In a recent blog post we offered you a practical guide to decluttering… So you’ve been decisive and had a massive cull… You’re on first name terms with the good people at your local op shop because you’ve donated so frequently… And yet still not everything has a place.
When you present your house at an open home, one of the ways you can make a great first impression is to have a sense of order. Clean surfaces and tidy corners will give your home that all important feeling of space, an attractive proposition to your discerning buyers. However, let’s face it, prior to your sale you still have to live in your house… We know how difficult it is to keep on top of things, especially in a family home, so we thought we’d put together a list of 5 storage solutions that you can use to clear your corners faster than Mary Poppins could sing a verse of that famous tidy up song “A Spoonful of Sugar”!
- Have a few large wicker baskets handy. Use these for quickly gathering and storing toys, shoes or any other manner of household detrius.
- Invest in some secret storage furniture you can take with you when you move, a footstool or ottoman with hidden space is one of the most useful items you can own.
- Purchase a colourful hanging bathroom bag for each member of the family; install some hooks on the wall or back of the bathroom door. When you have an open home everybody’s personal items can be gathered from the surface and hidden away.
- Allocate an “In” tray. Head to the stationary stop and pick up a letter tray so you can keep all your paperwork into one spot.
- Check out those very same op shops that you’ve been donating to, for some vintage style suitcases. Pop one in each of the bedrooms and family rooms; either on top of the wardrobe, on a wide shelf or a small stand. Placed artfully against a wall these can make fabulous retro feature pieces, but are so practical; you can quickly gather up loose items and hide them away in the blink of an eye!