We’ve all heard this strategy when it comes time to sell your home. But what does it mean to de-clutter as you prepare for the market? Here are tips on how to do it effectively!
-Remove 50% of items from shelves and book cases
-Remove 30% of clothes from closets (hint: if you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it)
-Remove personal items, mops, brooms and similar items from HVAC and laundry closets – believe it or not, this sends the message that your home doesn’t have enough storage
-Reduce the number of children’s toys. This is a tough one and the easiest way is to slowly remove toys from the play rotation, one by one, week by week. After you move (into a presumably larger space) you can slowly bring them back
-Look under your bed. Now remove everything you see
-Clean up the desk – no piles, tidy files and keep only one pen cup
-Your plants need a vacation – permanently. More than a few potted plants in a room hides the space (same goes for balconies, decks and terraces). So send them on their way!
-Remember…you will need to pack these items for your move at some point – it may as well be now!