, so we needed an easy way to merchandize both groups.
We settled on hosting our own online yard sale by building a marketplace “app” with this Coda doc. After a few tips from Maria Kondo (and honing our “joy sparking” instincts), we began listing the stuff around the house that we wanted to get rid of.
After categorizing our stuff, we published and sent the
section of this doc out to our friends and neighbors. The process ended up being fast, easy, and totally impressed our friends. Almost everyone who picked up an item made a comment like, “Wow, that was so organized and simple to use!”.
It went so well, in fact, that I’ve decided to share with you the steps and doc we used to manage it. I call it the Online Yard Sale Toolkit. I sincerely hope it helps you tidy up your own home!
You can host your own virtual yard sale in 3 easy steps:
The process of decluttering your things is just that - a process. I found it helpful to approach it in waves. The first wave was hosting a virtual yard sale for our friends and neighbors with this doc. But many items made it past the first wave, so we turned to additional channels to sell, donate, move, or store our things.
Click on the triangles below to explore my favorite tips and FAQ’s for tidying up the rest of your things.
How to sell stuff on eBay
For your more expensive items, it might make sense to list them on eBay. This is especially useful for more speciality items that your friends might not have been interested in.
When you sell something on eBay you then ship the items to the buyer, which opens up the pool of buyers beyond your friends and neighbors. This is great news because you’re much more likely to find someone out there interested in what you’re selling.
Add a description, photo, and price, then set your post live. This process is even easier after you host an online yard sale because you’ll already have a list of items you want to sell with photos for each item 🙌
It’s worth noting that if you are doing an actual garage sale IRL with all of your things on your front lawn, you can advertise on Facebook Marketplace in the subsection for “garage sales”. Just click Classifieds → Garage Sales.
How to sell on Craigslist
This one is similar to FB Marketplace, albeit a little bit clunkier. Craigslist feels like it hasn’t been re-designed since the 1990’s, but it’s the de-facto place to sell things locally.
Remember to snag a receipt from the donation center and self report the value of the items you donated. You can deduct that amount from your taxes 🤑
Moving or storing
If you’re on the fence about hiring moving help, just do it! Trust me on this one - it’s the best money you’ll ever spend.
When researching moving companies near me I usually look at Google Reviews first, and then price. The sweet spot is finding local moving companies that have a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, and is decently priced. This is one of those situations where you get what you pay for.