I’m a semi retired lady and having a yard sale so. How do I declutte

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  • Ken Ken on Mar 31, 2018
    I'm not seeing a question here that I can answer. Care to ask again? Decluttering is best done with a trip to Goodwill with donations or by filling the trash can and dragging it to the curb. Most use a combination of these.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 31, 2018
    Start with one room, go through everything and make a pile of what you want to donate or sell, one for garbage, one for things that actually belong in another room. Go through drawers, bins, everything! If it hasn't been used in a year or more, and isn't a seasonal item that you use, get rid of it. If it is something you don't think will sell at the yard sale, donate it or throw it away. Once done with one room and everything is put away, take a break. Continue like this, doing at least one or more rooms a day, you will have things the way you want. Seasonal items should be packed away in totes, clothes can go into underbed boxes and put under the bed, and put it a storage area. Be brutal if you have to be that way in getting rid of things. If you have kids, offer them first pick at furniture and other things that you deemed unnecessary that they may want passed on to them. I have a list of things my daughter wants if I don't want them anymore (furniture, etc. that has been passed on from my parents and their parents).

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Mar 31, 2018
    Think of your things to sell in categories: kitchenware, linens, clothing, art, sporting goods, knickknacks, or whatever your categories might be, etc. Make piles on your garage floor or any place you have room to spread out. This will help you find more pieces for that category while you search your house. It's too easy to get distracted by trying to look for "anything to sell" in your whole house. Just work on one category at a time.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 31, 2018
    Ask a price higher than you would be willing to sell for, that way you can always come down , and they will feel they have a bargain- and of course they will have..........and you will be happy too..........

  • Castiron Castiron on Mar 31, 2018
    If your goal is decluttering I would not have my prices too high for my sale. I think we place a greater value on things that we own than what someone else might pay. Keep your prices reasonable so you can really get rid of your items. We had a huge sale two summers ago, as part of our decluttering, and I had things marked to sell and we still made $1,400 on it. The goal was to get rid of things. What doesn't sell make sure you don't bring back into your house - donate, donate, donate! There are plenty of sites on how to declutter, if you google. If you have time, do a little each day and set a goal for yourself of when to be done. The first lady had some really great suggestions. Try and mark the prices on things as you are decluttering and it will save you time later. Like with like. If you aren't sure of the value of something, look it up and see what it might have sold for on ebay. Have fun with it!

  • Janet Janet on Apr 02, 2018
    Last time I had a garage sale, I really went all out. I have a 2 car garage so first put the cars in the street. Swept the garage out and made it as clean as possible. Then I got a rope that is sturdy to hang things on. I tied it between the two poles in the garage that are support poles for the ceiling. Then got any clothing that I wanted to sell. Made sure it was all clean and put them on hangers and hung them on the rope so people could look through it easier than if it was on a table or in a box. I had an old door in the garage so I put that across 2 garbage cans to make a big table. I used that for books, cd's, dvds or anything small. At the time I had a lot of kids toys which I made sure were all clean and they went in other boxes if they were small or just on the driveway itself - like bikes, baby carriage, doll house, etc. I also use two folding tables for other small items like knick knacks. Anything bigger went on the driveway also. I found keeping alike things made it easier to price (which I did by putting price stickers on things). I priced most stuff to sell like books .10 for paperbacks and .25 for hardcovers or 5 for $1 - Kids clothes which were all in very good condition $1.50 for a child's shirt, $1.50 for pants and $2.00 for a dress, etc. My MIL was very generous to my daughter which is her ONLY grandchild so she bought from the better stores so much of her clothes were a great bargain at that price, but at least someone else got to use them. But, yes price things to sell and make your area look attractive to browse through plus make it so that people don't throw things all over, messing things up as they browse. We made over $800 the first day and about $350 the second. At the time my daughter was 12 and she earned some of the money for herself if she sold some of her toys that she no longer wanted. Now my daughter is 28 and lives on her own. Hubby and I think it's time for another garage sale and like you I am semi retired and trying to downsize. This has give me new energy to do this. Good luck and have fun.

  • Angus021461 Angus021461 on Apr 02, 2018
    Starting at one room at a time and get help from young girl.