After our family traveled to see friends and witnessed their very own simple living, we decided to clean out our stuff. If the two of them and their two wild dogs could live in 600 square feet with all the necessities for comforts of living, then 4 people +1 dog could live in 2400 square feet without feeling cramped. We came to the conclusion that we could rid of ourselves of Crap We Do Not Need.
I’ve been trying to do this for years by donating a few items every month. Without the help of those other people in my house, though, it was impossible. Finally, they agreed.
1. Don’t sell all crap.
Sell good stuff, too. People lingered in our yard because there was stuff. Mix in crap with good stuff so you confuse people that it’s all good stuff. Plus, you don’t want your stuff to be at the end of the crap line, because at some point that shit is not sell-able.
2. Price the stuff to sell.
Clothes? $1. Set of four bowls? $2. Sleigh bed frame? $75 (they talked us down to $50). CD player/stereo? Five bucks. We let people negotiate. A lot. If they had a pile of stuff, FINE, take it all for 10 bucks. JUST TAKE IT.
3. Organize it.
The day before I put everything in categories and priced. I took all the kids miscellaneous crap and made grab bags in Ziploc bags for $1. I strategically placed them all on a tarp on the ground. Kids were busy searching for the bags they wanted while parents shopped.
4. Don’t bring it back in the house.
We were deliriously tired but we were committed to NOT bring anything back in the house so we loaded up the trailer and when to Goodwill. DONE. We kept one pile of vintage items for the consignment shop and they’re loaded in the car. I broke my rule and kept 3 pictures but everything else gone.
5. Sell it and forget it.
When my husband saw a $450 suit sell for $2, he shed a little internal tear and we had a moment of silence. But that was last week. This week, he doesn’t care.
We’re enjoying our less clutter filled home for our 2nd yard sale. My husband would have you believe that our first yard sale 17 years ago was made up of all of his stuff. That is completely true. Because he had some ugly shit.