Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales

When to Know To Let Something Go

Springtime is here, and it’s finally time to clean house and hold a garage sale. So how do you decide what to part with? This handy guide will help you de-clutter and make the most of spring cleaning!

  1. When was the last time you used it?

    A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve been living without it for more than 8 months, you likely don’t need it. In the pile it goes.

  2. Does it have sentimental value?

Likely most of your items do to some extent, but ask yourself with each old science project or toy gun you decide holds an important memory: is this something that can be preserved through a photo? If so, consider adding it to the “sell” pile.

  1. How many times have you used it?

Sure, that fancy casserole dish came in handy that one time, but in reality, how often will that day come again? And wouldn’t you live without it if it did? These are the hard items to rid of for some people, but if you’re serious about downsizing, it’s time to turn into your own harshest critic.

  1. Who else could use it?

Back to the casserole dish. You might not be a baking nut, but plenty of people out there are. That pair of hiking boots you grew out of just might make some kids’ summer. One great thing about taking the steps to hold a sale, and not simply throw everything out, is that it gives your things a whole new shot at life!

  1. What do you want/need more?

A great tactic to motivate you to downsize is having a goal: what are you hoping to turn that garage sale money into? Whether it’s put towards a vacation or a new car, keeping your larger goals in sight will help you remember: there are more important things than a lot of stuff.

Downsizing is rough, but living among piles of “stuff” to constantly/pointlessly cart from house to house is rougher. If you’re determined and follow these steps ,we promise there’s no better feeling than at the end of a sale and your house is finally, FINALLY, clutter free.

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