One of the biggest turn-offs for homebuyers is walking into a cluttered space. It’s difficult for many people to imagine themselves living in a house that’s already filled with other people’s belongings. They immediately conclude that if your family can’t find room to put things away, your house must lack sufficient storage, while well-organized and partially empty closets will give the opposite impression. Fortunately, it’s not hard to declutter your home and boost its appeal to buyers. Here are some simple de-cluttering tips:
Tackle one room at a time
Imagine you’re walking into your home for the first time – what’s the first thing you see? Start with the first room buyers will see and work your way through the house. By focusing on one room at a time, you can give each room your full attention and make the entire house look neat and inviting.
Toss or keep
There’s no better time to toss out items you just don’t use than right before putting your home on the market. It will make your home more attractive to buyers, make packing a lot easier, and make moving easier and less expensive. Why move all that useless junk to a beautiful new home? Use the same approach you’d use if you were clearing out your closet – create a ‘toss’ pile and a ‘keep’ pile, then add items accordingly. Consider donating the ‘toss’ pile to charity or having a yard sale to clear the clutter and add a few dollars to your pocket.
The 12-12-12 Challenge
Don’t have a large chunk of time to de-clutter all at once? Break a big job into smaller bite-size pieces, and don’t do it all yourself. Get the whole family involved and make a game of it. Ask each family member to find 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and then return 12 items to their proper home. This way you remove 24 items at a time, and tidy up 12 items. This can be a fun way to de-clutter your home, even when you’re not planning to move!
The Four Box Method
Many homeowners use this method to achieve minimalism. Start with one room and 4 boxes. Tag the boxes – trash, keep, give, store. Do not leave any items out, examine everything. Some house can take a day some other may take a week. But at the end of the process, your space will be completely devoid of clutter, guaranteed.
Consider renting storage
If you have too much furniture for your home, or if you have items that you want to keep but that need to be out of the way while you’re trying to sell, consider renting a short term storage unit. You can store everything you don’t need in there and make your house feel much less cluttered. As an added bonus, if you box up these items, they’ll be ready for relocation to your new home when you’re ready to move in.
If you get discouraged, remember why you’re doing this!
It may feel like an inconvenience now, but if it helps you sell your home more quickly, and for more money, won’t it be worth it? Besides, you may find that you like the way your home feels sans clutter. You may even decide to keep your new place clutter free, at least for a little while.
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