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How to: Declutter your home for sale
Ever since Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ achieved best seller status, it sparked a wider conversation about the joys of decluttering. Marie argues that clutter can make it difficult to relax within a space (given our brain is constantly in overdrive, flitting between items and trying to decide what to focus on) which makes decluttering an essential part of preparing your home for sale. Ultimately, you want to put your best foot forward when listing your home and decluttering is key to ensuring it presents at its absolute best.
Whether it’s a chaotic desk, messy closet or disorganised living room, cluttered spaces can contribute to a feeling of overwhelm, but there are a couple of simple ways to get on top of the chaos before you put your home on the market.
Break it down
Whether you tackle categories and not rooms as Marie Kondo suggests (one day you could do a book blitz and on another you could go through your mementos), or the more traditional approach of one room at a time, it helps if you break down the decluttering task into small bite-sized pieces. Smaller problems always seem easier to tackle.
The box method
This is a good one for kick starting the decluttering process. All you need to do is buy three boxes and use one for items you intend to throw in the bin, one for items you intend to give away, and one for things you would like to relocate within the home.
Categorise within your cupboards
While it’s tempting to hurl things into a cupboard and shut the door (out of sight, out of mind, right?), many potential buyers will look inside them. Sorting things into labelled baskets within cupboards really serves to strengthen household organisation. For example, when decluttering your laundry, you could get two baskets and divide all of your cleaning products into high and low-use items, and label the baskets accordingly. This approach can be applied in every room in the home.
Having organised internal cupboards gives the sense that you have taken good care of your home which is a great impression to leave on a potential buyer.
Conduct daily ‘spring’ cleans during the home open period
When it comes to the listing period, all it takes is just five to ten minutes at the end of every day to keep on top of general household clutter and make home opens a breeze. It’s when you let the general mess fall by the wayside that it tends to build and tackling it feels like a much greater, more colossal task. Keep on top of it as you go.