Selling your house can be tricky. While working in the home staging profession, I was helping clients to get their home ready to put it on the market. I noticed that the task of De-cluttering and what to do with extra ‘stuff’ seemed daunting to them. The more De-cluttering you do, the easier your move will be!
Here are my TOP 6 ways to deal with your clutter when selling your house:
Work methodically, one room at a time. It will seem less difficult and will be easier to stay organized. Get prepared – purchase cardboard boxes and/or storage plastic bins, tape, markers and garbage bags.
Decide what you REALLY wish to keep for your next residence
- Size of new home
- Have you used these items in the last year
- Do they fit with your current and future lifestyle
- Do you NEED them
My rule of thumb has always been….’If I haven`t used in within the last year, let’s part ways’.
Create piles – ‘Donation’, ‘Sell’, ‘Discard’, …and lastly ‘Keep’.
Donation pile: find local charities to either pick up your items or you can drop it off.
If you have accumulated old paint cans, lighter fuels, and other household toxic products, you can take them to your local Eco Center, Municipal Facilities or, possibly, some of the big box stores accept them.
Discard: Flush expired medicine down the toilet. Do NOT be afraid to throw things out, it is liberating. Call your Municipality to see whether they take away bulky items. If you have a lot, find a Junk Removal Company. Remember, you will have fewer things to move!
Sell: If you decide to sell items and they have not sold within a couple of weeks, take an alternate action. Don’t hold on to them in the hopes they will sell.
Call in favors from friends and relatives.
Who can you ask to temporarily store some of your furniture and boxes?
Your garage needs to be freed up as much as possible, as it is an important selling feature for potential buyers. It needs to be clean, organized and spacious. Buyers must see the potential of a car sitting in it.
Consider a storage unit
The easiest ones to use are the portable ‘cube containers’ that are delivered to your house. You simply load it with all your excess `stuff’, lock it up with your own personal lock and then call the company to take it away to their locale. It’s easy, safe and doesn’t require you to load & unload your car multiple times with visits to the storage complex.
Alternatively, look for self-storage facilities in your area. You can rent a storage space appropriate to your needs, on a monthly basis and the prices are quite reasonable.
Use one of your secondary rooms as storage (last resort)
If there is no other option, use one of the least important rooms in the house for storing your extra thing, preferably the basement, a corner of a garage or the shed. It’s OK to have a room that is filled with boxes and non-essentials…after all…you plan on moving and hopefully soon! Just make sure that boxes are neatly stacked, items are placed up against the walls to ensure maximum space to walk within the room. The room still needs to look visually pleasing.
If you follow these 6 simple steps while selling your house, apply your energy and focus on the tasks at hand, I guarantee you will feel better about your house and proud of the results…especially when the property sells and sells well!