On another note, as much as I love going to garage sales, I hate HAVING a garage sale. That's probably why I had 10 years of stuff piled up in this house. Moving is the only thing that makes me get rid of things.
I cleared out the closet under the stairs yesterday, and started piling all of the 'garage sale' things in the formal living room and the things to take to the dump in the kitchen. After COMPLETELY clearing the closet (this is a HUGE freaking closet! L-shaped and about 10 feet long and 6 feet wide at the back.), I went to Wally-World and got several cheap white plastic shelves, the heavy duty kind you usually put in your garage. I now have shelves along the back wall that hold all of my crafts and other 'pamper me' items that only get used occasionally - like the big green massage monster from Brookstone. The long wall is lined with shelves and holds the boys' games, sports equipment, and other odds and ends. I hope to get it where most of their toys are in that closet on the shelves, and out of bins spread throughout the downstairs.
I also cleaned out the attic. It's absolutely AMAZING! Before this, things were piled all the way to the stairs. You had to go to the top of the stairs and just TOSS things over the pile to 'store' them. That's all gone now. Just our holiday things up there. I went through everything and did the garage sale / dump it sort again.
Today, I brought down all of our storage boxes for clothes that are on our closet shelves and made 5 large bins into about 2. The rest is garage sale. I did the same for the boys closet.
Then, I piled the van FULL of bags and took everything I'm tossing to the dump.
You pretty much can't see our living room. it's completely covered in about 5 feet of STUFF - an elliptical machine I never use, a high chair, double stroller, bouncy seat, clothes, toys, four car seats, puzzles, EVERYTHING.
I feel so CLEANSED!!!! I hope I can get to my office closet before the sale on the 30th and 31st. It needs serious help and I know there is a lot that can go from there. It's also a walkin closet you can't walk in. Maybe I'll even get to the spare room closet.
Oh, and screw this 'back alley, everything on tables' shit. My garage sale is going to be in the front yard, spread out on the yard or in bins. I'm taking advantage of the fact that the neighborhood right next to our house is having a 'neighborhood' garage sale those days, and they're doing lots of advertising. I'm just going to put a sign in my front yard, have my stuff out and bleed off of their traffic *laugh*