October 17 2006 Cleaning Newsletter
I LOST 500 POUNDS IN A WEEKEND
I am a big believer in the power of a garage sale. You take out the ad and place the signs, and suddenly, you’re commited! Well, a couple of weeks ago, I began decluttering in earnest. There wasn’t a drawer, cabinet, or closet that I didn’t go through. This was going to be the “end all” garage sale.
Well, I had my garage sale and it was a doozy. Not only did I lose over 500 pounds of unwanted excess and clutter, I raked in $675 in a mere three hours. The sale was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but it was so successful, we were through before noon on Friday and on our way out to lunch and to donate the leftover items (mostly new stuffed animals).
A NEW HOME THEATER FROM ALL THAT OLD JUNK...
Yep, all that old stuff bought me a new home theater system and curtains for an upstairs living room. You can do the same. Now, it took a little time and the house was a disaster while I was gathering everything, but there was no closet, no drawer, no space that avoided inspection.
Yes, in the decluttering before the garage sale, I found out that I had five – count ‘em, five – water pitchers. I had no idea. So I narrowed it down to three and I have much more room in the cabinet now. In fact, my whole house has much more room and better organization, and I’m ready for the holidays.
Get your house in order by decluttering and holding a garage sale as soon as possible. Remember, the key to a good garage sale is good stuff. Broken items, teeny tiny trinkets, and old stained clothes don’t sell. I had great kids and adult books that I sold for twenty five cents apiece – and they moved.
A brand new $100 tire was had for only $3, a baker’s rack, antique tables, computer parts, and upholstered chair and ottoman that all were unused and took up valuable space were all in the mix for dirt cheap. So, get your unwanted good stuff, price it right, and you might just have your holiday shopping money – and the space to store your purchases.
KEEP A CLEAN HOUSE BY DECLUTTERING
It’s hard to clean house as it is….but when you have a cluttered house, you are overwhelmed by the clutter and it makes cleaning darned near impossible. Suddenly, when you have space again, you’re more motivated to clean. Give it a shot this week!
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