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Posted by Ada Cimpeanu on 9/29/2019

If you plan to sell your house in the foreseeable future, it often helps to declutter. That way, you can eliminate excess items from your house and make it easy for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

Before you start to declutter, there are several steps that you should follow to achieve the best-possible results, and these are:

1. Consider Which Items That You Want to Keep

One homeowner's treasure is another's clutter, and vice-versa. Thus, you'll want to take a close look at your personal belongings and determine which items are keepers and which items are clutter.

If you find that you have lots of clutter, there is no need to worry. Remember, you can always sell excess items at a yard sale or online. You also may be able to donate various excess items to charity or give them to family members or friends.

2. Examine Clutter in Each Room of Your Home

Clutter rarely is confined to one room of a house. As such, you'll want to closely examine each room of your home and identify all clutter before you list your residence.

Oftentimes, it helps to make a home decluttering checklist that includes each area of your home. This checklist will enable you to take a room-by-room approach to remove clutter and may help you streamline the decluttering process.

3. Evaluate Your Storage Options

Although you likely will find plenty of clutter in your home, you may identify a wide range of items that you want to keep too. At the same time, you probably want to remove as many items from your house to show off the true size and beauty of your home to potential buyers.

Ultimately, it helps to evaluate storage options prior to decluttering. This will ensure that you have plans in place to store myriad items as you start to remove clutter from your house.

Many home sellers choose to rent storage units for their personal belongings. These units generally can be rented on a monthly basis and enable home sellers to keep their belongings safe until their houses are sold. Furthermore, it may be beneficial to pick up storage bins to temporarily store myriad belongings in your house's attic or basement.

If you need extra assistance as you prepare to declutter your house, it frequently helps to reach out to a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer expert decluttering tips, as well as guide you along the home selling journey.

A real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events, negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf and much more. Therefore, with a real estate agent on your side, you can increase the likelihood of a quick, profitable home selling experience.

Ready to declutter and list your residence? Follow the aforementioned steps, and you can eliminate clutter and move closer to selling your house.

Posted by Ada Cimpeanu on 5/14/2017

One of the easiest ways to improve the value of your house is to de-clutter your home. A clutter free home adds living space to your residence. It also reveals carpet,wood flooring and wall space that needs repair.

Watch a tiny house television show and you'll learn how much you can do with a few hundred square feet of housing. But, you can't maximize your living space if boxes,clothes, shoes and household goods are cluttering your home.

Gain more living space in your current home

Picking unused goods off the floor is the first step. Chairs and end tables that you only use when company visits can be stored in the basement, garage or attic. Consider selling furniture that you don't use on websites like eBay and Letgo. Who knows? Earning the extra money could inspire you to rid your home of more unused items.

To maximize the space at your home, take these 10 easy steps. Make it easy on yourself.Give yourself two weeks to de-clutter.

  • Place five large moving boxes in the room that you are going to de-clutter.
  • Approach the process as if you were moving and each unused and unnecessary item cost you $20 if you kept it.
  • Drop items that you are going to donate to charity into one moving box.
  • Place items that you are going to sell online or at a yard sale in another moving box.
  • Use sturdy plastic containers to store books in.Libraries, churches, schools and community youth organizations might be looking for the types of books that you are ready to shed.
  • Pick seasonings, cans and food boxes off of kitchen counters. It might surprise you how much counter space you actually have after you move goods into cabinets.
  • Store large kitchen utensils in large, bottom cabinets, leaving more room to store smaller utensils on top shelves.
  • Stack videotapes, family photo albums and journals in cabinets at the bottom of entertainment centers.
  • Add good lighting to rooms. Also, open blinds and drapes to invite more natural light inside your home.
  • Set a goal to leave lots of open floor space in each room.
  • Move coffee and end tables close to chairs and sofas.
  • Walk through your home each month and toss out items that you know you are not going to use.

Take small steps if you must

Living in a clutter free home starts with your expectations. If the home you grew up in was filled with furniture, knick knacks, decorations, end tables and photographs,you might think that, in order for your home to feel warm and loving, it needs to be filled. You may feel like you're missing something or not being a good homeowner when you spot large amounts of empty space.

If this is the case, take small steps to de-clutter your home. Empty unnecessary furniture and knick knacks out of one room at a time. You could even start with your garage, basement or attic. Painting a room, installing blinds, drapes or another window treatment could ease the transition from a jammed packed room to a room that gives you more space to live in.

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