Many times when decluttering a home, it’s easy to think “I need to store this in the garage and have a garage sale in a couple months.”
Sure, it’s a tempting thought.
But let me give you some reasons why you shouldn’t:
1. Having a garage sale means all the clutter you’ve been working to get rid of, isn’t actually gone. It’s stored. Which means it can still make you feel guilty: guilty for still having it. Guilty for not having a garage sale yet. Guilty for taking up so much space, still.
2. The amount of time and energy put into having a garage sale could be spent accomplishing more: spending quality time with loved ones, or even clearing out more areas of your home.
3. Garage sales take more work than they pay. Take a look at the last time I had a garage sale:
Working on the garage sale:
- Declutter ~the only thing I actually needed to do~
- Take boxes to garage.
- Advertise for the sale.
- Make signs.
- Get change from bank.
- Set up tables/canopies
- Organize/set everything up.
- Price everything.
- Work the sale.
- Pack everything up/donate leftovers.
Time spent: 3 full days, approximately 24 hours. (And no, I didn’t count the hours decluttering!)
Money made: $120.00
My income: $5.00/hour
By the end of the day I was so exhausted we ordered pizza.
So, is $5/hour followed by a crappy dinner. Worth it? For the majority of us, no. It’s not.
You’ve already worked through all the emotions of letting things go. Why put yourself through emotionally going through it again when you set the sale up? And again when someone buys the item? Or when no one buys it and you have box it up for donation?
That’s dealing with decluttering stress 3 times more than necessary.
Instead, just let it go. Let it go the first time. Make a practice of taking your decluttered items directly to the car and dropping them off at a donation site next time you are running errands.
The only time I recommend having a garage sale is if you are following a debt snowball plan and are working intensely to pay down some debt.
What do you think? Do you feel garage sales are worth the effort? Leave a comment below and let me know.