Monday, May 12, 2008

Can't Get It Simple Enough

I can't get rid of my stuff. I am not emotionally attached to it, but for some reason, I can't seem to get rid of all the clutter around my house.

We have a neighborhood yard sale coming up early next month and for the past, hmmm... say FOUR YEARS, I have been planning on selling stuff in the yard sale. They have this sale every year, but each year we just don't seem to get ourselves together enough to participate.

So, the stuff just keeps adding up. Now, here I am again. I am completely overwhelmed, have no idea how to get ready for a yard sale, not a clue how to price things or arrange things, but the yard sale is looming.

I was talking with a friend the other night who is a yard sale fanatic. I asked her for advice on how to throw a yard sale. It may have been a mistake. She is so organized that she has things ready all throughout the year... hanging on hangers... tagged... brand names written on the tags, as well as the condition of the piece... priced... just ready to go. She has like 6 tables she uses and a few really nice rods that she hangs the clothes on. She has tents, for Lordy sake! I am very impressed with her organization, but to put it mildly, my level of organization at this point is this... if an item has already made it to the garage, I feel overjoyed! It is still dusty, dirty, not priced, all the pieces aren't there with it, but hey.. it is IN THE GARAGE.

So, I am feeling overwhelmed. Does anyone have any advice as to how a NORMAL, AVERAGE person should prepare for a garage sale? I don't have any money to buy lots of things for the sale, so anything the dollar store offers would be helpful!

1 comment:

Amylouwho said...

i'm a fan of donating stuff - you can always estimate the dollar amount for a tax write off and then you don't have the stress of dealing with a yard sale. Plus the per hour income for the work of putting one on isn't really worth it. Just bless someone else with it and get it out of your house. Any big ticket items you can always list on Craigslist.

That's my advice on how to NOT throw a yard sale. Not sure if it's what you are looking for . . .

this link might help: http://www.flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_Declutter.asp