Getting your house ready to sell can be a nerve-wracking process – you have to be critical of the place that, up until now, was just “home”. But now that fresh eyes will be critiquing every aspect of that home, it can be hard to figure out what to do to make the place look good. However, one of the best and most cost-effective things you can do is simply declutter then give the place a thorough cleaning. Decluttering makes your home feel bright and spacious, and will make it feel less like your home to a potential buyer, and more like theirs.

Make sure to give yourself lots of time for the decluttering process as it will inevitably turn into a trip down memory lane, with many struggles with yourself as you decide whether or not to part with an item. Just try to remember that these items are really just things, and you will still have the memories they are associated with long after they are gone. It is so easy to slide from the place where we own the things, to the place where they own us.

The easiest way to declutter is to have five separate boxes available as you sort through:

  • Keep
  • Sell
  • Recycle
  • Donate
  • Trash

This will help you stay focused and less emotionally invested when you are reminded that in the end you will be helping someone else out with your donations, and by selling that which you no longer need you will up with some cash to buy something you actually need for the new place!

– Dana Snow, Broker of Record