Bos Organization Book Club: Chapter One: Is Your Home Healthy?

Book Club AT Chapter One

Catching you up (briefly, briefly!)

If you’re just joining us you can find out all about why we chose Maxwell Ryan’s excellent book Apartment Therapy: the eight step home cure as our first selection as well as its many benefits, and coverage of the acknowledgments and introduction right here. But here’s the deal, and why this has some benefits over an offline book club: you can jump in at any time. While it’d be great if you were reading along and practicing the book’s suggestions, don’t bounce if you’re not. There’s value to be gained both ways. But you do have to bring snacks and share, the current membership was unwilling to bend on this point. (more…)

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Launch of the Bos Organization Book Club: apartment therapy

Bos Org Book Club #1

Wait, a minute: what’s in this for me?

Sometimes, you’re like me and you read the words “book club” in a blog post and you’re all like, “Horray! I’m there – where’s the Kindle link and can I bring the plant powered brownies?”

And other times you read “book club” and you’re like the other me and you think, “Blah, blah, I don’t have the time or energy to read another self-help book especially over 8 weeks with an obsessive organizing blogger. Quick, turn on Key and Peele.”

But, no worries, because these posts will be for both versions of yourselves!

If you’re feeling like the wildly optimistic side of yourself you CAN read the chosen book right along with me, implement the prescribed practice, and dig into a fiery discussion about outboxes in the comments below.

And I promise you this: This book will give you a holistic view of how and why it’s worth it to reclaim a space and make it a home regardless of if you live in an apartment, a loft, or a mid-sized ranch. (I was going to add even if you live in a box, but let’s face it: that’s stretching it for this example.)

If you’re feeling tired and a tad bit grumpy, you’ll still find my summaries and overviews of the chapters a worthy remedy and while no substitute for the book itself, I daresay it might start to turn things around for you. It’s motivating. I’ll tell you what I told the other side of you in the previous paragraph: This book will give you a holistic view of how and why it’s worth to reclaim a space and make it a home no matter where you live. (more…)

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Organizing for Dudes: How to Tackle That F—- Sock Drawer

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A note for the ladies before we begin: this will work in your sock drawer too, plus there’s some lady specific advice not so stealthily added at the end. Excelsior! 

I remember hearing a NPR interview a few years back with a politician who had suffered a period of multiple scandals one after the other and as a result had to step back from the public eye for a bit.

“What did you do?” asked the interviewer. “What did you do, in the face of all of this public outrage and your own humiliation and shame?”

“Well…I started working on my sock drawer.”

NPR lady laughed a NPR lady laugh.

“I know it sounds funny, but in that time when you have so little control over your life, it’s enormously satisfying to take control over something like that: small and contained.”

Now, I’m not saying you have to run for office, get elected, and then commit multiple scandals in order to be motivated to organize your sock drawer but hey, it might help…

One of my closest friends and (former roommate) has been emailing that these blog posts are helping him clear out a lot of clutter in his life. I’m overjoyed, but he specifically mentioned his sock drawer is still a challenge. He writes, “Or, if you [have] some advice how to tackle that f— sock drawer that might be easier. My Mom used to roll them into little balls, which sure helped but ruined the elastics.”

I don’t mind telling you this is an area that I just sorted out for myself in the last few months after countless failed attempts. This current solution works well for me, I think it will help him out, and I think if you put your own variation of this in action (I know you will) you’ll feel the great relief and ease of setting up a small space with intention. This fall’s mantra? “Outer order equals inner calm.”

So do this:

1) Dump all the contents of your sock drawer on a flat and clean surface like your made (you made it right, dude?) bed. Have a trash can nearby and toss the socks with no visible mates, the hole-y socks, the ugly socks you never wear, and the jock strap you bought and wore once after the family planning surgery.

2) Divide the socks that are remaining into categories (again categories are key for any organizing project.) Depending on where you live in the world and where you go to work your mileage will vary, but mine looked like this: fun and fancy socks, running socks, no-show socks for when I’m wearing my shorts and Chucks combination, thick winter socks, and solid colored dress socks.

Los Angeles based professional organizer/Apple tutor Deron Bos shows how to organize a sock drawer for dudes.

Los Angeles based professional organizer/Apple tutor Deron Bos shows how to organize a sock drawer for dudes.

 

3) Simplify. This isn’t the blog to try to convince you to become a minimalist, but I am the guy to say, “Let’s stop and think about what you need rather than just keeping it, because you paid hard working cash for it at some point.”

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with a washer and dryer that doesn’t need the contents of your last couch dive than I would go with the recommendation of having no more than seven socks per category. If you’re still lugging your laundry to your apartment’s basement or further, maybe have a few more, but look at as the less you have the more you’ll be forced to do laundry on a regular basis (which ain’t a bad thing, brother.)

4) Fold the socks in half with their pairs. As my friend points out, the ball method will short the elastic out in no time flat and no one wants to be the dude with saggy socks like in the AMC classic tear-jerker: The Man in the Saggy Socks.

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5) Put em’ back in the drawer. Socks that are less in demand go to the back (as you can see this SoCal guy has the wool in the rear) and daily-use should be at the front. I didn’t go nuts with the dividers, but I did use one simple plastic tray to put my running socks in – it helps divide the rest of the drawer.

A short side note on drawer organizers for sock and under-garment drawers: I’m not against them, they can be helpful but don’t go too nuts with them. If you are a lady and just want to divide a drawer into three for your socks, bras, and underwear that might be awesome BUT where it might break down is the actual folding for these special dividers. There’s amazing folding techniques for these things, but I agree with Mary Cate of Charm City Organizers that some things just don’t need to be folded.

You got this, you know this routine now: take out, sort, purge/donate, and bring back only the essentials.

Now you tell me: what’s another small space where you’d like some help from the organized dude?

Organizing For Dudes is a series of articles written by Los Angeles based professional organizer/Apple tutor Deron Bos to help dudes (and those who love them) by learning core organizing principles.

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How the outer order of clothing dividers=inner calm

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This summer you’ve learned that essential life lesson: don’t fear the label maker.
You also learned how key labels can be in taming the beast: the linen closet.
Today I’d like to help you further your organizing education by showing you how those labeling principles can help you in creating order in your clothes closet.

First, the closet looks like this:

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“Aha!” you say. “Aha! How will you possibly get labels on that rod, that circular tube, Bos? At last you’ve met your match, organizing man.”
And then I show you this:

Clothing Divider in Man's Closet
Which is accomplished with the help of this product.


And again, what’s happening here? What are the benefits?

They include:

  • Elimination of repetition: in order to do this project, you’ll put your clothes into simple categories. When you do this, you might see like I did: there are three hoodies here, but I really only one wear this one and save the second one for camping. Bye-bye third one with a logo that always makes me feel like a branded schmo. Put more simply: creating categories makes decluttering a clearer process.
  • Visible priorities: as you put these dividers into place, it will be like constructing a file cabinet for your clothes. The high priority clothes (the ones you wear on a daily basis) will be at the front for easy access and the out of season can head towards the back. Being in L.A., my jackets are at the back of the closet, because for most of the year I usually only need the hoodies if that. (I realize, Nebraska, that’s a somewhat obnoxious California brag, but our weather is ah-mazing.)
  • Everything needs a place: another tried and true, but look at in action. You get back your Beatles style suit from the dry cleaner and you don’t need to just throw it in against your favorite chambray work shirt, you can put it right back in the suits section. Then when you attend your college sweetheart’s wedding they’ll be no tearing around the closet, you’ll know right wear to go to look like a million bucks.

What are we after? We’re after a small bit of order to give our life some comfort in the places where we have a measurable level of control.

I listened to a podcast this morning with Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project author and it started with her saying, “…One of the things that consistently surprises me is how much outer order contributes to inner calm.”

Now it’s your turn: tell me in the comments below what you do in your closet to make some outer order. Or your biggest current closet challenge.

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The simple essentials for an organized car

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Note: This is an updated post, I wanted to migrate it from the Bos Organization Tumblr, because there’s a ton of great stuff here but also wanted to let you know that our family has parted ways with the 03 CRV that I mention in the first paragraph. Shed no tears for that car (we certainly didn’t) and the best part of that relationship was the organization which has (mostly) followed us to our new car.

What’s all this chatter about car organization going on in my head?

Last week I was driving around in my 2003 Honda CRV and I was thinking about how it really was becoming this sad state of affairs on wheels: the driver’s door is smashed in due to a particularly bad garage back-up job by a guy who looks a lot like me, on the same side it also sports some smaller dents from when my mother-in-law backed into it a few years ago, the air conditioner was fixed poorly last summer and it has mounting dirt and grime from almost six years of raising two small boys.

I went around and collected estimates from body shops about how much it would be to fix the dents. (Spoiler: a lot, for a car that has already been a lemon.)

Still I fantasized about how great it would be to have it all fixed and once and how maybe then I would also spring to have a professional car detailer spruce it up to almost new perfection and it would be this whole new thing, and I could get magnetic car signs that read “Bos Organization” and really ride on its remaining years with pride and style.

Well, we’ll see what the budget will allow. But what I can right now is make sure that I have the things I need in there and not the things I don’t. That’s car organization and for me it looks something like this.

Glovebox:

Let’s keep the glovebox simple.

You need:

  1. Proof of insurance.
  2. Registation.

Those are the two things that the cops are going to ask you for. And yes, let’s put it in a plastic folder like this coupon situation. I am also going to put in that folder:

  1. Current coupons from car related places like Jiffy Lube.
  2. Frequent shopper cards from the carwash or the kid’s indoor playground.

And then there’s the owner’s manual which if it it’s not just one piece or already in a fancy cloth folder should be enclosed in something to keep it nice.

I’d also recommend putting a single $20 bill on page 20 in there on the chance that you need a little cash one day. (“Didn’t know there was a toll on this road”, “This local organic drive-through place only takes cash, etc!)

That’s it for my glove box though. I’m more in favor of keeping car maintenance receipts in the house in a dedicated folder for each car or if you have a scanner in a notebook in Evernote. The potential for clutter build-up is too big especially with Jiffy Lube’s multiple dot matrix printer (Really, Jiffy Lube, Really?) Kid’s car-seat manuals in the house too or on Evernote on your phone. I would write the name of your Roadside Service (you should have one) in the inside of your owner’s manual and have that information on your phone as well along with policy numbers. Emergency numbers and medical information could be written neatly in there too. In this age where hardly anyone remembers phone numbers it’s a good idea to have written records of numbers in case your phone dies, but someone else in the car has a working phone.

The other things I’d recommend:

  • $5 in change in a change purse or old Advil bottle for old school parking meters.
  • Phone mount for navigation.
  • Pens (Just 2, please.)
  • Small spiral notebook.
  • Dry cleaning sponge.
  • Extra pair of sunglasses with case.
  • Baby-wipes. (Baby or no, wipes are useful in the car.)
  • Plastic bags (Trash can liner, wet clothes, pet waste, so many uses.)
  • Small trash can.
  • Maglite flashlight
  • Forget jumper cables, pay an extra thirty bucks and get a Jump Starter. No need to rely on anybody else when you leave the lights on for the 30th time.
  • Reusable bags for grocery shopping. Bags that stay in the car will be used, bags that stay in the house will be forgotten.

Yes, you could add a first aid kit. Yes, you could put a few bottles of water and some blankets. And then let’s call it a day there…keep it simple, friends.

Anything I missed in my missionary zeal for simplicity? What do you make sure to have in your car at all time? Please let me know in the comments below.

P.S. If you’re looking for more ideas check out the pins I’ve collected on my Pinterest board, Bos Organized Car. One of the most popular pins I’ve collected on there gives the sound advice that, “If you are trying to figure out what items you should store in your car, keep a list in the car for a month and write down everything that you wished you had that you didn’t.”

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The Three Keys to Taming the Beast: Your Linen Closet

Taming the beast- the linen closet

One area in your home that almost always gives you trouble is the linen closet. Often your house is busy, your laundry is in constant transition, beach towels are picked up at water parks, bulky comforters are bunched up and flung to the back corner, the kids are pulling towels out for themselves after each bath time and before long it looks something like this:

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That my own friends is (and please make sure you’re sitting down for this shocking announcement): my family’s own linen closet just last week! It wasn’t two weeks into my career as a professional organizer that my wife introduced me to the old saying “The cobbler’s son has no shoes.”

Ahem.

That being said we just moved to a new place in March and I knew that our linen closet could look like it had at our old house:

Linen Closet After

 

In fact, it could look and more importantly WORK even better and there were three clear steps to get there. These will work for you too, follow along:

1) Categorize, relocate and purge: Just as I advised you on organizing your garage, you’ll want to start by taking everything out of the space and putting it on a large, clean, and open surface. (A made bed will work great.) Then you’re doing “the like with like” game again — you can see in the first picture above that hand towels are stacked with table clothes, bath mats with towels — face it, it’s basically “dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.” Once I pulled everything out though, I started to see what belongs together and what doesn’t belong in there at all — you can see fabric samples of a cowboy pattern that my wife used to make the boy’s curtains in the same picture — cute stuff, but used on a daily or weekly basis? No way, get it out of here, transfer it to the closet with the sewing machine. Old towels with holes can be repurposed for cleaning rags or donated.

2) Learn some folding techniques and share the love: Oh man this is so key, so many times I look at your closet and it’s the main thing throwing it off — either you have a different folding technique than the other people in your home or nobody has any technique at all and it’s just let’s cringle this up and hope for the best. However, this is one of those times when we call all hold hands and say, “God Bless the internet.” Spending just a few minutes on Youtube you can learn some kick-ass folding techniques.

Caution: the idea is not PERFECTION. The idea is not to be ready for Martha to walk into your home and be so thrilled with your linen closet that she backs a dump truck full her money in your backyard (although let’s face it that would be A-MAZING), no the idea is that we have consistency and make the most of the space so these linens can serve their purpose in your life. So your nostalgic Star Wars sheets are not lost and balled up at the back of the closet.

Here are some of my favorites, feel free to use them or find ones that you like. Then teach them to other folks in your household, so everyone can bring this sweetlove to the LC.

For folding towels:

Also from Alejandra, towels and hand towels:

Folding a fitted sheet from Justin Klosky (this is the EASIEST way to fold one of these bastards that I’ve ever seen. So much easier than the more traditional techniques.)

Folding pillowcases:

Folding a flat sheet (Note: this video has a great technique, but it’s edited oddly and I haven’t been able to find a director’s cut. If you see something better, please comment below! It seems to partly own Urban Dictionary’s definition of Expert Village.)

3) Label those shelves: Last time we talked, I listed all the advantages of using labels to mark categories in small spaces. The linen closet is an ideal example:

Linen closet with labels

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One of the great things about starting a project like this is that it’s going to be an afternoon, a few hours, and after you’re going to have this organized little kingdom in your house. It’s going to inspire other organizing projects and you’ll have the stuff you need, in the places where you can find it, and things are going to be EASIER. But you gotta start, start today with relearning how to fold the towels and go from there: one step at a time.

What’s your best tip about the organizing Bermuda Triangle: the linen closet? What’s your greatest current frustration with it? Let me know in the comments below, thanks!

PS: For more help on closet organization, check out the links on my Pinterest board!

 

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Don’t Fear the Label Maker

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There are times when you and I are working together when I suddenly stop and hear my Brother P-Touch labeler singing, “It’s time!” from the front pocket of my organizing tool bag.

Sometimes when I pull the P-touch out of my bag and fire up its 20th century technology you look glad, but more often than not – I look over there and you’re sweating it out a bit, because…? Because you, my dear friend: fear the label maker.

Why?

Maybe it seems too rigid, maybe you feel like it makes change impossible, maybe you don’t want the world to judge you as type-A for suggesting where the ketchup might live. Maybe you hear refrains of a whiny teenage character saying, “Don’t LABEL me, man!”

Here I give you some reasons to reconsider. Look what some simple labeling can do for your space and YOUR LIFE (cue the epic music!):

1) Bring you consistency: Consistency is pretty much my holy grail of productivity and happiness. Yes, patterns need to be broken, rhythms altered, but if you know each time you open the refrigerator door that the second to the bottom in-door shelf is where the ketchup lives, that small detail will bring you reliable and frequent joy over time.

2) Help you honor a system: One of organization’s major components is figuring out a system that works for you, so that you’re not constantly reinventing ones and looking for missing things. Labels are one of the easiest and most effective tools to keep your system in place long after you’ve lost interest in yesterday’s discovery that the refrigerator door is basically divided into: ketchup and mustard, hot sauces and salsa, sauces, and pickles. Labels are the guard rails of your organizational system, they’ll help you stay on the road even for the times when you’re sleepy on the journey.

3) Everything needs a home, labels claim the room
You move into a house and you say this is my room, here’s the kids room, and this will be the guest room. You define the space. You move the appropriate furniture in there. Labels help you do the same thing in smaller spaces. No confusion. Help you establish great habits. Everyone is happy even the ones who teased you the first time they spied the shelf marked, “pickles.” In fact, they’re your biggest fans.

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How do you feel about labels? What’s a space in your house that would benefit from a little label love? Tell me below in the comments.

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Organizing for Dudes: How to Pack Smartly for a Conference

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A note for the ladies before we begin: the model that inspired my packing strategy is a female flight attendant so there’s something here for everyone. Excelsior!

Last week I was at the National Association of Professional Organizer‘s national conference in my old college stomping grounds: Phoenix, Arizona. I thought if I don’t pack smartly and minimally for this conference I may just be stripped of my organizer credentials. Here’s how I did it:

  1. I studied this slide show from The New York Times that I had saved in my Pinterest months ago in anticipation of this very moment.
  2. I created a checklist of the bare minimum of the clothes I thought I could work with based on her list and that I was going to a 4 day business casual conference in a desert environment. Here’s the list:

Wearing on the plane (in anticipation of walking around my old campus in 108 degree heat)

[ ]1 colored t-shirt
[ ]1 boxer briefs
[ ]1 flat shorts
[ ]1 brown leather belt
[ ]1 pair of no-show socks
[ ]1 pair of running shoes

In my carry-on suitcase:

[ ]Dopp kit
[ ]2 button-up shirts
[ ]1 polo shirt
[ ]3 colored t-shirts
[ ]1 swim-shirt
[ ]2 pairs of chinos
[ ]1 pair of track pants (for sleeping in heavily air conditioned hotel room)
[ ]1 pair of running shorts
[ ]3 pairs of boxers
[ ]2 pairs of no-show socks
[ ]3 pairs of dress socks
[ ]1 pair of leather flip-flops
[ ]1 pair of desert boots

(Bonus: Save a checklist like this into Evernote so it can be used and updated for future trips.)

I laid out all my packing items on my bed, set up the NY times slide show on my iPad, and followed the rolling and packing method as closely as possible. Here’s what it looked like:

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Did I have to bust out the iron in the hotel room? You bet I did. Was it worth it? You bet it was. I had everything I needed over a five day trip and the suitcase closed easily and without zipping open the extension flaps on top.

Dudes and the people that love them — what’s your favorite traveling tip? Pick one (just one) and add it the comments below! Bon-voyage! Ahola!

Organizing For Dudes is a series of articles written by Los Angeles based professional organizer/Apple tutor Deron Bos to help dudes (and those who love them) by learning core organizing principles.

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Your Grandmother is not that Pan, Your Husband’s Love is not that Track Jacket: How to Let Go of Sentimental Clutter

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In my other life I’m a playwright, so I thought I would put some of those skills to use and create a common scene that happens between me, the organizer and you, the client.

A bedroom in a house in Western Los Angeles. Two piles of clothes on the bed labelled with stickies: “Keep” and “Donate.”

Bos, an organizer with salt and pepper hair holds up a red track jacket with the word: “Austria” across it.

Bos: Okay, what about this guy? What’s the story here?
You: Oh, oh!
Bos: Yes?
You: I am never going to wear that. Ever. It does not fit.
Bos: Okay, donate, then?
You: No, I can’t get rid of it! Ever.
Bos: What’s the story?
You: My husband went to Austria on this research trip for his PhD. It was right after we were married and at the time the longest time we had spent apart. And he brought me back this – and it was sweet…I love sweatshirts, and he thought of me but: it does not fit.

And so I suggest taking a picture of it and you try it, but you still want the thing, the jacket to hang in the back of your closet because – why? Somehow the jacket has become a symbol of that early love, that honeymoon fueled affection between you and your husband. You’ve created it into a forgotten totem rather than just something that could keep you warm on a chilly day, (that is if it fit!)

And in the end you may be right, if this is the only symbol in your closet then it might be okay to keep it there. We could argue that it’s not really honoring that young love sitting in the back of the closet there – ignored and reduced to a life as an artifact. We could argue that if you looked around there are probably other possessions in your life that also remind you of that time in a more positive way, things that you see every day and/or put to practical use. I often bring up to you that when people we love give us gifts or pass items down to us they hopefully do it with the intention that those items give you joy. If it was given with this intention then they certainly would understand if you donate it with the idea that it will give joy or use to someone else. Sometimes maybe you feel that gifts are not given with that pure of intention, but again that might be more reason to let it go. Not out of spite, but just because who wants to hold onto something that only provides you with a weird sense of guilty obligation?

When filtering clothes from your closet or purging any other area from your home – I’ll ask you any number of questions, to find its story and its current place in your life but it’s possible to cut to the chase by asking: is it useful and/or does it give you joy?

  • If it’s useful then is it in a place that is easy to access and where you won’t forgot about it?
  • If it brings you joy, is it being honored correctly? Again, is it in a place where it give you a daily or regular dose of inspiration? It is being cared for and respected?

It’s also helpful to think about what might be on the other side of letting go of some of this sentimental clutter too. Letting go of that track jacket might bring room for another piece of clothing that your husband loves and compliments you every time you wear it. Or the picture of you wearing it that last time with the sleeves that are so far from your wrist will provide more laughs and joy between the two of you then uncovering it two years from now covered in dust and then, finally and unceremoniously ushering into a trash bag.

You can have room for the sentimental in your life, no argument there. But the thing to watch out for is if those sentimental items are not bringing you joy in your present life or keeping you ensconced in the past or have multiplied to be more than just a single track jacket, but a whole closetful of memories that are not representing the kick-ass-in-the-moment-life that you want for yourself.

You are much more than your stuff.

Photo by Drew/CC

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How to Sell Quickly & Safely on Craig’s List: A Craig’s List Selling Template

Wait! Is Craig’s List a viable organizing tool?

Alright, you’ve made a huge step: you have a huge pile of stuff that you’ve decided you no longer need and you’re going to release it back into the world so that someone else might benefit from it. (Yes, even that rubber chicken you received from the 08′ Secret Santa party can live on!) For most of this stuff, I’m going to encourage you to donate it to a charity the same day you decide to release it. You want to see the clarity this brings to your space and feel progress in your decluttering process. And hey, if we’re working together in LA, I’ll personally drive it to Goodwill for you as part of my organizing packages.

But…occasionally there might be an item that you know you don’t want, but still has some market moxie. It’s gotta to be something that will sell for at least $50 and up. Otherwise, you’re trading time for an uneven amount of money, which is also why I’m not a big fan of garage sales as an organizing tool. It can be too much time and effort for small results and in the end you’re creating a mountainous speed bump for your decluttering process.

But to prepare you for when you find that thing that’s going to make at least $50 or more, let’s walk through that process and I’ll present The Ultimate Bos Organization Craig’s List Template that you can copy into your listing for 50% more awesome and safe CL sales.

Create a Craig’s List Account

Craig’s List has always prided itself in its oh so 1996 design, but they have made a lot of small and subtle advances that have made the user experience much improved. Not least of these features is offering a free account that lets you easily manage and edit your listings in a central place and connect items together if you’re selling more than one thing at a time. The best feature: you can renew a item after it’s been posted for 48 hours. This allows you to easily put it up at the top of the sales again without redrafting the whole ad. Nice!

Create a Craig's List Account

Do a little research for your item’s category

There’s many categories on CL and sometimes it can be obvious where your item will go, but a lot of times it’s worth doing a quick search. My boys just recently moved from a Wii to the Xbox 360 so we’re selling their Wii Skylanders. Search “skylanders wii” and it turns up that there’s a catergory “video gaming – by owner.” Who knew? My Gen X mind would have dumped it straight into toys. Research — we love ya!

Do a little research for your item's category

Write a specific posting title with a fair price and include photo(s)

Here and (some other points in my template) I like to follow the clear example of my fellow organizer Kristen Ziegler who writes, “In the title, be sure to include a full description of what you are selling and any important keywords. For example, rather than posting “Printer” post “Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Ink Jet Printer” Once in a while it can warrant an adjective in there, like “AWESOME lot” but be consertative about this as it can look spammy and shady quick. My tip: use all caps on just a single word.

For the price, do a little research on CL and Amazon and take off somewhere between 30-50% off the original price keeping in mind the age and condition of the item.

Photos are essential. You usually don’t need more than one and it doesn’t have to be super fancy, but take a few in good lighting so you can pick the best. Photos will often do a lot of the description work for you. I recommend taking your own photos rather than using a stock image, because it sends a clear message that indeed you have this item and this is how it looks currently.

Write a specific posting title with a fair price and include photo(s)

Copy and Paste the Bos Organization Craig’s List Template into your description.

So copy this and where there’s the “xx” add your text:

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Hello! I am selling xxname of item (should be the same as in posting title)xx for $xxamountxx.

xxSimple clear descriptionxx

CASH & PICK-UP ONLY. Offers for wiring money or other scammy propositions will be deleted.

If you’re serious leave a contact number due to spam. Also, if you are reading this posting, I still have it so please don’t email to ask if I still have it.

Thanks!

xxYour Name to Remind Them There’s Another Human Being on the Endxx

keywords: xxwords that will help you potential buyer find the item and are not already present elsewhere in the adxx

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If you’re using Text Expander then I made a nice little snippet form just for this use, download it here. If you’re not using TE, hold tight, I have a post coming up all about how you should be using it. It’s awesome.

Copy and Paste the Bos Organization Craig's List Tempate into your description.

Posting on Craig’s List and soon…out of your space making more room in your life and cash in your pocket!

The dream of Craig’s List is to be a simple and free service for the people, monitored by the people. At its best it does just that and while it’s a decluttering tool that I recommend you use selectively, when you put these strategies to use you have a great chance of making money on those items that have more value to those outside your home. Enjoy and let me know how this template works for you!

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