Can we talk about garage and yard sales? That’s what this week’s home organization project was all about. We’re getting ready for a yard sale tomorrow and we’ve opened every cupboard, drawer, closet – everything in the house this week.We’re walking around asking ourselves what’s really important, what do we really want to keep, continue cleaning or dusting, and what we should sell or donate.
If you’re related to me – and there are a few – you know I’ve been sending emails. “Do you want these?” or “Does anyone want this?” or the dreaded, “I’m going to donate this unless I hear from you.”
Keeping a home organized is constant. When new stuff comes in, old stuff must go out – as in keep the river flowing! I’ve seen the results when I don’t keep that river flowing. There are even shows about it. “Hoarders,” anyone?
Even when I get items for ‘free’ from the pile on the street corner, I have to remind myself that there is a cost. Once it comes into our home, I have to put it somewhere. Dust it. Fix it. Store it. Admire it. Move it. Wish I had left it. Kick myself for not grabbing the matching one.
Home Organization Project Week #24
- Weekly. This week’s project: yard sale preparation!
- Small. This was swift and quick. Walk around, decide what you’re sick of cleaning and dusting; sell them. You know we’re not storing items any longer in the attic of the garage after we had the rat problem.
- Clear and clean. Does putting price stickers on items count as cleaning? No, not really. Well, our basement has been the staging area for our ‘trash into cash’ stuff. It’s getting emptied as I type this…The basement will look clean once we no longer look like we’re moving out! Hah!
- Get set. Yes, get set for our garage sale! It will take place in the yard so come by if it’s sunny.
- Pack it out. Tomorrow, the deal is, nothing is coming back in the house. Whatever doesn’t sell is getting donated.
- Stop ME! Yes, would you, please? My brain feels clogged when there’s too much stuff around. Creativity is lower when there’s clutter around. That’s how my mind works.
- Less is more. It is more unless you buy a vintage travel trailer for $1.00 this week! We’ll talk more about that later – like when I get issued a new title for my “scamper.” If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this.
Now, before you shake your head….please know that I’ve been stalking this cute little camper – and I love house projects! This is my solution to a big house project – redo this little cutie. With two in college soon, we’re especially aware of our budget. (It’s also my solution to loving camping but not wanting to sleep on the ground in a tent.) It’s trashed inside so of course you’ll hear all about the progress.
How’s your house clean out/home organization coming along? Any yard/garage/porch/tag sales in your future?
Go Gingham related links:
Ottoman slipcover hides shoes, socks and whatever else my kids stuff under there!
Laundry chute evolution and how it came to be
Our fun adventure to find a claw foot for the bathtub – we traded!
DIY project redoing the missing claw foot
Gingham shelf liners I made for the bathroom – yes, gingham