DIY tips to clean out your attic.

DIY Guide to Cleaning Out Your Attic

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Happy March! You know what that means: the days are longer, the pollen count is higher, and the spring cleaning season has arrived again. Whether you’re moving, remodeling, or decluttering, finally get around to tidying your attic this spring cleaning season. The time to part with what hasn’t seen the light of day since the 1980s is now. Following these easy steps, this seemingly daunting task can be completed in an afternoon!

1. Grab a Cold Drink and Switch on Some Rocking Tunes

You’re going to need it. Maybe listen to music from the decade you last cleaned out your attic, turning your attic into a time machine. The cold beverage will help you keep you cool, especially in poorly ventilated, stuffy spaces like an attic. If you can turn cleaning into something a bit more lively and fun it’ll go by in no time!

2. Make Three Piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash

Organizing your things into these three categories helps keep the cleaning process more orderly. When deciding what pile to put something in, consider the following:

  • When was the last time you used it?
  • If you moved, would it really be worth taking with you?
  • Is it broken? Is it worth keeping it to fix?
  • Does it really add anything to your happiness?

If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, get rid of it. Be honest with yourself! The trash and donation piles can be easily differentiated. If someone would spend money on the thing, donate it. If someone would not spend money on it, throw it out. Some local Palm Beach charities that accept donation include Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the Homeless Coalition. You’re doing a good deed by donating and reclaiming your attic space at the same time! Win, win! If you have a big attic with a ton of junk, it may be worth renting a dumpster for all the trash you’ve purged. Once you are left only with the keep pile, integrate your long lost treasures back into your home. Alternatively, pack them up in clear plastic containers, so you will easily be able to see the contents of each box next time you’re feeling inspired to clean out your attic. They’re also water and bug proof.

3. Sweep, Vacuuming, Dust, Repeat

Grab another drink and make sure you’re wearing some old clothing you don’t care about! This step gets messy. Get ahold of a good vacuum that not only has a large storage bin but that you won’t mind using for dirty places like your attic. If it’s particularly dusty up there, run by a home goods store and buy a few dust masks (especially for anyone who has slight allergies). Make sure to really get into the corners where the dust bunnies hide.

4. Check for Pests, Molds, and Water Damage

The trifecta of attic issues. Gone unchecked, any one of these issues can result in a very expensive mess. These problems should be addressed as soon as possible especially if you are trying to sell your home. Look up a local exterminator, mold remediator, or water remover if you run into any serious problems, as some issues are best left to the professionals.

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Checklist: How to Have an Effective Yard Sale

The idea of getting rid of all our useless junk in one day seems almost like a dream. But with a successful yard sale, it is completely possible. It can even become a monthly event and a great way to bring home some extra income. With a little planning and dedication, here are a few tips that can make a yard sale better and more profitable.

Gather All Your Things

Start gathering all the things you don’t want from your house. Put them in boxes, divide them into categories and check to see if you actually don’t want those items anymore. If you decide that they are possessions you can bear to part with, evaluate to see if you have enough things for a yard sale. Don’t forget to check all the rooms in your house, including the attics, basement, and garage, and even places you didn’t think of looking.

Set a Date and Time

First, your yard sale should be on the weekend. That can change depending on location or holidays, but the chances of a yard sale having more visits on weekends when people are off of work are higher. Waking up very early in the morning on the weekends is not ideal, but it is a must for this occasion. People that are actively looking for yard sales start hitting the streets around 7 am, so you should start between 7 and 8 am. It is common to be busy until 10 am and, after that, it gets slower until its safe to end the yard sale.

Check if You Need a Permit

Some counties may require a permit to run a garage or yard sale. Go to your city’s website and check if you need a permit; if you do, follow the steps given by the local authorities.

Preparing the Yard Sale

Once you have all the things you want to sell and have gotten your permit (if needed), it’s time to prepare your yard for the big day! You can’t just throw everything in the street or grass; you need tables, hangers, chairs, and other supplies. Make sure you have everything you need in your house and if not, see if you can borrow from friends or neighbors.

Advertising

Usually, a few cardboard signs on the main streets near your house should be enough to gather people. You should design your signs with bright colors and bold, black lettering with the words “Yard Sale” and an address or arrows pointing in the right direction. However, if you don’t live near a busy street or want to play safe and advertise on more channels, you can use online communities like Facebook, Craiglist, and yard sale websites like Yard Sale Search. While you have to be more direct with the cardboard, the online ads can have more details and photos.

Very Important: Be Realistic With Prices and Customers

Yard sales are meant to be cheap, so be ready for negotiation. You may put a given price on an item but end up selling it for a fraction of the price. Make sure you are ok with saying yes to negotiations, but say no when you want or have to. Some customers come with the idea of taking things almost for free, so a no-nonsense attitude can come in handy when needed. A good trick is to separate the most valuable items and putting them near you. That way, when people come to this area, you can say that there is no negotiating with them.

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Throw a Moving Sale: Decluttering Tips and More

When you’re moving house, you’ll want to move as few items as possible. Downsizing is a great way to cut the volume of work associated with moving, as well as the moving costs. The best way to downsize is by selling your unwanted or unneeded goods.

Not only does this save you money during the move, but you’ll make some money back from the sale. You can expect to make anywhere from 15-75% of the item’s original value.

Check out the following tips for setting up a smooth and profitable moving sale experience.

Parking

Consider parking arrangements. Can several cars park with ease nearby? Prepare for the possibility that a lot of people may show up all at once. Find out if your Homeowner’s Association has any rules or regulations on parking before moving day arrives.

Restrictions May Apply

There may be constraints placed on personal sales depending on where you live. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with these rules and regulations before advertising your sale. Check with local officials about any restrictions, permits, or taxes that may apply.

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Once you’re sure that you’ve jumped over all the red tape, you can begin to advertise your sale. Set a date and announce the sale online and in local newspapers.

Advertise the date, time, and place of the sale. Mention the parking situation with clear instructions.

Price Check!

Set aside items for sale and price them accordingly. Create an inventory list and organize items by type.

Label everything with prices so that it is clear. You don’t want shoppers to ask for prices every five minutes!

Why Not Haggle?

Everyone wants a good bargain, so prepare to haggle with people. If you’re flexible on the price, an item will likely sell a lot faster.

Split the Event

Consider sharing the event with another person. Check to see if a friend or neighbor wants to get in on the action. Split the work and have some fun while you’re at it!

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