Last Friday and Saturday was our neighborhood garage sale. We do this once a year and it was a great opportunity for me to get rid of a lot of the things I’ve been purging. It gave me a deadline and a goal to accomplish the 60 day challenge that I had set for myself.
I spent a good deal of time over the past month or so gathering items to sell, and at the last minute, remembered that I had not gone into my storage area. I quickly pulled a few items out of there on Friday morning and this bolstered my inventory. Forgot about the twin bed frame that was there (left over from when I redecorated my niece’s room). We also decided to get rid of most of our yard equipment, since we are hiring a lawn service this year. And finally we decided to clear out some of the basement furniture to prepare for hopefully replacing our living room furniture and moving the current furniture down there.
I had read a few blogs and discussed some pricing strategies with friends who held regular garage sales and spent Thursday evening setting the items up on tables inside the garage and putting on price stickers. We borrowed a clothing rack from a friend and I had another rack. I put all those clothes that the consignment shop wouldn’t take on these racks and priced them all at $2 each or 3 for $5. My goal was to make a little money, but more importantly GET RID OF STUFF!! I had a basket full of shoes also at $2 each. I didn’t really set up a store front, but I did try to group items by category… sporting goods on one table, household/kitchen items on another, etc. It seemed to work because I had several comments on how organized it looked. I also decided (great advice from a friend) to hold my prices pretty firm on Friday on the good stuff, since I still had Saturday also to sell it at a lower price. This worked out very well. And I even had one lady who offered a lower price on the twin bed and said if I didn’t get a better offer to call her and she would come back for it – I didn’t and she did!
Friday was a better day than Saturday. The professionals come on Fridays to buy our trash and turn it into someone else’s treasures. We also benefitted from 2 other neighborhoods nearby having their sales the same weekend. We sold a LOT of stuff, but still had a lot left over. Luckily for us, our neighborhood organizers arrange for a charity to come through the neighborhood on Saturday afternoon. If you sign up, they will stop at your address and pick up anything that is left over that you still want to get rid of AND give you a receipt for your donation. We ended up making around $700, but spent $150 on new bar stools that a neighbor was selling. It was a lot of work, but I felt so great after purging all of this stuff!! I met my 60 day challenge (well, most of it), made enough money to buy a new desk for the office and can actually see what a difference has been made. I don’t enjoy holding a garage sale, but it was a pretty good experience over all.
Leftovers donated to charity
Bonus – since we weren’t very busy on Saturday, I used the time to sweep out and sort of organize the garage. That felt great too!
Well, yesterday was a “comp” day from work, since I worked all weekend out of town. I spent most of it cleaning out my home office. This was one of my three main goals to get done before I go away for two weeks in May. The other two were the kitchen/pantry (done read my post about it) and our master bedroom (closet has had a major purge, but wouldn’t call it “done”).
My main goal was to move around the furniture and make room for a desk for me, since my hubby has pretty much taken over the other desk. I don’t work from home very often, but when I do, it’s nice to have a place to put my laptop and what ever else I’m working on. A couple of months ago, my mom was here and helped me purge a lot of paperwork from the large file cabinet that is kept in a closet. Still have to shred a bunch of papers, but recently discovered that we have a commercial shredder at work! At least those papers are contained in one spot. Yesterday, I moved enough stuff around to move the book shelves and make room for my new (soon to be purchased) desk. It feels so great to recycle two bags of papers that are just trash!
Today’s mission is to take the clothes that I purged from my closet (and shoes…and purses) to a consignment shop Clothes Mentor and see what I can get for them. What doesn’t sell will go in our garage sale in two weeks. Between consignment and the garage sale, I hope to be able to earn enough extra money to purchase a desk from Ballard Designs (or really Ballard’s Backroom – their outlet in Roswell) that will match the other desk that I already own from there. The outlet has much of the same stuff from the catalog, but usually scratched or damaged. The desk I have now has some scratches on the top, but I sanded them and painted it and just refer to it as “distressed”. For about 20% of the original price, I can live with distressed!!
My new year’s resolution this year was to de-clutter my life. It is going pretty well. I started with my Shoe and Purse closet (yes, I am one of THOSE people who has a closet just for my purses and shoes.) I have a large pile of things to get rid of and have started eBaying some of them. I’ve netted around $600 so far, but still have lots to sell, donate or just plain get rid of.
I need some additional accountability to keep motivated. My good friend Kelli, who knows me very well, knows this and has issued a de-clutter challenge. (Thanks KP!) I have decided to start a blog to help keep me accountable and hopefully inspire others to stay motivated in their goals.
So, here’s what I’m going to do. There are three main areas in our home that need attention:
2. Office (especially now that I share it with my husband)
3. Master bedroom (see #2)
The original challenge KP sent was for 91 days. I have a very busy May coming up, plus we have a neighborhood garage sale at the end of April. So I am revising this to a 60 day challenge for these three areas. I’m going to take a few days to break down the tasks, so the full challenge will start March 1st.