Putting your home on the market can be a stressful time, and you likely have a lot of things to worry about that seem more immediately important than a bit of clutter. However, the appearance of your home is essential to getting a good price and selling quickly. This is why many realtors recommend staging the home in order to make it more universally appealing and to attract buyers. Decluttering is an important step in this process as it allows potential buyers to better visualize themselves in the space.
Ideally when selling your home, you should remove as many personal items as possible without leaving a barren, empty rooms behind. The space should still look functional and lived in but, much like a hotel room, should be somewhat sterilized of personality. Here are some great tips for organizing and decluttering your home before trying to sell:
- Garbage bins
- Storage items
Start by going around to each room reducing the number of knick-knacks and photographs on each surface. Not only will it make the space look neater and cleaner, it will also make it a lot easier to do quick touch-ups and dusting in between showings.
Keeping a small garbage bin in each room of the house is a great way to minimize the buildup of things like used tissues, empty toilet paper rolls, unneeded receipts, empty drink bottles, and more. Empty these regularly and only use the kitchen garbage for food related items to prevent bugs and messes.
Making good use of storage items like trays, jars, bins, cubbies, and hooks can make all the difference in keeping your home neat and tidy looking while remaining fully functional for you and your family. Use them to contain every small item you can think of for a neater, cleaner home that will appeal to your potential buyers. Some items that can benefit from containment include:
- Everyday jewelry
- Bedside table items such as your current book, box of tissues, or a glass of water
- Desk accessories such as pens, pencils, scissors, letter openers, etc.
- Kitchen items like ladles, wooden spoons, and kitchen shears
- Bathroom items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, curling irons, hairbrushes, and combs
- Hanging items like scarves, belts, hats, purses, shopping bags, kitchen towels, mugs, cooking tools, and BBQ accessories
Remember: clutter happens when one of two things is true:
- You don’t have the right storage solutions, or
- You have accumulated too many items for the size of your home.
Finding the right storage solutions will not only improve your home’s resale value, but might help you stay organized after your move!