Swick, I feel for your husband. I have a very hard time throwing useful (or potentially useful) things in the garbage. Most things I feel okay taking to the local thrift shop, but of course they won't take everything.
At first I thought all of her instructions about how to properly fold clothes were silly, but I decided to follow those on faith just to try it out. Wow! It is amazingly better. I am making much better use of all of the clothes I have now as nothing hides on the bottom of a pile.
And my son seems on board with this whole process. When he wants something new, he now realizes his options are 1) wait for Christmas of his birthday, 2) raise the money somehow himself through work, or 3) sell something! Since he is currently in the long void until Christmas, and I don't pay him more for things like yard work than I think it's worth, selling something is highly on his radar. The catch is that I have to agree we should sell whatever it is, and he has to help me take pictures and write the Craigslist posting.
He has been wanting something for the past couple of weeks that costs about $100. He has only $5, so his creative juices are flowing. He suggested selling my dresser the other day, which I thought was hilarious. It is big, really nice, and would likely fetch a pile of cash, and the irony of the whole situation is that selling the entire bedroom set is on my to-do list once he goes off to college when I downsize my house. I laughed and noted that I actually use the dresser to store my clothes so he needed to look around, perhaps in his room, and think of something else. He then suggested an alternative of something that is more "his" (the late lizard's habitats), which he thought that would be easier to sell and it's just as likely to get the amount of money he needs. We'll probably have to sell the old fish tank, too, to make what he needs. Which means, alas, no more potential for future lizards or fish. It's a win-win, I tell you.