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6 Ways To Declutter Your Home Before Putting It On The Market

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 

Decluttering your home is the #1 way to improve its chances on the real estate market. Here are 6 ways to get it done. Photo: GoLocal Real Estate.

Selling your home? #1 piece of advice: Declutter and organize.

When you are selling your home, the last thing a buyer wants to see is a home that is disorganized and cluttered. Nobody wants to see pictures of the inside of your home that include piles of clutter and random items that do not need to be in the pictures. Clutter is a distraction and your buyers will not be able to focus on the selling points of the home when they are faced with clutter and/or disorganization.

Declutter and get yourself organized for your move also in the process. How can you prepare your home for your open house? Here are 6 tips:

1. Organize every closet in your home.

Everybody wants great closet space and if your closets are cluttered and disorganized, buyers won’t get a vision of how the space can be utilized. Now is a great time to take everything out of your closets and go through them. This will also help you with your packing process. Pack away what you can. For more tips on organizing your closet, go here.

2. Organize your kitchen.

We all want a big kitchen to store appliances, prepare meals, and entertain. If your kitchen, food pantry and cabinets are cluttered, the buyer won’t feel comfortable in your kitchen. Check here for 10 steps to decluttered cabinets.

3. Get rid of anything that is a dust collector.

Pack away your collectibles and chatzkies. Get rid of the piles of paper, and anything else that is cluttering up your home. Declutter your children’s rooms. Buyers want to imagine themselves living there and it will be hard to vision if they don’t have a clear picture of the space. 

4. Hit the bedroom.

Bedrooms are for sleeping and relaxing. Make this room the most peaceful, serene room in your home. Declutter the nightstand, tops of furniture, and get all clutter off the floor.

5. Store smart

When packing away items, store in Rubbermaid or Sterilite containers. Keep them contained, labeled and organized in one area in the basement. Do not store items in bins all over the home. Less is more. Be a minimalist. Streamline your space. For plastic container tips, go here. 

6. Purge!

As you begin the decluttering process, this is also a great time to purge items in your home before you move. Your move will be much easier if you are prepared. Are you getting ready to downsize? Think about what you actually need in your new home. Are there items you haven’t used in years and actually forgot you had them? Do you really need them? Be sure to purge before you pack. Do not pack anything you won’t be using in your new home. The transition of moving will go much smoother if just take with you the items you need. Once you get to your new home you can unpack and set up your organized systems, making the transition a breeze.

Selling or buying a home is the best time to get organized, because you have to physically go through everything you own and make a fresh start! Organize! Energize! 

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. Through her organizing ability and her passion for motivating others to achieve their goals, Kristin created Organizing in RI. Kristin has appeared on air on www.talkstreamradio.com and Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio. Her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. She is also available for organizing workshops.

 

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