How many of you tackled spring cleaning yet? Well, you’re in luck if you haven’t… there’s still time to clear out your clutter to make some room for the summer heat! Sure you can rearrange some stuff in your home and throw out your unused junk, but I like to think outside the box with my hoarding situation.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things I needed to get rid of.
Old Schwinn bike
Junk metal art piece
Vintage camera in original packaging
Lion made of straw and old flip flops
Cowboy hats, how many can you have?
One thing I’ve done in the past to downsize my stuff is to host a raffle party with my friends and family. It’s pretty simple and you can use the money you make to pay for that renovation you’ve always wanted or that new piece of furniture you’ve had your eye on. At the very least, your party will pay for itself!
How To Host a Raffle Party:
1. First, find all of the stuff you need to get rid of. Search high, low and in those secret spots that might have filled up with stuff over the years. Once you have your inventory, it’s time to map it out! When I decided to do this, I picked a date and sent out invitations to all my family/friends to get them excited and interested in the event. If you know how many people are going to show up, you can figure out what you’re going to need in terms of snacks and drinks. You don’t want to forget to feed your guests!
2. Once you have all your items up for auction, divide your basement or outdoor space into equally sized sections. Then start picking and randomly placing your items into each of the spaces until you find everything a home. You’ll also want to label or number the sections for the raffle.
3. When it’s time to party, grab a roll of raffle tickets and have your guests purchase tickets for a certain price. The raffle tickets will cover the costs for your party snacks and drinks, so you’re bank will be happy! Then let your guests walk through your divided display to give them an idea of what they can possibly take home.
4. Once everybody has a chance to check out your goods, it’s time to raffle them off! Pick a ticket for each of your sections and whoever has the matching ticket gets to take home everything in that section. You’re going to have some seriously happy guests (and some disappointed faces) after this. And if you’re friends are anything like mine, you might experience some bartering and trading before the day is over.
Pretty cool, right? Here are a few more items I raffled off at my party.
Let me tell you… I’ve got some lucky friends!
Tiki candles, missing an eye
Do you have any unconventional ways to clear out clutter in your home? Share them in the comments below.
All images courtesy of Ty Pennington