The time has come for you to sell your home, but where do you even start? Many people, especially those who have lived in their homes for a long time, don’t realize how many things they really own. From household appliances, to decorations, to tools, and beyond, it’s easy to lose sight of how to keep your home organized. This is a problem you’ll surely be confronted with when listing your home on the market, and the earlier you can get started on decluttering your home, the better. This is especially true for those trying to buy and sell a house at the same time. While this could be quite an overwhelming task, staying ahead of the game is key in this situation. Follow these decluttering tips to help you sell your home in the new year.
Sell, Donate, or Trash Unneeded Items
Marie Kondo’s name rings a bell for a reason. A decluttered home is a happy home, and the first place you should start is ridding yourself of all of the items that you don’t absolutely need. Not only is this going to free up space in your home and help it feel less cluttered, but it’s also going to help the buying and selling process feel way easier. Go through every room of your house and decide which items are worth trying to sell. This might include new to like-new furniture, appliances, decorations, electronics, and other equipment. For the rest of the items, consider dropping them off at your local Goodwill or thrift store. Too old even for thrifting? Don’t be afraid to throw it away or recycle it! The freedom that comes alongside ridding yourself of “junk” is unmatched.
Once you’ve narrowed down your belongings to the basics, you can start the process of reorganizing. What this will look like is taking all of the items that you recently went through and finding a location for them that is convenient and that makes sense. It’s easy to let the rooms and spaces become mismatched and disorganized over the years, but a few days of reorganization is going to make everything feel fresh and new!
Take Advantage of All Current Storage Options
Closets, drawers, cabinets, and shelves are the most obvious areas to store your items, but what else can you use in your home to keep things decluttered? Perhaps you can store vases and glassware atop kitchen cabinets if they’re too large/clunky for the cabinets. Additionally, underneath the bed is an excellent space for bedding and larger items of clothing, like coats and sweaters. Think of all of the areas in your home that could be used as storage and use them to your advantage.
Create New Storage Opportunities as Needed
If you are still looking for ways to declutter and your current options just aren’t cutting it, find ways to be creative with storage. This could mean adding ceiling fixtures to hang extra cooking ware or installing shelves in your cabinet for cleaning supplies. Depending on what you need to store and what your home already has to offer, there are many ways to get organized without too much hassle.
Whether you plan on listing your home on the market or selling your house for cash, getting organized and decluttering in advance is going to save you a lot of time and money. On top of that, having a well put together home will feel fresh and relaxing during the new year!