I hate clutter. I hate holding on the things, broken or unused, gathering dust on some shelf that I can’t reach without a step stool. I hate having to move these stupid clutterie things, to get to other things like Christmas decorations, or put away old baby stuff(which, is technically, more clutter). I REALLY, REALLY hate having to clean around clutter. So it all gets shoved into our sugar shack, or attic. And that’s still clutter.

So when we found out that there was a community wide yard sale being planned, we talked it over and decided that this would be the perfect oppurtunity for us to get rid of some of our junk wonderful stuff. Also, a perfect oppurtunity for a blog post.

Two birds, one stone, all that jazz.

  1. Go thru your house one room at a time- this allows you to really focus your attention on what is nessacity and what is just weighing you down. This can be literally or figuratively I suppose. We are moving into a MUCH smaller place soon and we need to seriously pare it down.. See number three for more about that.
  2. Price things as you find them- this was the hardest one for me, but it really is a time saver. There is no way I could get all this crap wonderful stuff ready to sell in one day. It’s just not possible.
  3. Use this as an oppurtunity to purge- really take a minute to go thru your things and decide, am I keeping this because I use it or because I’m scared of letting go of a memory, or a feeling it evokes.  I have two dressers and a large closet chock full of clothes. This is after a recent purge over winter where I donated 2 garbage bags of clothes and one of shoes. And I’m talking the 32 gallon bags. My husband has boxes of old video gaming equipment and games. We both have a lot of extra stuff, and for very different reasons.
  4. Be ready to go back thru multiple times- because of above, I went thru my clothes about 5 times. Every time I took out more to sell and felt better. AND I STILL HAVE A CLOSET FULL OF CLOTHES.
  5. Know your bottom line- why are you having a yard sale? To make money? To get rid of the extra junk? I know it seems easy, but really selling stuff can be emotionally taxing. Especially if you are sentimental. Your value from memories is not the value other people see in it.
  6. Price accordingly- do not let sentimentality get involved. Price to sell this time, so you don’t have to put yourself thru it all over again.
  7. Do not let stuff back in the house. Once you have decided to get rid of it, stick to your guns and get rid of it.

Well, after talking about all this work, I have to go back to doing all this work. Here’s hoping for a successful sale this coming weekend. And hopefully, I helped you wade thru the muck and mire of your Yardsale.

I’m very excited about the next blog post. It’s a first for me, but I’ll be posting a special chicken blog. So until that time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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