Don't fool yourself, hosting your own estate sale will take a lot of time, so be prepared, and call on some of your friends to help you manage the sale.
Start by taking an inventory of your home, go room by room and make a list of each item as well as their manufacturer if you can find it on the piece.
The next step is to research, troll the internet looking for the value of your pieces. If you have a lot of antiques it may be worth hiring an appraiser to come and help with the value of large or valuable items.
Set up your home so that the items are diplayed attractively and clearly mark prices on each and every piece to avoid needing to answer tons of questions on the days of the sale. You should also put your inventory, appraisals and prices into a spreadsheet format for easy reference.
If there are any rooms or items that will not be included in the sale rope them off or mark as sold or not for sale.
Publicize, publicize, publicize. You want the word to spread so e-mail friends and ask them to let everyone know, put up signs and take out an ad in your local paper.
Take the time to organize and have plenty of help and you should have a very successful sale! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.