Why is decluttering your home important?
When a real estate agent, a professional stager, or even a friend gives the advice to declutter your home before putting it on the market, don’t take it as an insult. This is preparation to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Throughout the years, many of us have accumulated collectibles, family pictures, books, stacks of paper, and even furniture. Some of us must have things easily accessible for our everyday living such as toiletries, medicines, food, and even mail.
It’s easier than you may think to start decluttering your home. Look at it as a jump-start to packing up your home to move. It will all need packing up anyway, so why not start early and take time to organize and pack items that will be taken to your next home?
Jump-Start Your Packing Process While Making Your Home More Appealing To Buyers By Decluttering
- Counter space is important to most homebuyers. Free it up by removing small appliances, paperwork, knick-knacks, fake greenery, dishes, cleaning supplies. Make it as bare as possible.
- The pantry is definitely one place most buyers are sure to look. Throw away all outdated items and organize it.
- Remove magnets and notes from the fridge.
- Keep dressers and nightstands free of paperwork, clothes, and knick-knacks.
- Organize closets and open up as much space as possible.
- Make bedrooms appear more spacious by removing bulky or unwanted furniture.
- Keep shoes and clothes out of sight.
- Although toiletries are a necessity, hide toothbrushes, hairdryers, makeup, deodorant, and all other personal items in a cabinet or drawer.
- Put out some nice matching hand towels.
- Hide dirty clothes
- Pack up at least most personal photos that are on walls, dressers, and tables.
- If you are a fan of collectibles, box these up for a couple of reasons…they take up a lot of space, and packing them will keep them safe if they are of value to you.
- Thin out books on bookshelves.
Potential Home Buyers Will Get Distracted By Clutter
Declutter before placing your house on the market. It will improve your chances of a quicker sale. Potential homebuyers sometimes get distracted and pay more attention to what you have on your counters, versus how they can visualize the room with their belongings in it. If you will be occupying the home while it’s on the market, free up counter space by hiding kitchen appliances, coffee cups, and cleaning supplies. Take notes and magnets off the fridge. Put away fake greenery. Once you start putting away or packing up personal or unused items, you’ll see how your house will transform and be inviting to a buyer’s eye.
Ready to start planning? Here are more tips to selling your home.