|Before: head-on view of the (2-car) garage|
|After: still a 2-car garage, but better!|
The post-garage-sale what-to-do-with-the-leftovers question was not as easy as last year. Ended up with 5 locations for items:
- pile for passing along to my children (very few items, carefully screened)
- Goodwill (which we dropped off as soon as the sale was over)
- Community Sharing (local organization that hosts the food bank and supplies families experiencing hardship with household goods)
- Bring Recycling (reuse warehouse for building materials)
- Quilter's Yard Sale pile
Notice that there's not a category for it-didn't-sell-and-I-couldn't-part-with-it-so-I'm-keeping-it items. No sir.
Here's what did not happen - a view of my neighbor's yard, with bins of unsold garage sale items piled up and ready to go back into the storage shed.
We already started talking about having another garage sale. Maybe not as soon as next year (a divorce and two moves have a way of flushing out the excess items), but I can imagine another wave of decluttering resulting in enough stuff for another sell-it-all extravaganza within a couple years.