Organize 101: May We Suggest a Garage Sale?

Free up space by donating books to the Friends of the Library in support of its annual Book Sale, Sept. 19-21.

Cleaning and organizing is hardly a fun task – at least for most people. So, let’s rush through the dirty work, so we can spend more time on the fun stuff including garage sale strategies!

But first things first: how to reclaim your closets, tables and desks, and find Zen in your home. Here’s some titles that are organizing must-reads:

Open “Christopher Lowell's seven layers of organization …” in catalog Christopher Lowell's seven layers of organization … Open “The easy organizer : 365 tips for conquering clutt…” in catalog The easy organizer : 365 tips for conquering clutt… Open “Everything (almost) in its place : control chaos, …” in catalog Everything (almost) in its place : control chaos, … Open “For packrats only : how to clean up, clear out, an…” in catalog For packrats only : how to clean up, clear out, an… Open “Unstuff your life! : kick the clutter habit and co…” in catalog Unstuff your life! : kick the clutter habit and co…
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Now that you’re on the path to having a clutter-free home, let’s have some fun with the stuff you don’t want, and by fun we mean making your trash someone else’s treasure.

8 Tips for Sellers

  1.  Ask family and friends to help you with a sale.
  2. Clean items before the sale, taking note of damaged or fragile items.
  3. Advertise in the paper, online, craigslist, freecycle, yard signs.
  4. Collect plenty of hangers, clothes racks and tables to display your items on.
  5. Remember to get some small bills and coins to make change.
  6. Check out pricing guides from the library to make sure you don’t over- or under-price items. Weed out valuables before your garage sale. Never expect to get “book value” at a garage sale.
  7. Have a plan for leftover items, such as donating them to a charitable organization.
  8. Make big signs or use boxes for similar items that are all priced the same.

Helpful (and Cool) Garage Sale Books

 

Contributing writer: Deb Bryan, Adult Librarian

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.