Between the approach of spring (spring cleaning) and the constant buzz surrounding Marie Kondo and all things simplified, decluttering seems to be on everyone’s mind. Getting your house cleaned out and in order is good for anyone’s piece of mind, but especially for those who are considering selling their home anytime soon.
If you are one of the many thinking about listing their home for sale this spring or summer, this is an excellent place to start. Home buyers often have a hard time envisioning their own things in homes, and clutter only amplifies this problem.
Ready to start your own decluttering project? Consider these tips as you get started:
- Stay calm. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Try to focus on small areas and projects at a time, rather than focusing on the big picture which can get overwhelming and make you want to quit before you start.
- Gather supplies. You’ll need trash bags and boxes for storage and donations.
- Enlist help. Have kids, family, friends? It’s always more fun cleaning with help!
- Declutter in one room or area at a time. Consider starting with your bathroom. Often the smallest space and quickest to clean out, getting your bathroom organized can help your daily routine and give you a quick sense of accomplishment.
- Start on your bedroom. Consider the closet and your clothing a totally separate space/project to tackle.
- Office space/entry/hallways – all those miscellaneous spaces that gather things you aren’t quite sure what to do with. Get rid of anything you don’t absolutely need to keep. Develop an easy filing system for all of your paperwork that you gather.
- Big impact – kitchen cleaning. Cleaning out the kitchen may be a bigger project but can make a huge impact. Donate any unused, nonperishable food or utensils you don’t use regularly. Clean off your counter tops and organize your drawers.
- Clean as you go. Once you’ve got your things cleared out, give each space a nice cleaning for ultimate impact.
If you tackle your spaces one at a time, stay focused, and stay calm, decluttering can be fun and make a huge impact on your daily life and the overall feel of your home.