When we decided that our house needed to be placed on the market, I knew that I had my work cut out for me. Eight years of living
lazily comfortably within this house had left me with closets, drawers, cabinets, and corners full of clutter. Everyone I spoke with said the same thing…
If you want to sell your house, you need to de-clutter.
So, we cancelled homeschool for two weeks. I woke early and went to bed late. But, we got it done and the house looks amazing.
What is Clutter?
This might be harsh if you are attached to your stuff, but clutter is anything excessive that rests on a surface. While “excessive” might be relative to the individual, I think you should really seek minimalism. Box up those treasured what-nots and extra items. You are planning to move anyway, right? Consider it preparation for moving day.
If you are having a difficult time determining what should be put into storage, try to view your home as a visitor would. Look at your house from the street. What catches your attention? What could be improved? Walk in and look around. What do you notice first?
Still having problems? Ask someone you trust, like a neighbor or friend, to point out things that they notice.
If you are planning to put your house up for sale, here is a step-by-step checklist for de-cluttering your home.
In every room ~
- Remove all clutter
- Clean the ceiling fan
- Sweep the ceiling
- Dust the walls from the top down
- Dust the base boards
- Dust all furniture
- Vacuum, mop and/or clean carpets
- Launder or vacuum the window treatments
- Wash the windows
- Replace or repair damaged mini-blinds
- Replace blown light bulbs
- Patch holes
- Touch-up paint walls and trim
Additional items in the kitchen ~
- Box up all extra plates and serving pieces
- Organize your spice rack and pantry
- Move appliances you seldom use to your cabinets or pantry
- Scrub your sink
- Change the drip pans on your stove top
- Clean the oven
- Wipe down all appliances
- Make any necessary repairs
Additional items in the bathroom ~
- Scrub the shower
- Clean the toilet
- Remove toiletries from the counter and tub
- Make any necessary repairs
- Have clean towels prepared for show
Additional items in the bedrooms ~
- Remove excess books, magazines, and/or toys
- Make beds (daily)
In the closets ~
- Remove seasonal items
- Organize loose items
- Move boxes to attic or storage
- Wash windows
- Check for rot and mildew
- Spot clean, if needed
- Touch up paint, if needed
- Sweep the front porch/stoop
- Trim the lawn and hedges
- Place potted flowers around your front door
- Purchase a new welcome mat
Notice that we chose to not repaint. This is definitely something you should consider if your home has a variety of different colors on every wall in the main living spaces. Since our home carries a neutral theme through the majority of the home, we decided not to paint but will offer any potential buyers the option of having us paint in neutral tones before we move.
What tips would you offer for preparing your home for sale?
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