However, you now have heaps and bags of things that just need to get gone. Some are worth money. Some could be used by others and charitably donated. Some can be recycled. Where to start?
First, forget about a yard sale. It’s a huge amount of work. Unless you have too much time on your hands and lots of eager helpers, it’s not worth it.
Auction it: for relatively valuable furniture, art and collectibles
O’Gallerie Auctions in Portland knows their stuff and they’re reputable. Prepare yourself to be shocked (and not in a good way) by what you can sell these things for today. You won’t get back what it’s worth, but at least you’ll know someone else wanted it and will use it. . The commission % depends on how much they are able to sell it for. http://www.ogallerie.com
Sell it yourself
It takes some effort and patience, but it’s usually worth it.
- Locally: http://portland.craigslist.org Sign up for a free account to manage your listings easily. List in the appropriate For Sale section – with photos and measurements. Also note the FREE category there. It’s amazing what people will take off your hands and haul away.
- Nationally (or further) http://www.ebay.com
Furniture Consignment stores:
Some may pick up, but be prepared to rent a truck and haul to them.
- Divine Consign, 904 Main Street, Vancouver. You get to keep 50% of selling price, or donate to one of their charities. http://divineconsignfurniture.org
- Upscale Consignment in Gladstone: http://upscaleconsignment.com
- Consignment Northwest in Beaverton: http://www.consignment-nw.com
- Do the google to get a much more extensive list
Clothing resale stores
Some specialize in kids clothes, others in vintage, plus size, etc.
Paper and Photos
Digitize what you want to keep, but in less bulky form:
- Use Evernote for emptying your brain and putting all the info in reach with a quick search on your cell phone, PC, Mac, the web. Replace all those scribbled notes and lists, business cards, receipts, warranty info, recipes, measurements, paint colors, prescription numbers and dates, books and movies, travel plans, juicy quotes. Download free at https://www.evernote.com. You will thank me.
- Let a professional scanning service scan your photos, negatives, slides, home movies. https://www.scancafe.com (watch or call for special deals)
- Costco Photo does this too, but the service is temporarily suspended until a security breach is fixed. Ouch.
- Make photo books at http://www.snapfish.com , shutterfly.com and others.
Just to get rid of it!!
Think beyond Goodwill to places like the Cancer Society, Humane Society, Friends of the Library, Free Geeks, your church rummage sale. Here’s a long list of charitable organizations for still usable items:
- http://scrappdx.org 1736 SW Alder St (at Burnside) Portland takes all sorts of things from your abandoned creative projects and turns them over for kids and others to reuse in new creative projects. Drop off your stuff and run, because you will be sorely tempted to restock.
Paper shredding for sensitive documents:
Electronics, automotive, construction, yard, paper, plastics, metals etc
If you missed my clutter clearing class at Clark College, it’s scheduled again for Tuesday, February 2, 2015. Catalog listing is here: “clutter-clearing class”. If you’d rather have me come to your home and get you started or help arrange what’s left more artfully, give me a call at 360-903-3659.