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Garage Sale Blues: A Suite in Three Movements
by James Kowalczyk

Honeychild, I’m here to help. For years I too have wrestled with the demon- you know the one- he sits on your shoulder and whispers: sell, don’t sell, sell...I would get in a tizzy over it. Let’s just say my ability to jump over stuff would give any athlete a run for their money. And believe me, I had stuff everywhere-staircases, bathroom, you name it. I hang my head when I recall those days.  Then one day, I said to myself: Dorothea, you have just got to stop spitting in the wind and get serious. Since then I’ve been busier than a cat trying to bury you-know-what on a marble floor. What follows is my hard-won bits of wisdom I’ve gained from experience.So fear not reader, as a great Roman orator once said: “As long as there’s life, there is hope. ”

When planning for a potential garage sale , there are three categories.

1.  The first category is composed of items that have exceeded your statute of limitations (this should never be more than three years) in terms of their usefulness. These are the things that you’ve kept around “in case you need it someday” or those you’ve held onto in order to avoid the guilt you would feel if you threw them away (as if your neighbor would really care if you got rid of those hideous curtains she gave you for your house-warming ten years ago). These items are the easiest to deal with. Simply ask yourself: “Have I used this in the last three years?” If the answer is “no” then it’s got to go. 

2. The second category is a bit trickier as these things you have actually been using but you have always secretly hated. You make enough money now to buy your own in the color, style, and size that you like. Examples of objects in this group include your sister’s old couch, your mother’s microwave (circa 1977) and the abstract painting that was hanging in your father’s den when you were a kid. These things were valued so much that they were passed off to you before the last stop for them- the dump.

3. This last category necessitates some deliberation. One has to ask oneself a difficult question; for example: “The soda stackers saved tons of refrigerator space in the refrigerator last summer, yet I’ve stopped using them. Why was that?” Or “How many whisks do I really need?” However, you must be strong and use logic as a weapon to cut through the webs that tangle your mind! Only you can decide what should stay and what should go. Be realistic when making this choice. If nothing else, you can always hold onto it until it fits into category number one.

If, during your analysis, you acquire paralysis, call me at Dorothea's Storage: 1-800-FOREVER