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7 Easy Decluttering Tips to Help Sell Your Home

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Given that a home is probably one of the most valuable assets that one can ever own, it is important to ensure that enough time and resources are invested in preparation for show day.

When showing off your home, items like photo frames and artwork should be kept to a minimum or packed away so that the buyer can imagine themselves living in the space.

One of the most important things sellers need to consider when preparing a home for sale is decluttering.

When it comes to organising your home in preparation for show day, remember that it’s all about the buyer and not you. As such, you need to rid your home of unnecessary stuff that may hinder them from seeing its most impressive features.

Lesley Moyo, Professional Organiser from Tidylifesa, shares some tips…

1. Pare down hallways and entryways

Most hallways are furnished with items that give a home a certain ‘feel’, such that the moment you walk in, you can tell what type of a home it is.

Oftentimes, you’ll find picture frames on the walls, paintings and other decorative items that automatically give a home warmth.

However, when showing off your home, items like these should be kept to a minimum or packed away so that the buyer can imagine themselves living in the space.

2. Declutter the kitchen

Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, so it would be prudent to dedicate a fair amount of time decluttering it.

When decluttering the kitchen, the most important thing is to clear the counters - leave out one or two items that are practical or decorative like a fruit bowl or flower vase.

The most important thing is to clear the counters - leave out one or two items that are practical or decorative like a fruit bowl or flower vase.

Make sure that your kitchen towels are clean as well, and then hang them up or pack them away in drawers.

Declutter your kitchen cupboards – weed out items you don’t use on a regular basis and store them away. This will help ‘slim down’ the contents in your cupboard so that they do not appear cluttered and small.

The same applies to old or broken kitchenware. Store these away and only leave out impressive and practical kitchenware that will make your cupboards stand out.

3. Tidy the bathroom

When it comes to decluttering the bathroom, get rid of used beauty and body product containers, spent toothpaste tubes and any prescription medication you may have on display.

Swap out old or worn towels for a fresh set of bath towels, which should be folded away, placed on hooks or neatly hung over towel rails. You might also want to get a matching set of bathroom mats and curtains to give the bathroom a uniform and clean look.

Keep your floors clear by removing unnecessary floor coverings like rugs. This will give potential buyers the opportunity to inspect the floor and determine what condition it’s in.

While tidying up the bathroom, remember to replace your toothbrush with a new brush and an old bar of soap with fresh, beautifully scented soap to give the bathroom a wonderful smell.

4Straighten up the living room

When attending to the living room, keep your floors clear by removing unnecessary floor coverings like rugs. This will give potential buyers the opportunity to inspect the floor and determine what condition it’s in.

Leave the space near windows clear to allow the light to come through without any hindrance. Get rid of dark and heavy curtains as they tend to make a room look darker and feel smaller.

5. Organise the closets and wardrobes

The closets should be cleared of clothing that is out of season.

Potential buyers relish closet space so, to create more space, remove any bulky clothing items like coats and jackets from your wardrobe and store these away out of sight.

Make sure that you neatly hang up your clothes using coat hangers or fold them up properly.

If you have a study, pick up and organise your magazines and arrange your books in an orderly manner, starting with the smallest book and ending with the biggest book.

Neatly packed clothing, whether you colour coordinate them or sort them according to style, gives the impression that the closet is big and has a lot of space.

6. Keep the study and playroom in order

If you have a study, pick up and organise your magazines and arrange your books in an orderly manner, starting with the smallest book and ending with the biggest book.

Thoroughly go through your documents and decide which ones to keep and which ones to toss. File away important documents and keep them in clearly labelled files.

7. Organise the garage

Finally, homeowners that are looking to sell should pay attention to the garage, which often gets used as a dumping ground.

There are basically two types of clutter: rubbish that should head straight to the trash can and things that are still useful but no longer get used.

Donate items you no longer need or have a yard sale and make some extra cash.

Clearing out and organising your garage will open up the space so that potential sellers can see what’s on offer.

Author: Lesley Moyo, Professional Organiser from Tidylifesa

Submitted 08 Jul 16 / Views 540