One of the most important steps you can take when you’re selling your home is to de-clutter. Staging your home for a quick sale means cleaning, removing your personal items, and giving your space a neutral feeling. But if you’re like many people, the thought of tackling such a big job is intimidating. Here are our best tips for making the task as stress-free as possible.
Let’s face it – it took you years to accumulate all that stuff. It’s not going away overnight. And holding yourself to an unattainable goal isn’t going to make it any easier. Instead, focus on one area at a time. This could mean breaking it down room by room, starting with the easiest room first. If even that sounds like too much, break it down even further, like one closet, drawer or cabinet at a time. Give yourself a daily goal, and stop when you are done with that area.
Your family helped contribute to the clutter, so they can also help with the process of getting it under control. Delegate areas to each family member. Perhaps your spouse can tackle all the sports equipment in the garage. Let the kids each handle their own room (with supervision, of course). Make de-cluttering the living room a family event.
As you de-clutter each area, you’ll want to organize your belongings into four piles:
Each item you are removing should go into one of these piles, to make it easier to get them all out the door without losing your mind. The pile that you’re going to keep can be boxed up and stored, while the other items can be tossed out, given to friends or family, or taken to a donation center.
Yes, you’ve been saving that lone sock because you think its mate will eventually show up. In reality, it probably isn’t and there’s no reason to hold onto it. In fact, there are many items in your life that you don’t need to hold on to. Think about purging these items for good:
Some people find the process of de-cluttering so painful that it could be beneficial to attach a reward for the completion of each step. Perhaps when the kitchen is de-cluttered, you can take the family out for pizza. Or finally letting go of all those DVDs can result in a night out at the movies.
While de-cluttering can be stressful, it is a necessary part of getting your home ready to put on the market. By following the guidelines above, your house will be show-ready before you know it!
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