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Garage Sale Time

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With my job, part time job, school starting, part time foster kids and getting ready to move…not to mention regularly scheduled kids’ activities our lives are humming right along.  And before I know it we will be packing up a truck to move just a few miles away.

That being said, I’ve scheduled our IT’s DONE DAY otherwise known as Garage Sale day.  My goal with this is to inspire us to continue working through things a steady if not rushed pace.  We are making every other day trips to local thrift stores to drop things off, the garage is full of things listed for sale or being held for the garage sale and our home is getting more organized by the day.  I’m loving it!

So my IT’s DONE DAY is to be the final day of our purge.  By that time, we should have gone through every room, every cupboard, every box, every closet and divided things into four groups…1) goes to the apartment, 2) goes to the trash, 3) goes to donation (and is in the back of the car) and finally 4) for the garage sale.    At the end of IT’s DONE DAY, we will have had our garage sale, and had a donation truck come pick up everything that did not sale.  The only items remaining in our home will be 1) the things going to the apartment and 2) the appliances that we need to continue to use until we move ie: refrigerator, washer, dryer, lawn equipment.

I’m pretty proud of my plan…here’s the schedule for the remainder of these two weeks (I’m typing this up on Sunday so I’ll have already gotten through some of this:)

Sunday/Monday*Kitchen
TuesdayGymnast' Room including closet
WednesdayPrincess' Room
ThursdayCoat, Game and Linen Closets
Friday*/Saturday/SundayMy Room
MondayPrincess' Closet
TuesdayBathrooms and Misc
WednesdayGarage
ThursdayWalk thru house, check all cabinets, closets and cupboards
FridayGet ready for sale tomorrow!

*The asterisks represent a goal to get to the thrift store that day for donations.  Because I have so much else going on, it’s important I put these on my calendar so I make sure they happen, otherwise our car will be full of donations and nowhere to sit!

I have to admit I HATE garage sales, I never feel like they are worth the effort.  And when I mean hate, I mean, like on my top 10 things I do not want to do.  But I am hoping since we have so much furniture that must go we can actually see some benefits from this one.  I know this has been written about before, but if you have any hints for easy garage set up or making your garage sale a success I’ll take it!  The little ones have already started working on their sigh for a lemonade stand and the twins are setting their stuff aside that they think they can make some money off of…this is a family affair!


Minimizing our Wardrobes

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I am so grateful for all the support and advice during this time of transition as we downsize from 1800 sq ft to 900 sq ft.  I am fully embracing this change and ask I mentioned earlier this week I have already begun downsizing in regards to our furniture and planning what will go with us to the apartment in that regards.

Someone mentioned “minimalist blogs” and another zenhabits.net. Since then I have been reading voraciously on this ideal.  And I am convinced that this is the way for us to go.  So now I have to get the kids to buy in because let’s face it, the majority of our day to day clutter…it’s theirs!  So here is what I’ve done so far in this regards and if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them…

  1. We discussed the space issue in the apartment and how it feels when  a room in our house is full of stuff vs just a few usable items.  This was easy to demonstrate this week as we have cleared out rooms and seen them go from crowded feeling to really big and open, free.
  2. I sent the three oldest a link to this article: http://zenhabits.net/a-guide-to-creating-a-minimalist-home/ and asked them to read it so they would understand where my mind was.
  3. And then I went all in, dragging them with me…I gave them a list of clothing items they could bring on this move.  Everything else must either be trashed or donated.  And the twins were assigned the task of getting their closets in order yesterday.

For those of your interested, this is the list I gave my teenagers:

Underwear7+Socks10+
Undershirts7+Pajamas3
Jeans2Dress Pants1
Cargoes1Nice Shorts2
Athletic Shorts1Pant of choice2
T-shirts7Dress shirt2
Hoodie3Winter Jacket1
Polo2Suit1
Athletic Shoes2Dress Shoes2
Slides1Sandal1
Boots1

I did make some exemptions from this list:  1) Sea Cadet does not have to count his Navy uniforms, etc in these numbers, but all Sea Cadet paraphernalia must fit into the tubs we previously purchased to keep them in; and 2) History Buff does not have to count his additional number of dress clothes he has for his TeenPact participation, but they must fit in one hanging bag which he takes when he goes to conferences.

I realize that this could not be a universal list, and I still think the numbers are a bit high, but I think it’s a good start.  And I am going to try really hard to enforce a 1 in – 1 out type of philosophy with new items.

I will be taking this same philosophy with the younger two, but since they out grow their clothes almost every season still they don’t typically have a cross season wardrobe so it will be limited by number of outfits I think rather than particular items.  Make sense?


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