I am not a garage sale guy. Not surprising…not too many guys ARE in the first place. But it did walk through our basement today and recognize our recurring problem; clutter. We’re due for our annual basement clean out and donation event. I did my section of our closet about a month ago. Kristin did her [larger] section of our closet two weeks ago. It feels so good to do this and it feels even better when we take on the basement.
Thompson Tips to Donating:
- Make the call 1st – schedule the pick up from Goodwill even before you’ve cleaned the basement. This may just put the pressure on that you need.
- Have the donation pile be in the garage so it prevents one of your cars from parking until the donation gets picked up [or dropped off].
- Set a limit on the duration you will spend as a family cleaning the basement. If you know that you’re only going to spend 2 hrs on the activity everyone can gear up for it and get the job done.
- Do something fun afterwards – if the intrinsic value of Donating household stuff was a strong enough incentive we’d all have orderly basements.
Some of you reading the blog may be garage sale people…go ahead and do it! Apply the same principles above to a garage sale. Other resources are e-bay (hire your kid to manage the posts, shipping, and receivables and pay them a commission for it (40% of the net receipts, etc). How do you like that idea?