Selling your house takes more than a sign on the lawn.  If you’re thinking about selling this spring or summer, now is the time to get organized.  Potential buyers need to be able to see themselves in your home.  Help them create this vision by removing personal artifacts and decluttering your space.  Follow these three easy steps to simplify the process.

Tackle One Room at a Time

Rather than running from room to room, set up shop in one room at a time and stay there until it’s completely finished.  This will keep the clutter from spilling over to other areas of the house while you are organizing.

Keep, Donate, Store, or Toss

Set up four boxes.  Mark one “keep”, one “donate”, one “save” and one “toss”.  As you go through the decluttering process, consider each item in a room and make a decision.  Only donate items that are in good shape and ready to be used by a new owner.  Items marked “save” should be sentimental or things you will use in another season.  Toss freebies or other items that have gone unused over the years.  Don’t move on to the next room until you have evaluated every item in a room.

Set a Timer

Give yourself 30 to 45 minutes to go through a room and make decisions about what to keep, donate, throw out, or store.  Once the timer goes off, stop for the day.  That way you won’t get overwhelmed by the process.

While you may find the decluttering process a little stressful, remind yourself that it is time well spent in the end.  Just think about all the boxes you won’t be packing with stuff you don’t need or want anymore!  Once you’re done, give me a call!  It’s time to start selling.

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