Homes that have things crammed into every corner are not appealing to buyers. If you are planning on selling your home soon, consider clearing out the clutter in your home now. Here are some tips to make this task more bearable:
Paper here, paper there, paper everywhere. A few pieces of paper turns into piles and piles. Cleaning out paper is a page-by-page task. Have a discard pile for recycling and be sure to shred anything with sensitive info. If you have papers to keep, keep them in a more organized order with a labeled filing system. Or, you may want to scan and keep digital copies.
When you open the closet does something jump out? Oh the horror. It’s time to tackle one closet at a time! Be ruthless. If you have not used an item in a year, do you really need it? Why are you holding onto those 1990s clothes? Even if they come back into style, color and sizes change. Be sure to donate clothing that is in good shape to a place like Good Will or another organization. Remember, less is more.
How organized are your home records? Have a binder that has your improvement records and receipts. Store warranties in the binders, too. When it comes time to sell your home, you will have all of your documents at your fingertips.
Cans from the year 2000 are not a good thing. Check expiration dates and discard old items. While you are at it, think about attacking the freezer for old items, too.
Basement and Garage
If your basement and garage are dumping sites, you made need to plan some time sorting through items. If these things are in your basement or garage and you are not using them, why are you keeping them?
One Room at a Time
Don’t let your clutter overwhelm you. Tackle one room at a time. Start with the messiest room first. You will have a feeling of accomplishment when that room is done.
Why Are You Holding onto Something?
Things can be functional and sentimental. If you are keeping something you do not regularly use, ask yourself why you need to have it.
By clearing out clutter now before you sell, your home will not only look so much better to buyers, but you will not have to haul those unneeded things to your new home.
Sell Your Items
You may be getting rid of household items that someone else might cherish. Consider selling via an online auction website, like Second Story Auctions. You will get rid of the clutter and make some money at the same time!