Now that the sun is out and the weather is warm, many families across the Atlanta area are taking to the annual tradition of spring cleaning. Parents will purge clothes, toys, and electronics while children gather up half-completed crafts and old papers. While a lot of items end up in the trash, there are always some gems that can be passed on to others.
In a world where consumerism is at an all-time high, it can be hard to part with possessions. Americans rapidly replace televisions, game systems, and appliances but never seem to discard the old ones. In his book, It’s All Too Much, Peter Walsh, from TLC’s show Clean Sweep, explains that change across all areas of one’s life can be brought about just by reducing the clutter and asking if the things people purchase are really going to improve their lives.
As you go through your home, make two piles: trash and sell. In the trash pile put things that are obviously not reusable such as old school papers, receipts, clothes with tears, and broken appliances. In the sell pile place anything that another person may need. This pile should have clothes in good condition, books, appliances that aren’t being used, furniture, working electronics, and toys.
Once you have a sell pile well-established there are a few things that can be done: yard sale, local consignment sales, eBay, Craigslist, or online consignment. There are pros and cons to each of these methods. eBay and online consignment shops charge fees associated with the posting of items. However, both have large audiences so the chances of selling are higher. Yard sales, local consignment sales, and Craigslist are usually fee-free. While the shopping pool is much smaller, it is still possible to sell items for a price that you find acceptable. To find a local consignment sale in the Metro Atlanta area, check out ConsignmentMommies.com.
Any items that are left unsold should be immediately donated to local thrift stores. Atlanta is home to a number of quality second-hand shops that will gladly accept merchandise. If you decide to donate, remember to keep a record of the items for tax purposes. Some of Atlanta’s premiere thrift stores are Junior League of Atlanta’s Nearly New, Goodwill, Value Village, and Last Chance Thrift Store.
Spring cleaning is a great chance to make a few extra dollars whether immediately or come tax season. Once this year’s cleaning session is over, work together as a family to find ways to reduce purchases and clutter in the coming year. Going through this process will reduce the headache going through possessions can cause.