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An Easy Way to Make Extra Money – Have a Garage Sale!

From spring to fall, as you’re driving along, you see the signs on the side of the road daily – Yard Sale, Garage Sale! You say to yourself, “I’m going to have a garage sale and get rid of some of my clutter.” Then you think of how daunting it is to really go through all of your stuff and having to sort, price and display everything.

Start thinking of The Big Picture – you make some extra money and your home becomes more liveable!

Some Quick Tips on How Organize A Garage or Yard Sale

At least three weeks before:

Find out what is your community’s ordinance is on having garage or yard sales.

Set a date and time. Try to avoid holiday weekends.

Decide what items they no longer use or need.

At least two weeks before:

Discard what is broken and cannot be repaired. Repair what can be repaired for a better price.

Start cleaning up items or laundering clothing.

Place ads on free online community boards.

Contact a charitable organization to pick up items that don’t sale so you don’t put anything back into your home or storage. The Stuff Stop –http://thestuffstop.com/  – is a free nationwide community resource website that provides information to match up your unwanted stuff with local charities, ministries and companies that connect it with people in need.

At least one week before:

Sort like items.

Hang clothing on hangers sorted by size.

Get your display tables and clothing racks together.

Start pricing items. You can purchase price stickers from retail stores or you can make your own. Make sure your price stickers can be easily removed from an item.

Collect shopping bags to have on hand for customers.

Put your signs out on main streets near your home – as large as you’re allowed and colorful with hints of items you’re selling.

Inform your neighbors so that they are aware you will have additional traffic.

The day of:

Get up early to set up so customers are not waiting for you.

Place a sign in your yard to direct customers.

Have lots of change and small bills on hand.

Have an extension cord on hand.

Free bottles of water would be an added benefit for customers.

After the sale, to reiterate, give away what doesn’t sale – do not take it back into your home or storage area.  Then, count your money and enjoy your less cluttered home.

Have you had a garage sale to declutter your home?  Let me know how you felt afterwards?

The Good Old Days of Household Management

Some of my friends may remember seeing handwritten chores taped to the refrigerator. My Mom would post weekly chores for my cousin, Kenny (Bucket) and me. They had to be completed before we were allowed to do anything else like go out to play,  or invite friends over to visit. There were no self-cleaning ovens back in the day. I was the oven cleaner. My Mom worked full-time but took care of the home and never seemed stressed like parents do today.  We had other extracurricular activities but she had a say in what we could participate in and those activities could not interfere with our academics, her work schedule or our finances. She had a system which included getting the necessary help from everyone in the home. I’m saying, she ran an efficient household! Does your household run like the good old days?

Is your family overwhelmed with too much going on inside and outside the home which is causing stress and chaos?  Let me know and I can help. Contact me.

By the way, does anyone remember seeing the chores taped to the refrigerator in my home? Leave me a comment.

The Animal Series, Article 2 – Is Your Mustang in Your Garage?

Article 2 in a Series of 3

I’ve watched a few episodes of ” Two Broke Girls” on CBS.  When Caroline (the newest broke girl) moved into Max’s (the already broke girl) apartment, she brought along few possessions from her former rich lifestyle. Her most cherished possession, however, was a horse that they put in the backyard since they obviously coul not put it in the small apartment. I found it hilarious that they thought they would be able to keep the horse in the backyard and eventually, with winter approaching, they had to move it to a stable that would, of course, be an extra expense to them.

I’ve never seen a horse in anyone’s garage, yet. However, we acquire so much stuff, I’m wondering if someone does have a horse in their garage. If you know someone who does, let me know. Our original intent of having a garage is to keep our cars in it.   When other stuff starts piling up, where do we put our cars?  Outside! This can become an extra expense because your car can obtain weather related damage.

Some of you may want your garage to serve as a multi-purpose space. A garage and a workshop or a garage and storage area are two examples. Whatever your space needs are, here are a few simple organizing tips to making your garage a functional space:

1. Develop a plan for how you want the garage to function.

2. Clean out the space completely and make repairs where needed.

3. Sort items. Items that are no longer useful or important that don’t need repair, give away or sell.  Discard junk that cannot be repaired. These are usually the things that take up most space in the garage.

4. Everything that you plan on putting back into the space, sort into categories, such as sporting equipment, tools, chemicals and paints, seasonal items, etc..

5. Items such as rakes, shovels, lawn chairs, bikes, and sleds can be hung on the wall with large, sturdy hooks. You can purchase garages at hardware stores such as Ace Hardware.

6. Invest in some type of cabinetry or shelving units to store items that cannot be hung on the walls.

7. Be safety concious. Store chemicals and paints in their original containers in locked cabinets. Keep a fire extinguisher rated “ABC” (effective for all types of fires) in the garage.

Clutter is all about delaying making decisions. So if you haven’t decided what to do with the “horse” you’ve kept in the garage, make the decision to get out it right now, especially since spring is just around the corner.