The house is officially on the market! Well technically, we listed on Wednesday afternoon. There were offers coming in the next day and all over the weekend. In the middle of trying to work and stay organized for showings, I decided to host a “Free Stuff” garage blow out. Gotta pare down some how, right?
A hot ass mess doesn’t even begin to describe what I was working with. Auntie is secretly a hoarder, I’m convinced. After hosting a yard sale and downsizing quite a bit, I knew this event would be just as successful. After 3 people stopped by, it was already fairly empty. My goal was to get rid of as much junk as possible before our scheduled open house.
We had a bit of everything in there up for grabs. Holiday decor, outdoor decor, tables, artwork, Christmas trees, ornaments and so much more. These pictures were taken right after one of our neighbors snatched up quite a bit. Thank God she did. After a failed attempt on Thursday, Saturday was a very solid day. Our garage is pretty much empty now besides the items that we will have up for sale during our upcoming estate sale and some items that we still need.
A few tips on paring down… Don’t be afraid to part with items. We decided to do a yard sale first just to see what kind of junk we could actually sell. We made about $700. The remaining items, I then posted on Craig’s List under the free section. I also listed items for sale on the same “Free Stuff” posts, as well as in the according categories depending on the item.
eBay was also a big help. I listed quite a bit of stuff on there. It all sold! I was totally fine making a little or a lot per item. My goal is to clean house and if I can make a buck or 2 back then hey! I tried various Facebook groups within my immediate area. A lot of people flaked. It wasn’t worth it for me. I’ll try again with the estate sale though. It doesn’t hurt to spread the word.
Lastly, I brought 5 more bags to the Goodwill. I tend to donate 3-5 bags a month so that I don’t overwhelm myself and also don’t jump the gun on items that I may still want/need. The best advice I can give is… Don’t be afraid! If it’s junk, get rid of it. If you haven’t used it recently then chances are you do not need it. I read that on multiple blogs and Facebook groups from many Tiny Housers that were paring down. Gosh were they right.
We were all ready for the open house within a weeks time. Minor fixing, lots of cleaning but totally worth it. Today (Monday) Auntie is deciding which offer to accept as there are quite a few on the table. We’re well on our way to signing with a Tiny House builder in no time!