simplify your life as well as reduce the amount of useless clutter.

This operation is the documentation of my attempt to get all of the clutter out of my life, and out of my attic, while providing motivation and momentum to this project, and ensuing ones.


Originally inspired by stories such as Cult of Less and Joel Runyon’s Blog of Impossible Things, I needed to jump start some projects that have been kicking around in my head, and start to generate some momentum.  I needed to be someone who stopped talking about things, and just started doing them.  Without getting too crazy too quickly, I have started using a few tools such as Mint and Evernote to consolidate these ideas, generate to-do lists, and document my goals.

Two of my top goals for the near future are to be debt free (not counting house and car) and also to reduce all of the excess possessions that I carelessly hold on to for no apparent reason.  It is not out of necessity that I keep these items around, it is more due to laziness. Laziness to do anything about it.  So, with that in mind, I started the idea of Operation: Consolidation as my first goal.


What is a successful project without a defined plan?

After starting Operation: Consolidation, I had a plan in my head.  As the first week went by, the plan started to evolve.  Now 2 weeks into it, it is time to publicly define a plan in order to keep me motivated, as well as to help others plan their own operation, as well as keep me to task.

Because this is a revolving project, and not one with set start/end or target dates, these are the rules that I will be basic my operation on:

  • Find and document all items
  • Define category of item (donate, sell, keep, trash)
  • Photograph all items
  • Post all items to Operation: Consolidation blog
  • Set pricing for all items at ideal sale price and lowest sale price
  • Do not list items selling for under $10 on Craigslist.
  • Items under $10 sale price go straight to donate pile
  • Identify key words for advertisements
  • Post all sale items to Craigslist at ideal sale price
  • After 10 days if unsold on Craigslist, delete and recreate advertisement at lower price
  • If item falls below $10 on Craigslist advertisement, move item to donate pile and update blog accordingly


December 15, 2010

With the quick research and countless hours of deciding how to attack this very situation, I am quite pleased with the progress that has been made in such a short amount of time.

I have successfully gone through my entire attic and garage worth of items and split them out into piles for donation, keep and sell.  Currently, I am in the process of arranging all of the items to sell, documenting what I have, as well as doing my research on how much I should expect to get for everything so I can have an educated guess as to a price that will sell these items quickly, without giving away the farm.

December 17, 2010

First item from the operation, SOLD!

December 26th, 2010

Updated page with Planning section and better categorzation

December 27th, 2010

First donations taken over to GoodWill

Donate Pile Round 1

January 3rd, 2011

The progress continues, sold both the ATV listed here, as well as my wife’s! I have my garage back!

January 12th, 2011

Not much sold in the past week due to our vacation, however, listings updated, few more things added to the donate pile. Progress continues!

January 17th, 2011

Just sold my Chevy S10 pickup.  My first car.  Very bittersweet moment.

January 22nd, 2011

Getting down to the end. A few things left to go here in our last 2 weeks in CA.

The List

If I am selling it, keeping it, donating it, or even considering it, you will find it detailed here.  If you or anyone you know would be interested in these items, please let me know by emailing me.

For Sale

Custom Rollerblades – $25 SELL

Custom women’s rollerblades.  Few years old, Flite boot, custom chassis and Hyper wheels.  Juliet’s old set from working with Hyper Wheels and used for testing and recreation.  One minor scuff on one boot and the same boot needs a lace.  Bearings are in great condition and wheels are brand new.


NASCAR Program 1999 California 500 – $10 SELL

From the 1999 running of the California 500 in Fontana, CA at the California Speedway, original program in MINT condition.  Comes with plastic cover that has been used to store program since 1999.


HP Laptop Bag – $10 SELL

HP Laptop bag is brand new in box/bag.  Will fix 14″-15″ laptop with no problem while also fitting power cord/brick and a standard notebook.  Never used, combination of leather/cloth, in perfect condition



Fox Riding Boots – Mens Size 11 – $75 SELL

Mens Size 11 Fox riding boots.  Worn twice, otherwise, absolutely brand new.  Paid over $175 brand new.  These run a bit small, so a size 11 should fit someone who wears a Mens size 10 shoe. Sacrificing these for $75, just have nowhere to use them anymore.


Fox Riding Boots – Mens Size 8 – $75 SELL

Mens Size 8 Fox Riding boots.  Worn twice, these were my wife’s boots.  She wears a womens size 7 shoe, so these run a bit small.  Paid $175 brand new, barely used and in perfect condition.



Bowflex TreadClimber TC 3000 – $750 SELL

Originally purchased for $2000 less than 4 years ago, we just do not get enough usage out of the TreadClimber to really justify keeping it or moving it with us across the country.  This is perfect for someone with a home gym, or someone who is looking for a good workout in the comfort of their own home.  Works like new, perfect condition, absolutely no problems.  Can be set up in TreadClimber mode, or in a locked position where it functions like a treadmill. Variable speeds up to 4mph as well as it will track your calories and total distance/steps.


Sony DVD Player – $15 SELL

Selling a few year old Sony DVD player + Remote.  Component outputs as well as Optical audio out.  In complete working order, just do not need it with my new BluRay player.  Also selling a lot of DVDs, buy both together for a discount


Picnic Basket Set – $10 SELL

Selling a Picnic basket set that we bought a few years ago and never used. Still brand new in the plastic bags. Box has been opened, but the picnic baskets never used.

Comes with 3 various sized wicker and leather baskets, perfect for any occasion.


Sold Items

1991 Chevrolet S10 Project Truck – $500 SOLD

Finally parting with my first car, a 1991 Chevy S10 that needs some love.  Salvaged title, but tons of work done to it.  Truck has been sitting for 2 years, with a little TLC, a new spark plug wire, new gas, will run beautifully. Too many upgrades to detail here, check out the Craigslist link.  Perfect car for someone who wants a small project or a father/son project as a first car.

LG Flatron 22″ LCD Monitor – $150 OBO SOLD

After upgrading last year to some new monitors, this one has been relegated to backup at my office, so, here is your chance to get an awesome quality 22″ LCD monitor for cheap.  $150 OBO and it still works like new. Comes with a power cable and DVI cable if you need.

2006 Troy Lee Designs Polaris Predator 500cc ATV (Package) – $2500 OBO SOLD

2007 Polaris Predator 500ccMy loss, your gain. Like new 2006 Predator 500cc, under 5 hours on the bike.  Needs a new battery and a fuel flush and it will be good as new. Comes with F/R Dirt tires, rear sand paddles, as well as an Adult Male Medium jersey/pants set with size 10 Fox Racing Boots.


PlayStation 2 + Logitech Wireless Controllers – $50 SOLD

Sony Playstation 2 gaming console system, complete with 8MB memory card for saving your games, as well as 2 Logitech Wireless controllers, 2 wired controllers, controller 4-way adapter and 6 games.


17″ Chevrolet Wheels – $250 OBO SOLD

These 17″ wheels came off of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 1500 LT.  On the truck for approximately 2 years, there is no curb rash and they come complete with center caps and lug nuts.

Will fit any full size Chevrolet/GMC truck with 6 lug pattern.

Golf Digest Chipping Net & Practice Balls – $5 SOLD

Brand new and in the package still, a complete set of chipping net and practice balls, this set is perfect for the avid golfer that wants to practice in the back yard, or work on his/her swing without paying to go to the driving range.


Lot of 31 DVDs – $30 SOLD

Selling 31 DVDs, most used, some new in plastic, all in good condition, all work/play.

These are duplicates I have. At a minimum of value of $450 new, I am letting them go for less than $1 each. Most places sell “bargain” DVDs for $5 each. $30 for the lot.

Kept Items

Donated Items



Leave a Comment
  1. Bryan / Dec 16 2010 6:57 am

    Interesting project and sounds like something that we ought to do sometime. I’m somewhat of a pack-rat and hang onto a lot of stuff for anything from “I may need it later” to sentimental reasons.

    I’d be interested in the monitor, but don’t really have a need for it at home. I could use it at work, but they’re iffy about personal items here anymore… especially when it comes to IT-related stuff.

    • Justin Hamlin / Dec 16 2010 8:14 pm

      Ya know B, I just decided that those boxes in the attic, those boxes of “memories” were nothing obviously too important to me. Only time I would reminisce on them would be when I opened the box to make sure the label on the outside was correct when we were moving.

      So, I went through it all. Tossed away a lot of stuff. Honestly, I feel no different today about it than I did 3 days ago when I still had it. If anything, I feel better. I feel a sense of accomplishment. I am looking forward to getting my 15 boxes down to 2.

  2. Jenny / Dec 16 2010 8:09 pm

    Cool project. I wish you the best of luck.

    • Justin Hamlin / Dec 16 2010 8:11 pm

      Thanks Jenny. It has been a lot of work, but fun so far. I believe I will make my first sale tomorrow! 1 item down, who knows how many to go!

  3. Alisa Watkin / Dec 17 2010 2:59 pm

    So yopu guys are moving? Where and when?


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