22 Aug 2017

Clearing the clutter: Brooke McAlary from The Slow Home podcast

With only four weeks to go the countdown is on to the NSW north coast’s biggest garage sale day of the year! Have your registered your garage sale? It’s the perfect chance to declutter the house, not to mention giving people the chance to reuse your pre-loved goods.

But decluttering is about much more than just tidying up the house according to Brooke McAlary from The Slow Home podcast. Over a process of two years, Brooke and her family managed to declutter more than 25,000 items from their home and discovered the joys of minimalism and simple living.
“I never realised how heavy my stuff was until I started letting it go,” says Brooke. What had felt ‘normal’ started to feel excessive as I began to declutter and give away or sell the things I didn’t need (or use or want!).”
“What I discovered, and the reason I’m so passionate about the benefits of simplifying, was clarity. Over time I could see more clearly the things that were important in my life, and gradually I realised that they weren’t really things at all,” says Brooke.


Top tips for decluttering


Brooke suggests that it’s best to break the process of decluttering down into manageable steps.

“Take it slow. You probably didn’t accumulate all your stuff over a month, so it will take you some time to work through it and feel OK about letting go,” says Brooke.
“Small steps taken consistently are more effective than one big spring clean every year. Commit to decluttering 10 things every day, or one small spot in your home and see the impact that makes over a month. You’ll be surprised!”
“Try not to confuse the memory for the thing. When it comes to sentimental items we often equate the item (souvenir, book, baby clothes, art work) with the time it reminds us of. If you can separate the two it will be much easier to judge an item on whether you actually like or use it, rather than muddy the waters by looking at an item and seeing a person or a memory,” says Brooke.

Let’s make second hand normal!


Brooke says that buying second hand and selling your unwanted stuff to others is a great way of reducing your own eco footprint.

“Chances are, everything you need already exists in the world, so why not get out in the community, meet people and see what you can unearth? I love this movement so much. Let’s make second hand normal!”

Register your garage sale


Second Hand Saturday is on again this year on Saturday 23 September across Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. There’s also a leftovers garage sale day on Saturday 30 September so you have double the chance to sell your stuff.

It’s free to register to hold a garage sale. You’ll get free promotion in local newspapers, online and in the Second Hand Saturday app. You’ll also be able to pick up your free garage sale sign from your local Council office. If you are selling something extra special or interesting let us know on the Second Hand Saturday Facebook page so we can spread the word.

Second Hand Saturday is coordinated by North East Waste on behalf of its member north coast Councils, funded by the NSW EPA's Waste Less Recycle More initiative through the waste levy.

3 Aug 2017

IT’S BACK! SECOND HAND SATURDAY REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

Biggest Garage Sale Day on the North Coast
Roll up, roll up! Second Hand Saturday is on again on Saturday 23 September across Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed regions. It’s the biggest garage sale on the north coast and a chance for you to turn your trash into treasure. A ‘leftovers’ day will also be held on Saturday 30 September so you get double the chance to sell your stuff.

Register online to hold a garage sale and we’ll promote it for free in local newspapers, online and in our handy Second Hand Saturday app. It’s free to register and you’ll also be able to pick up a free garage sale sign from your local Council in the weeks leading up to the big day.

With over 1,000 garage sales at last year’s event and hundreds of shoppers on the hunt for a bargain, this year is set to be bigger than ever. Jump on the bandwagon and make reuse and recycling fun!

3 top reasons to hold a garage sale


  1. Swap your clutter for cash – Second Hand Saturday is a great excuse to have a big spring clean and de-clutter the house. Why hoard all those unused and unwanted household items when you could sell them and put the money to good use? Clothes, furniture, kitchen items, toys, books and more … you’ll be surprised at how many things could be given a second life in a new home.
  2. Raise money for your local club – A giant garage sale is a fantastic idea for an annual fundraiser. It’s also an opportunity to get together and show off your team spirit as part of this fun community event. With free promotion across the north coast, don’t miss your chance to raise funds and spread the word about your cause.
  3. Help the environment – With millions of tonnes of waste being sent to landfill by Australian households each year, holding a garage sale is one of the best ways that you can join the war on waste. Avoid a trip to the tip and let someone else breathe new life to your old treasures. Together we can lead the way on reuse and recycling across the North Coast! Let’s do this!


What people said last year

"Thank you for organising this great event! We sold a lot, but we really enjoyed the social aspect and meeting different people."
" The unified approach and the brilliant and colourful advertising made me feel like I was part of something special. It was great to be spreading the reuse message and promoting less waste to landfill." 
"We got rid of a lot of stuff and there were plenty of people out looking at all the garage sales."

Register your garage sale


It’s free to register to hold a garage sale. Register online now! You’ll get free promotion and advertising in local newspapers, online and in the Second Hand Saturday app.

You’ll be doing your bit to reduce landfill while being part of a fun community event across the whole of the NSW North Coast.

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