Are you getting your property ready to sell but don’t know where to begin with tackling the clutter? You’re not alone… the idea of sorting through coveted personal items that have filled your shelves, drawers and closets over the years can feel overwhelming for most homeowners. Take a look at these simple tips and strategies that have helped our clients get through the process with minimal stress.
Take It One Room At Time
After creating a realistic schedule, begin with the easiest room first to set the wheels in motion and always remember your end goal – to sell your home quickly, at the highest possible price or to achieve a simplified, less stressful life.
In addition to repainting cabinets in bright white, the PJ & Company team removed unnecessary items from glass front cabinets and countertops so nothing would distract from the features of this beautiful updated kitchen.
Keep or Purge?
When considering each item’s fate, a general rule of thumb is to ask yourself whether you’ve touched, used or worn it within the last year. Then organize as you go by placing into one of four labeled boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. In kitchens for example (see photo above), remove tupperware without lids, mismatched mugs, glasses and dinnerware that aren’t part of a set. Try to use only items that coordinate with the color theme of the room.
After removing extra items in this living room, we replaced window treatments and rearranged furniture to brighten and enlarge the space.
Increase Perceived Room Size
Less is more! Help potential buyers focus on the rooms’ features and size by removing unnecessary items and knick-knacks that will inevitably demand attention on bookshelves, mantels and tables. Also remove bulky furniture and heavy window treatments that enclose a space instead of opening it up.
Choose Efficient Storage Solutions
Create as much empty storage space as possible so buyers can see the actual size of closets, cabinets and drawers. Then place important items in labeled baskets and containers that are both functional and aesthetic. Keep larger items such as clothing, blankets and pillows to a minimum.
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AUTHOR: Patti Stern, principal, interior decorator and professional stager of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, has been decorating and staging homes since 2005. She and her team provide turnkey, full service home staging and interior decorating to clients across Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. She also developed an award winning staging program for luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. Her company has received Houzz 2015 and 2016 Awards for Customer Service.
Patti has been featured in Connecticut Magazine, the Hartford Courant, Danbury News-Times and on NBC Connecticut and FOX TV. She is a regular contributor to the National Association of Realtor’s Blog, “Style, Staged and Sold.”
For more information, contact Patti Stern at 203-640-3762 or firstname.lastname@example.org