If you want to sell your property quickly, you need to help you buyers fall in love with it. And, this means decluttering, and getting rid of [some] of your stuff — especially if you’ve accumulated lots over the years. A cluttered property is a real turn-off, and you want buyers to envision themselves living in your home.
But, let’s face it, most people find the idea of decluttering a bit stressful.
Here are 12 simple tips to help you ditch the clutter quickly and painlessly.
1. Write an Action Plan
Avoid the temptation of grabbing a black bin liner and throwing everything in it. The last thing you want is a mountain of unwanted things with nowhere to go. Get ready first. For instance, set yourself a few realistic goals and milestones like clear kitchen by day two or clear garden by day four. These will help keep you on track and motivated.
2. Get prepared
Remember that all of your unwanted items need to go somewhere. You’ll be amazed how quickly your bin will fill up too. So, if you’re planning to throw away a large amount of stuff, it might be worthwhile getting a skip. Also, if you don’t own a car, you could hire one so, you can take things to the dump or donate items to local charities.
3. Do one room at a time
If the idea of decluttering feels overwhelming, break it down into management chunks. For instance, tackle one room at a time and only when it’s 100% finished, then move onto the next one.
4. Set-up a system
To speed up the process, create a system for throwing things out. In each room set-up six boxes or bags and label them as follows:
5. The 15-Minute Declutter Sweep
This is a quick fun exercise to get rid of superficial clutter — things like old magazines, junk mail, empty shampoo bottles and old shoes. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Grab a bin liner and do a sweep of your entire home. Try to stay focused and get rid of as much as you can in the allocated time frame.
6. Ask questions
It can be challenging to part with objects, especially if they have emotional value. To help you sort you through your stuff, try asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you use this item often?
- When did you last use it?
- If you haven’t used it in 6-months or more — do you plan to use it in the next month? If not, throw it away.
- Based on the above — is the item worth the space in your home?
7. Empty cabinets and draws
We’re all guilty of using cabinets and draws to hoard our unsightly clutter. Things like takeaway menus, loose batteries, plastic bags and pens are usual culprits. Also, don’t forget about built-in wardrobes and hallway cupboards as prospective buyers will be interested in checking out all potential storage spaces.
8. Pack away all personal items
Depersonalise as much as you can. Family photos, children’s artwork, holiday trinkets — are all eye sores to potential buyers. Pack these away safely in a clearly marked box, so you know exactly where they are when it comes to unpacking.
If you need extra motivation, try the following challenge:Set a timer for 20 minutes and do the following:
- Find 12 items to throw away
- Find 12 items to recycle or donate
- Find 12 objects to put in storage
11. Take a photo
If you’re finding it difficult to part with objects that have sentimental value like a favourite holiday gift or a chipped flower vase your auntie gave you. Why not take a photo? This way you can keep the memory but without using up precious space. For kids artwork, special birthday cards, or other paper trinkets, you could scan them then put the pictures into a photo book.
12. Get help
Ask friends and family to give a helping hand. You’ll also benefit from having a more objective attitude, especially if you’re struggling to let go of things.
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