How to Declutter a Home When it’s Time to Sell

How to declutter a home when it’s time to sell- it’s a question that I get asked frequently when meeting with potential seller clients for the first time.

They want to know what in particular they should remove to help their home show at its best.

We all know that clean, open, and decluttered spaces are more appealing than spaces that appear smaller because of the items that they showcase.

So- what would I consider ‘clutter’?  Which items could be removed to help a home show at its best?

The following are some items that I generally discuss with potential clients as items that might best be removed and put into storage;

  • non essential items on counter tops-  and if you have many non essential items on your counter tops, consider putting them in a cupboard and pulling them out just for use.
  • extra things on bathroom vanities and shelves- put away all personal items.
  • knick knacks on shelves, coffee tables etc.
  • personal photographs in frames or on walls
  • excessive house plants
  • extra chairs, ottomans, end tables or oversized furniture
  • doilies or fussy placemats

The above list is very general, and I always find that each persons home is unique and as such, the ‘declutter conversation’ is a bit different for each home that I visit.

It is important to remember that each of our living spaces reflect our unique circumstances and as such are tailored to meet our needs.  It is OK to have a space that may appear cluttered to an outsider but is fulfilling our own unique needs.

I can speak from experience here that my own home is very cluttered with a huge assortment of dog training equipment- it suits my needs just fine and makes it easier to fit 5 minutes of training in here and there throughout the day.  However- if I was to sell- I am fully aware that all those things that save me time by being out throughout the house would have to be packed away.

Now- it is also important to know that cluttered houses also sell- decluttering is an excellent idea for Sellers that want and CAN go the extra mile in preparing their home for sale.

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