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7 Tips to Declutter

Updated: Jan 4

Decluttering is crucial when your home is for sale to make a positive impression on potential buyers. Here are seven tips to help you declutter effectively:

Be sure to print out the 30 Days to Declutter document below.

Start early: Begin the decluttering process as soon as possible. Selling a home often takes longer than expected, so give yourself ample time to sort through your belongings and make decisions about what to keep, donate, sell, or discard.

Take it room by room: Divide your home into smaller sections and focus on decluttering one room at a time. This approach helps you stay organized and prevents overwhelm. Start with the areas that potential buyers will see first, such as the entryway, living room, and kitchen.

Declutter surfaces: Clear off countertops, tables, and shelves to create a sense of spaciousness. Remove unnecessary items, such as excessive decor, personal mementos, and knick-knacks. Leave only a few well-curated items to showcase the room's features.

Minimize furniture: If your rooms are crowded with furniture, consider removing some pieces to create a more open and airy feel. Leave enough furniture to define the purpose of each room but aim for a spacious and uncluttered look.

Clear out closets and storage spaces: Buyers are often interested in the amount of storage available. Organize your closets, cabinets, and other storage areas, removing excess items and creating a sense of space. Neatly arrange items and consider using storage solutions like baskets or bins to keep things tidy.

Reduce personal items: Buyers want to envision themselves living in the space, so it's essential to depersonalize your home. Pack away personal photographs, heirlooms, and highly specific items that may distract potential buyers. The goal is to create a neutral canvas allowing buyers to imagine their belongings in the space.

Donate, sell, or discard: As you declutter, separate items into categories: keep, donate, sell, or discard. Consider donating gently used items to charity, holding a garage sale or online sale for items with resale value, and disposing of broken or non-functional items. This process helps you reduce clutter and streamline your belongings.

Remember, decluttering makes your home more appealing to buyers and helps you prepare for your move. Consider it an opportunity to start fresh and create a clean, organized living space.

All the best,

Angela & Rick Holt

Real Estate Solutions for Life

30 Days of Declutter
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