Preparing your home to sell requires more than mopping the floor and dusting your bookshelves. Personal clutter can make your home feel cramped and be a major turn off to potential buyers. A decluttered home will appear to be more spacious and it is also proven to relieve stress and anxiety. So what’s not to love?
The market is perfect for sellers right now, so I definitely encourage you to take advantage of it while you can. If you take the time to declutter your home, it might be exactly what it takes to turn that potential buyer into the new owner of your home!
Remove unnecessary furniture
Less furniture will make your home appear more roomy and also leave an open layout. This is both visually appealing and will also allow easy movement throughout the home as potential buyers tour. Go ahead and get rid of your old couch that you stuck in the spare bedroom or those chairs you picked up on the side of the road that would be perfect for a DIY project. Keep only what is necessary for the space and the pieces that are used on a regular basis. If you can bring yourself to sell/donate a piece, consider putting it in storage until after your home sells.
Clean off the bookshelves
One of the most cluttered looking spaces in your home are probably your bookshelfs. Take some time to clear out the books and replace the space with a couple decorative items. If you need to use your bookshelves for storage space, put visually unappealing items liked mismatched books in baskets or other storage solutions that will hide them in an attractive way.
Clear off countertops
Your countertops should only contain essentials like toasters, microwaves, and a coffee maker. Take all photos off of the fridge and clear papers off of your island. If you do want to add some decor, put a bouquet of flowers on the counter or a simple bowl of fresh fruit.
Cabinet organization and storage products are one of the best investments you can make! They will allow you to clear off your countertops and still allow the inside of your cabinets to look clean and orderly. I definitely recommend taking a trip to the Container Store when decluttering your kitchen.
Organize your closet
An unorganized and overflowing will feel cramped and unappealing to a potential buyer. Go ahead and pack up out of season clothing items to store and be sure to remove all extra hangers. Little things like organizing by color and ensuring all of your clothes are folded/hung neatly will go a long way.
Did you know that most people only wear 20% of the clothes in their closet on a consistent basis? Figure out what the 80% and donate it to make more room on your closet racks!
Hide and declutter bathroom products
No one wants to see your assortment of shower products, toothbrushes, and razor. Either trash or hide these items out of sight. It’s also a great idea to be sure all the items under your cabinet are in bins and that you put out fresh hand soap.
If you have multiple shampoo bottles going, either trash the lowest one or combine the two if possible. Nothing looks sloppier than a bunch of plastic containers lining your tub or counter.
Create a sorting system
While sorting through clutter around your house, it is important to put items into one of four categories:
- Keep it
- Get rid of it
- Store it
- Trash it
If you are choosing to get rid of your clutter, there are plenty of options to donate items. One of my favorite ways to donate items is The Arc of Texas. They will pick up your donations off of your front porch so you don’t even have to worry about taking it to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Just schedule a pick-up time on their website.
Don’t forget to deep clean
After you are finished decluttering, it is important to not forget about actually cleaning your house! Since first impressions are everything, have the interior and exterior of your home professionally cleaned. Your idea of a clean and your potential buyers idea could be two completely different things. It is worth spending a little bit of money to ensure your home is show ready.
I hope that all of these tips are helpful to you as you prepare your home to sell. Decluttering can be overwhelming and intimidating when you begin, just take it one step at a time and it will be well worth the hard work!