One of the biggest challenges for my sellers when we discuss listing their house is decluttering. It is so important to do though, because cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the home and makes them more likely to fall in love with it!
Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has become the newest, hottest guru in the “organizational world” and her decluttering process gained enormous popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.
“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”
Can we all just take a moment and acknowledge the “thank them for their service” part of the process?? Love that! And really, when you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can pretty quickly identify the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!
“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”
As I tell my sellers, first impressions matter so much when you’re selling your house – buyers don’t come back or make offers on homes that don’t WOW them. This is why making the most of the spaces in your house is so important. This is also why part of my selling services for clients includes complimentary professional staging – I hire a professional stager to work in the house (usually for two or three hours) to situate furniture and items in the home. This allows the things in the home to highlight the home itself, to enhance the home, and not to be a distraction to buyers.
Then the professional photographer comes and takes fabulous photos so that the home really shines online. My advice to sellers is also that the way you stage a home is not for living, it’s for selling…it’s a way to look at your house with fresh eyes, as well as to begin emotionally distancing yourself from it being a “home” to it being a “house”.
There’s one other important piece to this too…when you sort through your more sentimental items, you can go ahead and pack them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during the staging process and during showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you have to do right before you sign the closing papers and make the actual move!
Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home! And always consider professional staging when you’re selling – or better yet, just call me and I’ll provide fabulous real estate AND staging services FOR you. Email me at HeatherSims@Ebby.com, call me at 214-549-7978, send me a carrier pigeon (sorry, no link for that) and let’s discuss my proven strategy for home selling!