4 things to do in January to prepare for your yard sale
Yard sales take a lot of time to pull off, so getting started now will help you be organized as the big sale approaches.
1) START A BIN: Buy a big storage tub, dedicate a room or otherwise create a space to put all the items you plan on selling at the yard sale. Now that you have this place, start filling it with yard-sale worthy items. Tell your family to put anything they don’t want (except that broccoli you served for dinner) in “the pile.” In no time, you’ll have a healthy inventory of money-makers.
2) SORT YOUR WINTER CLOTHES: Go through your current wardrobe of winter clothes and decide what you like and what you want to sell. If you store your winter clothes in totes during the warmer months, this is especially important so you don’t have to dig them back out. While you’re at it, you might as well launder all of them, too. When your done, store them in your yard sale spot inside tied grocery bags (to keep them dust free).
3) PICK YOUR DATE: This is the time of year when the vacation planner is circulating around the office. Figure out the best days for your yard sale and take off a few days before so you can prepare. Tell your family, neighbors and friends at work about your plans and maybe they’ll join in too. Remember, the chances of bad weather on your yard-sale day during your yard-sale hours are actually quite slim, so just go ahead and schedule it.
4) BEGIN YOUR LIST: Keep a notepad in your yard sale bin area, and every time you put something in it, write it down. This will help you in two ways. First, it will help you remember what’s going in there in case you decide you need those 2-sizes-too-small ski boots again. Second, as your yard sale date approaches, you’ll have a great start on writing a classified ad — you won’t have to say “something for everyone” or “too much to list” when you have a complete inventory of what’s for sale.