Declutter Your Home FAST
No one likes to declutter their home. If you have a choice to hang out with friends and family or declutter your home, which one are you going to choose? The first one of course. So the clutter accumulates AND accumulates until we’re ready to sell our home. BUT if you need to declutter your home fast to get it ready to sell, you need to be very intentional about how you go about decluttering your home.
What happens if you don’t declutter? You’re leaving money on the table. Your home will take longer to sell AND you won’t get the price that you want or need for your home.
So you’re now convinced you need to declutter but where do you start?
1. Start with the most important rooms first
If want to to get your house decluttered fast in order to stage your home, start with the most important rooms first. Rooms that are typically on the first floor or that you can see from the hallway. i.e. The living room, dining room, family room, kitchen and hallway.
Next focus on the bedrooms (closets can even be done AFTER photos are taken but BEFORE the listing is live). Lastly the basement. If the basement is a finished basement, it needs to be decluttered and staged! If it’s not a finished basement, it still needs to be neat & tidy. If you don’t have time to do a thorough decluttering job, just pack it up! See Tip #5.
2. Ask your friends or family to help!
THIS is the time to call in ALL your favors. (Okay maybe save one or two for moving day!) Remember the time when you dog sat your friends dog for the week-end? Or the number of times you have driven your son’s friend home back from soccer practice? Or when you shoveled your neighbor’s driveway while they were down south sunning themselves? You get the drift. Call in those favors. Even if it’s only for a couple of hours. Many hands make light work!
Don’t worry about how your house looks. Their house is going to look the same when they’re moving!
This will help you get to your end goal. Get pictures from the website or a magazine to motivate yourself and stick them up somewhere so you can see it daily.
4. Get 3 bins – mark them:
- Keep – If you still use it or wear it in the past year. Trash/recycle – Past the expiry date/broken/won’t work. Be ruthless. Get rid of the stuff you don’t absolutely love or use. Just because someone gave you something, doesn’t mean you need to keep it.
- Donate – Don’t use it or wear it but still in good condition.
- Trash/Recycle – Anything past the expiry date/broken/won’t work. BE RUTHLESS. Get rid of the stuff you don’t absolutely love or use. Just because someone gave you something, doesn’t mean you need to keep it !
5. Just Pack!!!
If you don’t have time to sort your stuff as outlined in Tip #4, pack up your stuff that you don’t need for staging and put it in storage. If you rent a locker, you can always go to the locker to sort while your house is being shown and you’re looking for something to do. Although this option is not ideal, in some situations it may be necessary if it means the cost of delaying putting your house on the market is MORE* than renting a locker to store your stuff to sort later.
*(Situations like this occur if you’re moving out of the country and need to sell fast, or if you have already bought a house before selling your current house and taking to long to get your house ready would mean you might require bridge financing. In another words, you might end up paying for two mortgages if you don’t sell fast!)
Debi Carser is a Designer, Stager & Renovator. For over 10 years she has been helping clients make their home stunning. She has staged over 75 homes helping clients make money beyond their expectations. She has bought several “fixer uppers” and either flipped them for a healthy profit or turned them into profitable rental properties. Follow her as she shares her tips & secrets along the way.