When we decided to start this full-time RV-ing adventure, we had 3 properties (1 house, 2 commercial properties) and a TON of crap. At one point, six people lived in my 4000 square foot
crap-holder house, including a pack-rat mother-in-law whose favorite hobbies including beading, puzzles and books. I swear her crap filled up half the house alone.
Warning: Getting rid of all your crap is NOT for the faint-of-heart. And these tips may not work for everybody. But its what worked for us, so I’m sharing them here for you.
Declutter: The first thing you need to do is go through all your crap and decide what’s completely useless and what may hold some value. You will be amazed at how much of your crap is utterly useless to the rest of the world. You will wonder where all this crap came from??? Throw it out – its crap. Seriously, nobody wants it. I made the mistake of thinking my crap was actually worth something, and that somebody would want it. So I filled 3 big tables in my garage sale full of useless crap. And at the end of the garage sale, I had 3 big tables of useless crap, that I hauled to Goodwill, cuz God knows everyone in Goodwill wants my crap, right???
Inventory: Now, you need to decide which of your stuff is actually useful. A good guide is to deem useful anything that you yourself used on a daily basis, like your TV, sofa, end tables, Playstation, computer, dishes – ya know, useful crap. Decide which of the useful crap you actually want to keep (hint: family heirlooms and pictures – the end), and find some sucker to store this useful crap for you, or get a storage unit. We opted for a storage unit, because we had 2 businesses right before we sold it all, and by law you have to keep all business paperwork for 7 years for tax purposes, in case Uncle Sam decides he wants to audit you (talk about crap!)
Take Photos Of All Your Crap: Once you have figured out which of your crap to sell, you need to take photos of it all so you can list it online. A small point and shoot camera, or even your cell phone camera will work just fine for this. This is no time to channel Ansel Adams here, just git ‘er done! I recommend creating a “Crap To Sell” folder on your computer’s hard drive and putting all the photos in there for easy access.
Post Your Crap On Craigslist: Trust me, just use Craigslist. I tried a few of the other fancy-schmancy sites like BooKoo and Wallapop. Nobody goes there. Folks who are looking for your crap are on Craigslist, period. If your crap doesn’t sell right away, or the jerk doesn’t show up after they say they want your crap (which happens often), you may have to lower the price and re-list it. Re-list it every other day if you don’t get any action right away. And EVERYTHING is sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. First dude to show up with the money gets your crap. That way if the jerk doesn’t show up when he says he will, hopefully there is somebody right behind him with cash in hand who DOES show up. I used Craigslist to sell bigger items like large furniture pieces. Smaller furniture pieces and other chatchke went in the garage sale.
Hold a Garage Sale: Again, first dude to show up with the money gets the crap. I had people say, “I want this item but I don’t have enough money. Will you hold it for me?” Your answer should be, “Hell, no.” Because you have no idea if the jerk is actually gonna show back up with the cash and take your crap.
Everything Left Goes To Goodwill: Whatever crap is left at the end of garage sale day gets hauled to Goodwill. Now I don’t wanna hear all about how the Goodwill guy is making a killing on my crap because people DONATE their stuff and then he SELLS it at 100% profit. I don’t care. My crap is gone, and that’s all I care about! Remember those 3 tables full of crap nobody wanted? It’s no longer MY problem! Snerk!!
Bon Voyage Baby!: Now, wave to all your neighbors and the poor saps in your town who are gonna be stuck there all winter and head for the beach Honey! You worked hard and you deserve it!! I’ll meet ya there with the umbrella drinks!