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Gearing Up for a Decluttering Garage Sale Weekend

Garage sale season is underway, and I’m one of the many people who has decluttered a winter house full of stuff to sell at a yard sale.  Yes, this weekend I’ll be trying my luck (hoping for sun, not rain) at selling all the clutter. 

Lucky for me, my friend Barb from The Forever Neighbor will be joining me to sell some of her garage sale clutter as well.  There’s nothing like making a day of it with a good friend!

Lucky for me again… one of the best ways to get more people to come to your garage sale is to advertise that your yard sale is a multi-family venture.  Potential shoppers will realize that 2 families have more junk to sell than one! 

Here in Fairbanks, Alaska, the fashionable garage sale trend is to have an early morning Friday sale, and then a day-long sale on Saturday.  Our garage sale will be from 8am to noon on Friday, and we’re sure to have tons of early birds.  Wouldn’t it be nice to sell everything Friday morning and have all day Saturday for fun and games with the family?!  If not, we’ll be peddling our goodies Saturday from 8am to 3pm too.

With three bloggers, lots of blogs, twitter, and wi-fi, I don’t think we’ll be bored if the garage sale crowds don’t show up.  I’ll have to take some pictures to post, and might even have time to share my tips for having the best (most profitable) garage sale.  Wish us luck!

Quick Clean Ups: The Bigger Picture

Quick Clean Ups:  The Bigger Picture

Any of the 5 quick clean up methods will make your house appear cleaner, but you don’t have to do all 5 in the same day.  You could even try one per day and watch your house improve as you go along. 

Using the 5 quick clean up techniques will give you fast relief from a messy house and help you make a dent when you don’t know where to start.  However, remember that these quick fixes are just a starting point.  Following up with sorting, organizing, and putting the items back into their homes will give you lasting relief from a house overrun with mess and clutter.  

No matter how messy your house is now, there’s no reason you can’t jump in and start getting it cleaned up today.  Before you know it, your house will be back to comfy, cozy and clean again and will be a place you enjoy coming home to!

Did you miss any of this series?  Read it now:

  1. Is Your House a Disaster?  5 Quick Clean Ups That Can Save Your Messy House
  2. Quick House Clean Up #1: Dirty Dishes
  3. Quick House Clean Up #2: Trash
  4. Quick House Clean Up #3: Dirty Laundry and Clothes
  5. Quick House Clean Up #4: Toys
  6. Quick House Clean Up #5: Papers

Quick House Clean Up #5: Papers

Quick House Clean Up #5: Papers

Forgot to read the introduction? Before reading on, read 5 Quick Clean Ups That Can Save Your Messy House.

Quick house clean up #5:  Stack All Papers Together.  It’s no shock that paper clutter can make your home look like a tornado hit, since it takes up 8”x11” of space in each spot and can easily fall or be relocated from the slightest breeze (read: kids running by during a close game of indoor tag). 

While sorting and filing papers can take a lot of time,  stacking them together does not. 

For now, we’ll focus on consolidating the mess by gathering all the paper clutter in your house and stacking it into nice neat piles.  Later, as time permits, you can process one stack of papers at a time and make the papers disappear.  In the meantime, having all the papers together will work wonders for making your messy house appear cleaner in a jiffy.  

Here’s How: 

  • Choose a room to start in and a spot for your stack of papers (preferably one in a place out of reach or children and not near the edge of a table or counter). 
  • Pick up all papers in the room, no matter if they are unopened mail envelopes, receipts, magazine articles, or other types. 
  • Put all the papers into one single stack to be sorted, organized, filed, scanned, or shredded later.  Each room will get its own stack of papers, unless you’d prefer to move them all into one room, such as a home office.

Next, read Quick House Clean Ups: The Bigger Picture

Quick House Clean Up #4: Toys

Quick House Clean Up #4: Toys

Forgot to read the introduction? Before reading on, read 5 Quick Clean Ups That Can Save Your Messy House.

Quick house clean up #4: Pick Up All Toys.  Kids can create a disaster area out of your house in less time than it takes for you to take a nap!  Luckily, if you have children old enough to play with toys, they’re also old enough to put the toys away.

Here’s How: 

  • This is one quick clean up that your kids can help you with!  Put some music on and go for a “toy treasure hunt” with your kids. 
  • Give each child a trash bag or laundry basket and instructions to go through the house and pick up any toy not in its home.  They should put the toys in their bag or basket until no more can be found. 
  • Offer different prizes for the “winner” (the child that finds the most toys) and the runners up. 
  • Then, mom gets to take the toys directly to the kids rooms and dump them into the toy boxes.

Next, read Quick House Clean Up #5: Papers

Quick House Clean Up #3: Dirty Laundry and Clothes

Quick House Clean Up #3: Dirty Laundry and Clothes

Forgot to read the introduction? Before reading on, read 5 Quick Clean Ups That Can Save Your Messy House.

Quick house clean up #3:   Pick Up Dirty Laundry and Clothes.  Good preventive measures will keep clothing mess from becoming a mess issue in the first place, but if strewn laundry has taken over your house, never fear!  Getting all the clothes laundered and back into the closets and dressers will make your house look much cleaner.     

Here’s How: 

  • Rule # 1 for clothes is this: If they’re on the floor, they’re dirty. 
  • Using either a laundry hamper or large trash bag, go through the house and put any clothes you encounter into the container.  Be sure to check floors, couches and chairs, kids’ rooms, closets, and all surfaces for clothes which should not be there. 
  • Once done, take the bags or hampers to the laundry room and get started washing the dirty clothes. 
  • Be sure that as clean laundry comes out of the dryer, you immediately fold or hang it and put the clothes into closets or dresser drawers to prevent future clothing mess. 

Next, read Quick House Clean Up #4: Toys