Whether preparing to sell your property now or in the future, the idea of clearing out the clutter from your home can seem overwhelming and stressful. After all, the task of downsizing personal belongings that have accumulated over many years is not only physically exhausting, but emotionally draining as well. So what tips have helped our clients get through the process with the least stress? Take a look…
Before & After of Family Room Staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating
In addition to adding neutral paint and carpeting and updating furniture and accessories, we removed personal photos, collections and trinkets from shelves and tables that distracted from the room’s features.
1. Set realistic goals by taking one room at a time. If you become overwhelmed, remind yourself of the end goal – to sell your home quickly and at the highest possible price.
2. The saying “less is more” really applies here – let each room breathe to help potential buyers focus on the rooms’ features and size instead of on personal photos and collections that will inevitably command attention on shelves and tables.
3. Invest in a dumpster so you have an immediate place to dispose of items. Keep in mind the rule of thumb – if you haven’t touched, worn or used it in over a year, pitch it (or donate to a charitable organization).
4. Create as much empty storage space as possible. Buyers want to see the actual size of closets, attics and basements. Use decorative baskets for organizing items such as towels, toiletries, detergents, wrapping paper, holiday decorations and other knick-knacks. Keep larger items such as clothing, blankets and pillows to a minimum.
5. How much Tupperware do we really need? Increase perceived kitchen size by sifting through each cabinet and removing mismatched mugs, glasses, dinnerware or flatware that are not part of a set. Minimize items on counters such as toasters, coffee pots and drying racks to create additional space as well as clean lines. Hang a shoe organizer on the inside of a pantry to store smaller items that clutter drawers.
6. Make it a fun family event! Get the job done as a team and have a “farewell junk party.” Each member of the family could tackle their own bedroom and have a competition for who finishes first or has the largest throw-away collection.