There is no way to get around it — you have to de-clutter your
home to sell your home. Don’t worry if it seems like a daunting task! If
you’ve ever heard the question, “How do you eat an elephant?”, the answer is,
“One bite at a time.” Follow these simple tips and you’ll be de-cluttered and
ready to sell in no time!
First, A Few Suggestions:
how you’re going to de-clutter: Keep, Give Away, Garage Sale,
or Garbage. What goes into these groups is up to you!
something has a lot of sentimental value, keep it and, if need be, make a
decision on it later.
there’s something that you haven’t used in a while, give yourself permission to
get rid of it. There are endless charities and programs that could use your
donations. If not a charity, you can always give the item to someone in your
family or friend group, or a local church or shelter.
do it! If you put it off, that will only compound the stress. Make it a fun
activity! Get your friends or family involved. It’s the attitude towards the
task that counts, and if you chance how you think about it, this will change
how you feel about the task ahead.
Ready? Set? Go!
wait until the last moment to start. Pick one floor to start your
that you’ve picked a floor, pick a room! For example, if you choose the second
floor, tackle your master bedroom first.
in one spot for your de-cluttering and work your way around the area. Pretend
it’s a clock and work your way clockwise from there. To save time, pack and
de-clutter at the same time.
you have one large space in the room completed, treat yourself to a break. Once
that’s done, go back to your task. Continuing with our master bedroom example,
after your break, maybe you should take on the closet, or the dresser. This is
how you start, ‘eating the elephant’; One piece at a time!
you’ve finished with your first room, make your trips with your items to
donate, to throw away, to give away, or whatever you choose to do with your
Take your time to appreciate your
accomplishment! Before you go back to business, give yourself some time to be
in the moment. Moving can be an emotionally taxing process and taking
some time to de-stress can help you feel better about de-cluttering
When you’re finished with your de-cluttering and your home is ready to be staged to sell, you can stand back and look at what you’ve accomplished! Your home
is putting its best foot forward, and you’ve de-cluttered your space and better
prepared yourself for the sale and purchase of your dream home!