If there is one step you do not want to skip when staging your home, it is the decluttering process. A mess that takes up a walkway, as well as counter or table space, is a turn-off for buyers. Declutter your home before your open house with the following tips.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items
The first thing you want to do is get rid of your unwanted items, from the sweater you bought on impulse to the free item you got with a purchase. Most people sell, donate or give away these items. The items that are expired or damaged should be discarded or recycled. You would be surprised at how much space you have when you declutter.
Start Packing Other Items
Once you have gotten rid of your unwanted items, you can focus on the items you are planning to keep. Start by packing items that you do not use frequently, such as seasonal decor. You can place these items in storage or at a friend’s house until it is time to move. The items you often use can be packed up as the moving day gets closer.
Organize What You Are Displaying
If you are displaying any items for the open house, make sure they are neat and tidy. For example, you may want to place two or three books on the coffee table for staging purposes. The books should be in a nice, neat stack, and consider stacking them by size. Remember, you are going to be packing up personal items such as photographs and collectibles.
The decluttering process can be overwhelming, so it is best to take it one room at a time to avoid stress or frustration. Once you get rid of the clutter, you are going to have an open, airy home to stage for your buyers.Kelli McClintock