It's no secret my house is in one massive state of confusion. I try to ignore it and even throw a rag on things to a) act like I'm dusting or b) cover that shit up. I have to say before I got pregnant with Thalon, my house was pretty damn clean. Like obsessively clean. Down to color-coded clothes in closets, actual ironed clothes and highly organized pantries and junk drawers. After these past 3+ years, that OCD shit left the building. Rich wishes it would come back with a vengeance even though I keep telling him he does not because his ass would be in just as much of a raging out of control ass grass-fire than mine is is daily.
I keep telling myself I am not a try "HOARDER" because we haven't found any unknown dead kittens underneath our beds and shoes and seriously, I watch the hell out of this show. I know I need positive affirmations but "my house isn't THAT dirty after all!" Just slightly "cluttered."
So, right now, I am in the middle of deconstructing this bitch. Breaking it down, throwing it away and going the old fashion route - getting that junk ready for a shit-fest garage sale.
I've only had one garage sale in my life and that was about 5-years ago a week before BlogHer '07. I only made $380.00 but that found money paid for my hotel stay. So, I have to say it was worth the trouble. Sort of....
This year, I'm hoping for a better pay out though I've donated the hell out of all of our baby shit and kids clothes. Mama needs new kitchen counter tops. Really, mama needs a new kitchen but I know this dream is entirely out of the realm of possibility these days. So, I'll settle with anything I can get my hands on.
One thing I'm selling this sale? Gift bags. Most people know that I am the "Great Depression bag and tissue paper hoarder." I mean, I'd rather save the $6 it takes to wrap your shit and spend it on the actually gift. I find it wasteful to throw away that perfectly good shiny bag and colorful paper.
I feel so strongly about this subject that I have indeed let this issue get out of control. I cleaned up two linen closets yesterday and found this gem in a bin. Perfectly color-coded crisp tissue paper.
A reminant of my once upon a time crazy OCD organizational skills.
This box of gift bags turned into a large laundry basket full of 4 for $1.00 sets of bags. Of course grouped by theme. Baby showers, Princesses, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and a few Christmas added to the mix. I sold a few of these sets at my last garage sale and they went in like 10 minutes. This basket alone is about $30 worth of crazy bag storing. It could be even bigger if I decided to go through my Christmas collection but I am not sure I want to get that crazy. People won't know who I am if everything is gone and organized.
How many of you actually hold Garage Sales? Do you find them to be a big waste of time or do you prefer to donate your castaways for a tax write-off?
Next up: My closet. Way more scary than gift bags and tissue paper shoving.