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Decluttering Your Space – To Sell Your House

Decluttering! The dreaded word you’re bound to hear from your realtor before selling your home. Why declutter?  If potential buyers can’t imagine their things and their people in your home, they won’t even consider buying it.

If you’ve never done it before, decluttering your personal space and belongings can be a daunting task. Here are some easy tips to help you with how to start decluttering, and what and where to declutter.

Divide and Conquer- With Decluttering

 Think of decluttering like assembling your grocery list. Make a list. Start by naming  all the rooms in your house and write down what needs to be done in each space. Make sure to include the front and back yard, balcony/deck, the garage and sheds. Then decide which room to tackle first, second and third until you’ve covered your entire house and yard.

The next step is to visit your local hardware store and pick up some storage bins.  Pack away anything you can remove from the property and label it. When packing up essential items you need to access, consider the season first.  Then store your shoes, boots, clothes, bedding, dishes in closets or on shelving. If you think you can reuse the bins in your new place, or want to display them, colourful fabric storage containers or even woven baskets  are great for organizing. They also  add interest, colour and texture to a room.

Decluttering Your Knick Knacks

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Declutter your space to sell your home

Your personal items like your family photos, wedding pictures, kids’ drawings and toys are next to go. They take up a lot of space and detract the buyers from envisioning themselves in your property.

Your Home’s 1st Impression

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The front of your house is the “handshake”

Realtors refer to the front entrance as the “handshake” of the showing. Has your front lawn had a good clean up and de-weeding? If not, now’s the time to tidy up. If that’s one task you’d like to hand off, there are many landscaping companies who do cleanups for prices that won’t break the bank. Clean, paint and organize your front entrance to give your visitors a welcome first impression of a tidy, well-loved home.

Women love closets and kitchens; men love garages and sheds. Organize the closets with bins and shelving. Clear off your kitchen countertops  and clean out your fridge and pantry. For the garage,  industrial shelving can go a long way to making it look like a handyman’s 2nd home.

Everyone uses the bathrooms so make sure yours are beautified. Get rid of the straggly toothbrushes and scattered makeup and straighten up your medicine cabinets and linen closets.

Nothing Says Decluttering Like  A Garage Sale

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sell or donate anything items you dont’ need

Whatever you absolutely don’t need or doesn’t have deep sentimental value can be sold at a garage sale or donated. Be ruthless. When you’re in your new space, you won’ t miss the clutter, but you will appreciate the additional space.

You can only make a good first impression once. Decluttering your home will go a long way towards creating a clean, tidy home that makes an amazing first impression.

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