I’m not a hoarder. Or so I think. I really like to get rid of things I no longer use or need, in fact i’m almost malicious in getting rid of stuff. But if you took a peek into my basement you’d think otherwise. That’s been the dumping ground for all the things we want to store or sell, and let me tell you– that pile is HUGE. We’ve completely renovated/redecorated 4 rooms in the past two years, with three more rooms coming up very soon. Plus the addition of Noodle, and another on the way. Add to that 11 years worth of classroom teaching supplies, thousands of children’s books, and stacks of antiques I no longer have room for and you can see we are in a pickle.
Here’s my plan to get rid of it, with deadlines attached. If I don’t meet the deadline then my consequence is that I’ll donate that pile to the thrift shop– no ifs, ands, or buts. I hate clutter, and even if it’s out of the way I believe in the principals of feng shui that it clutters the mind and soul just by being there.
The major offenders follow below, with my plan of action (or plea for help, in some cases).
I have several categories of baby clothes:
- Keepsakes (just a few, stored in a Rubbermaid tub)
- Ones to keep for baby #2 (stored in a Rubbermaid tub)
- Consignment (not right for baby #2, but in great condition)- consign by March for summer clothes and September for winter clothes
- Garage Sale (not good enough for consignment but hopefully someone can use them)- garage sale late April/ early May before baby #2 arrives!
- newer, name brand clothing goes to consignment- March for summer; September for winter
- outdated or well worn items go to the garage sale pile
- higher value and hardcovers- sell on Half.com (list by February)
- unwanted- garage sale (April)
- children’s books for teaching or too old for Noodle- stored in plastic bins
Help! I don’t know what to do. I literally have piles of vintage chairs, bookcases, tables, glassware, prints, stained glass windows– so many things, I don’t know what to do! Any suggestions? I’ve tried calling dealers but they want to pay pennies for it. Craig’s list scares me– I have so much, I don’t want strangers trekking through my basement for weeks on end. Flea market? (that’s so much work). I’ve tried selling some at a garage sale but can’t get a fair price for them in that market. It’s not high end stuff, but I don’t want to sell a vintage stained glass window for $5 when I paid $40! (I’d sell it for $25, though…) What do I do???
The smaller, cooler vintage stuff I plan on selling in my Etsy shop. I’ve opened a new store, Sweet Pea’s Flea, to sell the vintage things. That leaves my other shop, Sweet Pea Paper, open for my other projects that I can’t wait to get started– AFTER the clean-out!
Sell it at a garage sale, and whatever I don’t sell goes immediately to the thrift shop!
What will I do with all that space once the goods are gone? Divide it into areas: storage, pantry, laundry, work-out, and packing/shipping area for my Etsy shop and Half.com business. Stay tuned for the transformation!