Let’s face it we all collect “stuff”… But if you’re thinking of listing your house for sale it’s important to think about decluttering, for several reasons…
- You want to introduce your home to prospective purchasers at its very best.
- Each room should reflect its ideal use.
- Clutter can make your home look and feel smaller than it is.
- You’re not just selling a house, you’re selling a dream… The purchase of your property is the next step in your prospective buyers life journey, they don’t want that to be filled with items that don’t fit; present your viewers with a calm, ordered space that they will be able make their own.
A practical guide to help you declutter…
- Prepare your tools – Cartons, box tape, marker pen and labels are essential in your bid to restore order.
- Do it in earnest – All those guides that suggest you declutter for 15 minutes a day or tackle one drawer at a time… They may be misguided. If you tidy one draw in one room, then go back to it two days later you’ll be constantly chasing your tail. As fast as you’re decluttering, that draw will become full again. Pick as big a space as you can manage. The whole house in a weekend might be too much, but tackle sizable chunks. Think rooms rather than drawers.
- Shift your focus – Instead of focusing on what you should get rid of, focus on what you can’t live without. Japanese tidiness expert, Marie Kondo, says “As you hold each item in your hand if the item ‘brings you joy’, you’ll feel it straight away. If it doesn’t, it’s time to let it go.“
- Be decisive – There’s no “maybe” in decluttering. There should be two categories “keep” and “discard”. A “maybe” pile makes it too easy to dilute the process.
- A place for everything – Each item that goes into your “keep” category should be placed in it’s rightful place. So consider whether it’s in the right room or whether it’s “out of season” and needs to be stored temporarily until it’s needed again.
- Start packing early – Potential buyers will often focus on kitchen cupboard space, so you don’t want yours to be stuffed to overflowing. Go through your kitchen cabinets and pack away any items you don’t use on a regular basis.
- Consider temporary storage – Similarly to point 6, sometimes an item is just not going to contribute to selling your home… We’re talking about the treadmill in the spare bedroom. Remember you want to present each room as it should be used. Pack up these items and store them temporarily.
- Ask an expert – The team at Bayleys Marlborough are happy to give you an impartial opinion of where you should focus your decluttering efforts. You can contact us HERE.