Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Consignment Sale Results!

Maybe I haven't decluttered in the past few days, but I have made money. My consignment sale earned me $109.81!

Not bad, eh?

And not just that, but I got rid of A LOT of stuff. Probably more stuff than I remembered to list here. I can tell from my total that everything I donated didn't sell, but I honestly couldn't care less. I'm just happy that all that crap isn't in my house any more.

I'm going to try to get back to some big projects soon, so keep checking back. I promise to have new stuff soon.

Also, I'm working on some things about Ebay, Freecycle, Craigslist, Amazon marketplace, and any other places you can sell your own stuff. If any of you use these or other similar places, drop me a line at stimeyland at gmail dot com with your best tips and warnings.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I'm Running Out of Stuff to Sell

Alex was futzing around out in the garage today, so I took the opportunity to look around and see if there was anything else I could sell at this week's consignment sale.

Lo and behold, there was!

Such as this Little People garage:

This small, baby blue bookshelf:

This baby gate, which kept our back deck safe for a summer. I'm not sure this will sell, but it seemed like a better option that putting it in the trash. I made a note on the tag that it was used outside so no one will buy it assuming that it is all pristine. And it's cheap!

Alex also found this pack of swim diapers that (HALLELUJAH!) we no longer need:

AND, Alex decided to get rid of these 35 old law books and readers:

Not bad for a Sunday afternoon!

I'm taking the consignment sale stuff in tomorrow, so as of 1 p.m., there will be a lot fewer items in my garage. Hooray, me!

Total items: 39

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Simple Solution to Eliminating Visual Clutter

Sometimes you have done all you can with a space and it is still not the loveliest thing in the world to look at. Such is the case with my videography equipment closet.

It has changed somewhat since I last wrote about that particular closet. I've done some rearranging and purging since then, but it is still not the most pleasant closet to walk past.

Much of that has to do with the fact that this is where I keep the cats' litter box and food, plus where I store the dog and cat food. It's not awesome to walk past when the litter is clean, but it's even less pleasant when someone has done some "business" in there.

This closet is also the repository for many small books and boxes, which just look cluttery.

AND it's on a main route in my house, from my kitchen/dining room/side entrance to the TV room. So people walk by it all the time. And this is what they see (on a clean day):

If I'd photographed it from the other side, it might look even more cluttery. There are many reasons why these things have to live in this particular closet. That isn't going to change anytime soon. Plus that baby gate has to stay there to keep the dog (and Quinn) out but let the cats in.

I'm tired of being embarrassed every time someone walks past that closet, so I went to Target while thinking about easy, inexpensive solutions. What I decided on was one sheer curtain panel ($19.99) to obscure the clutter without making it look like I hung a shower curtain in the hall.

I had a curtain rod at home that wasn't in use, so I installed that on the inside of the closet, and hung the curtain from that. Voila!

Yeah, the baby gate is still ugly. But it obscures where I had to pin the curtain up because it was too long. I love that it is easy to push aside and get into the closet, plus the cats can see through it, so they won't feel like they're shut inside a room without knowing what's outside.

That is my solution to a cluttery spot that had been bothering me for years. I'd love to hear from you—how do you eliminate visual clutter in your home?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I'm Getting in the Consigning Spirit

I spent a couple hours the other day getting most of my stuff ready for the upcoming consignment sale. I'm optimistic. I think I might make some money on this thing. I'm hoping to make enough to add to my iPhone fund to actually buy the thing.

Excuse me. I think I'm salivating.

After writing out all the tags, my hand hurt, but I had everything I'd decluttered so far tagged, priced, and ready to go. I also added a few things. Like this:

This chair is pretty old. Whoever buys it may need to replace some of the screws that have fallen out of it in the past eight years.

I also found all of these things to sell. Although Sam caught me trying to get rid of that stack of metal trucks and made me keep them.

While cleaning and decluttering all of the things you see above, I also got rid of a bunch of cluttery trash and recycling not pictured. (Because, really. Why?)

Then today I got rid of a couple of plastic cases and half of a cat litter box.

I'm going to call this 20.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

One Fell Swoop

I've been decluttering a lot of things that I haven't posted here because I'm planning on selling them. I don't really consider them gone until they're out of the house or in my donation bin. I've had a tough time getting takers to follow through on buying my stuff lately, so I've decided to try something different.

There is a preschool in my area that hosts a consignment sale twice a year. They take 50% of your profits, but after the sale they will donate everything that is left over (or you can ask for it back, but I'm not gonna).

I figure that with the publicity they have about the sale, the sheer numbers of people that will walk past my stuff, and the appeal of having it happen all at once instead of it drips and drabs as happens on Craigslist outweighs the cost of the price split.

The sale is March 25-26, so over the course of the next couple of weeks, I'll post items that I plan to sell in the consignment sale. When it's over, I'll let you know how much I make.

So here is where I am going to post photos of all the things I had considered selling on Craigslist.

I have some costumes:

Some toys, which will be sold in various lots:

My play food, dishes, and shopping cart:

And I don't know if they'll take these, but either way, they's got to go:

I'm also planning to sell many of the books I weeded out of my kids' room a while back.

And I'm just getting started.

I'm going to consider this 24 items. That's a little arbitrary, but it has to do with how things were originally packaged. For instance, I think there are two sets of medical equipment there, so I'm counting it as two.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Junk Found During Everyday Chores

It turns out that if you fold your clothes and put them away in your drawers, you will find all kinds of things to get rid of.

This batch includes still another dust jacket from a kids' book, an old t-shirt that we used as a smock, and some jeans that are too big. I'm also getting rid of the CD my oral surgeon gave me because, let's be honest here, I'm never going to listen to it. Also? If you buy a cheap belt, it turns out you get a cheap belt, and that belt will rapidly disintegrate.

Total items: 5