questionsdo you have so much stuff you would consider…


I do it on my own, or w/ help of a friend from time to time. Biggest problem is that I'm horribly sentimental.
Having an objective opinion can indeed help the process.


That type of organizational help can apparently be enormously effective and helpful, and it sounds as if it's working well for you.

I'm pretty much a packrat, hampered badly by the fact that I have a very tiny house with very little storage. I'm in the middle of fairly well motivated cleaning-out this weekend, however, and and I'm being as firmly unemotional as I can about it. (I won't elaborate on the two bankers' boxes of supplies and memorabilia I still have from an office I closed down in, er, 1992.)

To answer your question, yes, I'd consider paying a professional to help me, but I think I'm making sufficient progress to leave that option on the table for now.

I'm really glad you asked this question, though, since I'd forgotten such services exist and I'm happy to hear your positive results from getting assistance.


I recently sold my home of 34+ years. It was overflowing w/"stuff." Downsized to less than 1/2 the space. I hired someone who does estate sales. Commission charged is 25% of the gross sales. Had used him before a few years ago for other "stuff" I was done with. In essence those items were on consignment & went into other estate sales. The commission on that was 35%. Made a tidy profit.

This was a large sale at my (sold & vacated) residence. I did nothing other than decide what to move; what to leave for the sale. All the rest was handled by him....staging, pricing, advertising, etc. Did have to make many difficult decisions...would have anyway I did it.

@ceagee: I'm sentimental, too. Makes it difficult to part w/some things.


Nothing a match won't resolve...but then you start all over again collecting.


I wouldn't hire someone, but I've often thought that it would be interesting part time work to take up. My possessions (other than the necessities) have always gone in waves. I just seem to wake up one morning, and determine that there's too much stuff, and I start reducing it. I love beautiful things, but exactly which things I find beautiful changes all the time.

I'm far more organized than I look to be at first glance. I'm perfectly content to have clutter, as long as it's confined to certain rooms (the computer room tends to have two or three on-going projects, in various states). I really believe the maxim of "A place for everything, and everything in its place."

I've never liked those sterile Martha Stewart sorts of homes, though. Things should look lived in, and show something of the people that do the living.

I have a cedar chest more than half full of things that I cannot part with, and other containers too, filled with the flotsam and jetsam of life.

Fun question. :-D


Wrote a long answer. Lost it. Urgh!

Short version: we upsized to a huge old house about the time the in-laws downsized. MIL is a strange variation on a hoarder; she can't throw things out, but won't keep them, so she drops them off in our garage or workshop when we're not here. Between their stuff, DH's work samples (outside industrial sales - he works from home), materials from the volunteer group I run, and the 30+ boxes of things I brought home from work when I retired, I NEED some help!

In other words, where do I sign up?


Our community has an annual garage/yard sale. Great way to clean out the garage. If someone makes an offer, it's theirs. (The tools and yard stuff are not for sale...)


Just out of curiosity, what's a service like that run?

I'd lean towards "no" though.. for a list of reasons, but probably the biggest being that I just have way too little trust in strangers to let somebody come into my house like that :).


@drchops: We paid $25 an hour to have her help us make decisions but her effective rate is hard to determine since she's selling your stuff for you as well as helping you decide. We had her come in for a 6 hour session and she came back a few days later with a $400 check...she took no cut for the sale of the items and has great contacts for almost everything that pay good money for things they find desirable. If the item has no value she knew how to dispose of it properly (I own a computer store so lots of e-waste) and only used consignment shops as a last resort.

As for the trust aspect I am the type that leaves my car running when I go into a gas station...i figure the art of the manual transmission is lost on most people anyway...but I totally understand being wary (my mother was robbed and distrusts people now.) of outsiders. If you lean that way, I highly suggest meeting up with your organizer for a cup of coffee and getting a feel for them.


@shrdlu: this was a part time idea turned full time job for my organizer...I did a little helping with word of mouth referrals and glowing online reviews, but at the end of the day she's the one convincing people the service would benefit them. She had a very calm demeanor and radiated honesty...if people are quick to get comfortable with you, this may be a good endeavor.


@belyndag: is the service we used, based here in Cincinnati...she was actually on an episode of "hoarders" once, a fact I found comical.