Why You Should Clean Out Your Closets this Month {…and how to make money doing it!}

If you’re like me, then cleaning means just putting stuff in less obvious places.  My living room might be spotless, but the closet in my hallway, well, it could compete with a closet straight from Hoarders.  Old Halloween costumes that I just can’t seem to part with because they remind me of sweet memories or because one day I swear they’ll want to wear them again.  My wedding RSVPs.  All 200 of them.  From 2006.  I’m telling you — the struggle is real.

VarageSale Clean Closets

But this fall, I am enlisting the help of my handsome husband {because it was really his idea in the first place so by default he has to help, right?}, and we will be cleaning out closets once and for all.  Here’s why…

winter is coming.

I think it’s safe to say that we can finally pack away the tank tops, shorts, and the rest of our summer clothes and sandals. It seems like cooler temps are here, and it’s time to make room in the closet for winter coats, vests, and layers. That makes now a great time to clean out those items that don’t fit now, won’t fit by next summer, or those items that were just so well-loved that they won’t survive until the temps heat up again

’tis the season for receiving.

The holiday season is almost upon us.  Kids will undoubtedly be getting new gifts, new clothes, new toys.  I swear a grandparent’s gift criteria consists of how big and how loud said gift is. The bigger the better, right!? I don’t know about you, but we simply don’t have enough space for more gifts this year.  So in preparation to receive, my husband and I have scheduled in a day on the calendar where we will send the kids away, go through two closets and four rooms cluttered with toys, and set aside toys or games that our kids don’t play with anymore.

to make money.

Who doesn’t need or want some extra moolah this holiday season?!  Thanks to our sponsors at VarageSale it’s easy to remove items from your home — items that you no longer need or use —  and place them in a new home where they’ll continue to be put to good use and be well-loved. Plus, they have a very cool money-making incentive going on right now. Seriously, you can earn as much as $125 just for listing your items on VarageSale right now! More about that below. Email Header

VarageSale was founded by a former elementary teacher, Tami Zuckerman in 2012 after she became frustrated using other sites to buy and sell online. She approached her husband, a programmer, and the two collaborated together to create something more user friendly with a better experience than existing classifieds sites or social networks.

VarageSale is a platform to buy and sell new and gently used items within your local community. Being built around trust and real identities, VarageSale has resonated well with people all across the US, especially moms. They have hundreds of local communities across 42 states and millions of users.   Because VarageSale categorizes their uses based on their general vicinity, it is super convenient to buy and sell close by without driving all around this massive city.  This is key for a city as large as Houston!  As an added bonus, it’s a nice and organic way to meet and get to know your neighbors.

’tis the season for buying…

… so why not save money while doing it? If they haven’t started already, your kiddos will be mentioning and forming their holiday and Christmas wish lists.  I’ve already started asking my kids, and topping off my son’s list for the third year in a row are trains.  A quick peek around VarageSale’s Inner Loop Houston community shows that there are a couple Thomas the Train pieces for sale at a fraction of the retail price — one unopened in its original box.

Looking for Local Deals - FBVarageSale couldn’t be easier to use.  It’s free to join and it’s available on iOS, Android, and online here.  The app uses location technology to sort the newsfeed based on what’s closest to you. The more people posting and shopping within a community, the more local your experience will be. You can also customize your VarageSale newsfeed so that only the categories and items you care about will show up!  Here’s how.

I love that VarageSale is moderated by local admins.  I also love that we can shop with confidence by browsing member profiles and seeing real names plus photos which have been vetted by the admins. Safety is key when shopping online, and VarageSale provides that.

We’re excited to announce that VarageSale is hitting Houston hard and heavy this fall and just in time for the holiday season.  They are launching many new VarageSale communities in Houston, on top of the many existing communities they already have.  And four of these just went live yesterday!   Clickable links below.

Humble/Kingwood
The Woodlands        Pasadena
Inner Loop Houston

lastly, to take advantage of these incentives.

VarageSale is running a very limited time “Super Seller” cash promotion, which is only available for the new communities mentioned above, and a Family Vacation to Orlando Contest.  Be sure to act quickly though, as the Super Seller promotion is only available to the first 100 new sign-ups per community.

Here’s how to participate ::

  • Super-sellers-promo-fb-graphic You must sign up via these links above.*
  • After sign-up you will earn $5 for every item {up to 25 items} you list for sale.
  • Then, sit back and collect up to $125 plus the cash you get when someone purchases your for-sale item.
  • Also pray to your Disney gods because every item listed for sale will also earn you an entry into a state-wide contest to win a family vacation for up to 5 people to the most magical place on earth — Disney World.
* Please note that the Super Seller offer is available to new VarageSale sign-ups only and only eligible in new VarageSale communities.  Full terms and conditions available here.

Please Note :: While this is a sponsored post, we are raving fans of VarageSale and all thoughts and opinions are completely our own.

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Tiffanie, originally from East Texas, has called Houston home for over 10 years now. She and her husband met during undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University. They have one son, Preston {Jan 2011}, who was born with a very rare congenital heart condition and underwent a very successful open heart surgery at Houston's own Texas Children's Hospital when he was just two days old. In October 2013, Tiffanie welcomed a daughter, Hadley, into this world. She adores seeing life and this great city through the eyes of her children. She is a practicing physician assistant, passionate about Endocrinology and diabetes. Committed to connecting moms and families to all the fabulousness of this great city, Tiffanie started serving as our Sponsorship Coordinator in January 2014. Her days are now filled to the brim with taking care of her family, her patients, fielding sales calls, and scheduling sponsored posts. Her favorite pasttimes include drinking a full-bodied glass of red, retail therapy, a nice long run, and being near a beach - water soothes her.

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