Journal | Contact
How To Consign, Turning your Cluttered Closets into Cash, by Kate Holmes of TGtbT.com
  HowToConsign on Facebook  How to Consign on Twitter How To Consign's blog HowToConsign on Pinterest 


 CLEANING OUT, ORGANIZING, FEELING FREE!

 
They say it's easy. They lie. Cleaning out your stuff, figuring out what to save and what to pass on, it's hard. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you might even cuss a bit under your breath. But it's worth it to feel free.

FIRST: WHAT REALLY ENHANCES YOUR LIFE?
  The easiest possessions to get rid of are those you don't use. You know what these are: the ottoman you constantly trip over, the dress that was perfect for last year's cruise but when do you ever go dancing at home, the toys Uncle Bob thought would be perfect but which your kids disdain.
   Okay, those things are piled up to get rid of. Next, tackle the things you ought to use, but don't. The heavy-duty pastry mixer (who has time to bake?) and the barbells. And the things that were once useful but now are gathering dust. The stroller (Jaime is so not into sitting still) and the best-selling books and DVDs you'll never look at again. Get rid of them before they become outdated.
  The absolutely, no-holds-barred hardest stuff to get rid of? Your favorite... mistakes. Doesn't matter how costly they were, those Jimmy Choo's (that pinch your toes) or that cashmere baby blanket (does Aunt Maude have no sense whatsoever?): if it is not an asset to your life as you live it now, pass it on!

SECOND: SORT 'EM OUT
  Not everything you've just decided to part with is worth consigning or selling to a buy-outright shop. Some aren't "even" worth donating to a charitable thrift shop.

  • The best quality, condition, and style clothing should be freshly-washed and pressed and hung neatly. If you're sorting out decor items, check them for all parts, and make sure they are free of chips, scratches, and tarnish. These are the items you'll be taking to your friendly local consignment or resale shop. See Would you Wrap this in a Festive Bow? for more info.

  • The next level down, perfectly good and clean items that are no longer in style but useful, will go in your "Donate" pile for the charitable shop of your choice.

  • The final level, terribly worn, non-working, or soiled-for-good items should be thrown away or put in a "free" box at your next garage sale. Do not burden a charitable shop with the job of throwing away things you know are no longer useable...all you will be doing is adding to their costs of operating the thrift shop.

NOW, CHOOSE THE SHOP YOU WILL USE. ACTUALLY, CHOOSE SEVERAL.
    Selecting a shop or two to take your underloved items to is not a task to be undertaken lightly. We discuss what you should look for in a consignment or resale shop here.

READ MORE:
Challenge: Find 52 things you don't need in your home right now
Find a shop near you
Which shops will have the best stuff to buy?

 

 

HowToConsign.com is at pinterest.com/HowToConsign Follow our blog How To Consign on Facebook HowToConsign is on Twitter

HowToConsign is a customer service brought to you by its Sponsor Shops & TGtbT.com
How to find the best consignment, resale, and thrift shops at HowToConsign.com
List your resale shop on HowToConsign.com