Clutter sounds like a nice way to describe the extra junk we all have lying around our homes. And, when it comes to moving, clutter is the first thing that needs to be downsized in order to attract potential buyers to your house.
Unless you’re a candidate for the show “Hoarders,” decluttering is achievable if you follow some easy rules, the first is to start small.
Trying to organize your entire home in one day is never going to happen. It’s much simpler to start with an area with less emotional pull, like the hall closet. Decide what’s going to be saved, donated or tossed. You’ll feel empowered with every decision you make on your way to more sentimental items.Decide what’s going to be saved, donated or tossed. You’ll feel empowered with every decision you make on your way to more sentimental items.
When the “should it stay or should it go” routine starts giving you a headache, ask a friend or family member to come over to help make decisions, especially in your clothes closet. Don’t keep anything you haven’t worn in years. If it’s in good condition, make your last stop of the day at a shop that donates to charity. Your second guessing will be over.
Check out your local shopper newspaper or call city hall to find out when special collection trash days are held to get rid of old electronics, like old computers and video game systems. Make sure all data is wiped clean before disposing of them. Hazardous material collection days are a great time to dispose of old paint and other chemicals.
Once you’ve got a handle on paring down your clutter, take a second look at each room of the house with the eyes of a potential buyer. Pack away pictures and knick-knacks that take up shelf space. Who knows, you may not miss them once you move, and more clutter will be cleaned off your plate.
Good luck de-cluttering!