with an Australia wide Garage Sale Trial event coming up , you might want to get your head around it now:
Check your motives: If you are doing it to earn money, this is not the right way. It will cost you in excess of 15 hours to organise and do a garage sale – if you work that amount of time in a payed job, you’ll make more money.
If you want to sustainably shift some stuff, connect to your community and have a fun day… teach your kids about money, haggling, how to deal with strangers, you are on the right track.
Also, if the thought of all your stuff going to landfill just keeps you from de cluttering, if you work well with a deadline, this is for you!
Have (more) fun:Clear on your motives but want to have even more fun? Ask a neighbor, the whole street friends or relatives to go in it together.
It’s more fun and your might join someone with a better location – because location is key. If you are planning to do it in the back lane where no passersby will see it, it will be hard to attract people on the day. You will also have more variety (or less, which can work equally well – themed Garage sales apparently do very well) You will also have an accountability team and more fun launching and promoting it online.
Get started by registering it on the Garage Sale Trial page!
Next is a bit of planning so you don’t get stressed out in the last minute – remember, getting rid of clutter is going to de stress your life! That’s the goal to have in mind when it will get a bit hectic!!
Sit down with a piece of paper and your calendar.
Brainstorm (with your family or with yourself) where there could be hidden treasures in your house. Are they big items you just pick on the day or does the whole room need a bit of a de clutter before you can sell those unwanted items?
Figure out where you will store them till the day comes – again having a team behind you can really help!
If you need de cluttering you will need time – and that’s where your calendar comes into play. Find pockets of time – doesn’t always have to be 2 hours in one stretch and block them out for Garage Sale de cluttering.
Start somewhere, but start as soon as possible. It might seem like a long time but the 26th of October will be here sooner than you think. If you realise you can’t face it or are getting nowhere despite having lots of stuff, consider hiring/asking for help!
(there will be more details on the nitty gritties for the week leading up to the event and for the big day…)