Taming the Garage Clutter Monster

As parents, we love our children and it’s only natural that we love to delight them by bringing home lots of toys and goodies. However, if you’re like me, you see them play with a new toy a few times, then off to the garage it goes! There are so many tiny cars, rocking horses, sandboxes, train tables and water slides sitting in my garage, there’s not even room for my car anymore. I know I’m not the only one with this problem, because our recent survey found that 6% of American parents said they no longer park their car in the garage because their children’s items have taken over their entire home. In fact, 62% of parents said their children accumulated more stuff in a year than they themselves did in five. 

I’ve decided it’s time to tame the garage clutter monster and get rid of all this unnecessary stuff (not to mention, reclaim my parking spot). I figure now’s the time because I will have more time this summer to do fun projects with my son Jack, who’s turning four soon. Yes, I’m going to try to make this fun if it kills me! My action plan is to have Jack help me pick out three of the largest toys we no longer use and list them on eBay Classifieds. Once we sell them to another family, we’ll use the money we make to pay for a fun family outing, like a trip to the amusement park or beach.

One great way to see which of your unwanted belongings are most in demand is to browse other items for sale on eBay Classifieds in your area and see how much similar items are selling for. During my research, I came across this ad for an incredible Rokenbok set on eBay Classifieds Indianapolis. It’s for sale at a great price, but I better not let Jack see it, or we’ll never get our garage cleared out!

Decluttering your garage and selling your stuff on eBay Classifieds will be a big help to you, but you can also help others, too. For every ad you post in the For Sale category between now and July 31, eBay Classifieds will make a donation to Enough is Enough, an organization dedicated to making the Internet a safe place for children, a cause that’s also close to our hearts.

So before I get started, I want to hear your stories  — what is the biggest item in your garage that you’d love to get rid of?