Declare Independence From Clutter!!!

Have a yard sale this summer to get rid of clutter in your home. Here are 5 basic things to know to help plan your yard sale.




What is the purpose?

First, decide on the purpose for having your yard sale.  Is it to declutter your home?  Or, are you trying to make money?   Whatever the reason, any items you don’t sell should not go back into your home, garage, attic or storage space. Donate or give the remaining items away.

Know the legal stuff.

Your community may require a permit to have a yard sale which will include how and where you can place signs. Check with the appropriate local governmental agency in your community.  You are responsible for what you sell, therefore, make sure items such as sports equipment, toys and baby items meet federal safety standards.

Clean up, then price.

Inspect everything carefully and clean it up – dust, wash, launder or vacuum everything that’s for sale. Most dirty items do not sell well or at all.  Also clean what you use to display your items.    If an item needs batteries or inexpensive repair, let the customers know by putting a sign on it. A good notation would be “selling as is.”  Yard sale items are generally priced at 10-40% of the original price depending upon condition. Price low if you are trying to get rid of everything because of clutter.  Check the Internet (eBay, Craigslist, etc.) and other yard sales to get an idea of what you may be able to get for certain items.  Valuable items may require a little more research. will give you some guidance also –

Know the competition, then decide on a date.

Check the Internet and newspapers for competing yard sales in your neighborhood.  You may find neighbors to join forces with you to have a multi-family sale. Try to avoid having one on holiday weekends.  People travel or spend their money on holiday activities.

Preparation! Preparation! Preparation! 

  • Look in every room of your home and storage areas for items you no longer want or need or take up too much space.
  • Put a price sticker on everything – don’t let your customers put an item down because there’s no price. Also, you want have to spend time answering the question, “How much does this cost?”  Of course, you will have someone bargaining a lower price.
  • Have enough cash, shopping bags, and other essential supplies on hand.
  • Decide beforehand if the early bird will get the worm – will you meet and greet people who show up before your start time?
  • Arrange for charity a pick up as soon as possible so that you won’t be tempted to put things back into your home. Itemize the items you donate to add to your tax deductions.

The only thing left to do is to let the customers buy you out and set you free from clutter!