Before putting your house on the market, consider these suggestions from our professional organizers to declutter the interior. Doing so can sell your place quicker by attracting more potential buyers as the living area appears larger. Remember that house hunters check every inch of the living space, so it’s crucial that you go from room to room, clearing away the clutter.
Where to Start
The hallway is an excellent place to start as it is usually a small space that gets overwhelmed with things. By clearing away excess items, this space quickly looks larger and more inviting.
It is also one of the first places people see so it’s important to make a great impression. If there is a closet, tidy the coats, putting aside those you no longer wear to sell or donate.
Remove items that out of season too, such as snow boots in the summer. Put them into boxes and storing them out of sight, such as beneath the bed.
In the Living Room
An important room to declutter is the living room, as that is where the next homeowner will likely spend most of their time. Look at what furniture is needed and what can be moved to another room to open it up.
Consider donating an extra chair or table to a charity if it’s just taking up space. Not only will you help someone in need but also bring attention to attractive features of the room, such as picture windows.
The kitchen is another place that buyers will look at in detail to assess if it fits what they are looking for. Start by clearing all items off the countertop, if possible. A spacious counter is a great selling feature.
Putting away appliances and paring them down to only those you use will also give the kitchen a cleaner and more inviting appearance. The time it takes to do so is worth it as serious house hunters want to be able to envision themselves in the space.
Organize Cupboards and Drawers
Of course, putting away appliances once kept on the kitchen counter into cupboards means that you will need to make space there for them. Start by donating or selling any duplicates and then move on to discarding broken items.
Then, do the same for drawers, both in the kitchen and in other rooms. From there, you can see if friends or family might be able to use items that you no longer use or any single-use appliances that are collecting dust.
Be sure to declutter your wardrobe before putting the home up for sale too. A closet that is brimming with items looks small and messy.
Instead, present it in the best light to potential buyers by removing pieces that you do not wear anymore. Also, put off-season garments into storage boxes. Choose nice-looking boxes or bins if they are going to be in plain sight in the closet. Don’t forget to declutter what’s hanging on the back of the bedroom door too.
Whether you have a small home or a bigger one, it’s easy to accumulate clutter. Our friendly experts are here to help you remove clutter and organize rooms to make better use of the space to sell your home faster.