Decluttering your home has many benefits, whether you’re selling your home or not. It can help reduce stress, eliminate things that no longer serve a purpose, and give you more space. However, the benefits of decluttering are even greater when planning to sell your home.
Getting rid of items means you’ll have less stuff to move. It also makes your home appear bigger and more open, something buyers are drawn to. Removing personal objects also helps to create a blank canvas for buyers, making it easier for them to imagine their new lives in the house rather than being distracted by someone else’s stuff.
But if decluttering is so great, why aren’t more people doing it? And why aren’t they doing it more often? Decluttering can quickly get overwhelming if you go into it without a proper plan in place. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips to help you with this task, so you can go into this job prepared and have it gone smoothly.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
How big or small a decluttering job is depending on how long you’ve lived in your home and how much stuff you have. If you start decluttering and find it overwhelming, or if you can’t convince yourself to get started at all, ask for help.
Whether you have a friend or family member who can help or get assistance from an organizing and decluttering expert, getting help can help you manage this job much easier. Ask your Bowmanville real estate agents if they have recommendations for decluttering experts or companies that can help guide you through this process.
Go Room By Room
Decluttering should happen in every room of the house, with no exceptions. Also important is to take it room by room. Many people get excited and try to tackle the whole house at once before quickly getting overwhelmed. Stick to one room at a time to make it easier to tackle and have built-in breaks when completing a room.
Have a Plan
If you begin going room by room and finding things to get rid of or pack away, what do you do with everything? Before you start, designate boxes or areas for stuff you’re packing away during the selling process, stuff you’re donating, and stuff to throw away.
No Space Left Untouched
Many people forget to declutter storage spaces, closets, cupboards and drawers. Worse, they take stuff they’ve decluttered from other areas and cram them into these spaces. When people come to look at your house, assume no space is sacred. People generally look in closets and storage spaces to ensure there’s enough space for their needs, so decluttering these areas and making sure they don’t look full or cramped is a wise idea.
Declutter as it Happens
Preparing your home for listing, having photographers come in, having showings and open houses; these things take time. Meanwhile, you’re likely still living in your home, and daily clutter can start to creep in, so be prepared for it.
When mail arrives, deal with and file it promptly to avoid paper clutter from building up. Have a basket or bin to keep chargers and cords in rather than having them clutter counters or floors. If you have kids, have another bin to toss toys in before buyers arrive.
Follow these tips to break down the task of decluttering a whole house into smaller, more manageable steps.