Think you have too many things inside your house? Minimize the clutter and free up a lot more space by getting rid of some of your belongings for good. Our suggestion? Host a garage sale. Here are a few tips to help you begin:

1. Go scavenging.

The first thing you need to do is scour the house for items that you no longer need. Throw away those that are irretrievably damaged and sort through those that you can still make a quick buck on.

2. Make a master list.

Categorize your goods into several divisions: clothes, toys, and home decor. List down all your wares as well as the price for each item. This way, you can stay on top of which items are moving and which aren't.

3. Tag them.

Create special price tags for every piece you're selling. This will make it easier for your customers to decide if they can afford to buy something from your shop.

4. Secure permits.

Double-check if you need a special permit or license to operate in your neighborhood.This way, you won't run into any nasty surprises should someone inquire about the legality of your pop-up shop.

5. Spread the word.

You also have to be a little creative when it comes to marketing your garage sale. Come up with a nice name for your mini event. Leave a shout-out on Facebook or Twitter, send e-vites to your closest friends, and ask everyone to keep sharing it.

6. Put up a sign.

Just because you have a ton of things displayed on the sidewalk doesn't mean that your neighbors and other passersby will recognize your garage sale for what it is. Make sure the name of your garage sale is clearly visible.

7. Prepare a lot of change.

Make sure you have enough cash to spare as change. The last thing you want to happen is to let a prospective buyer walk away.

8. Get help.

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A garage sale may seem like a one-woman team kind of project, but it takes more than just one person to make it successful. You need someone to man the cashier, talk to the customers, and keep watch. Ask your siblings or your cousins to help out.

(Photo by Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose via Flickr Creative Commons)

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