Joan Congilose's Real Estate Blog: 7 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home Before You Sell

7 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home Before You Sell

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When it comes to preparing your home to sell, the best place to start is clearing the clutter. Clutter includes all of those things we have a tendancy to save that we no longer use that just lie around or take over extra space in our homes. We all are guilty of saving things in our homes, garages and basements that we forget we even still have. However, the more you declutter the cleaner and more spacious your home will appear to prospective buyers and the quicker it will sell. If just thinking about it makes you feel overwhelmed, here are a few easy steps to get you started.

Step 1: Set A Schedule

You are much more likely to stick to a routine, whatever it may be, if you work on a schedule. In addition, this allows you to clean when you can minimize interruptions and maximize your time.

Step 2: Do One Room At A Time

  If you can visualize what you want, you will be better able to achieve it. By setting goals for each room, you can note the things that need changing and work toward that goal one day at a time.

Step 3: Create A Deadline To Finish

When do you hope to have your home ready for showing? One week, two weeks or even a month? Depending on your schedule and the amount of clutter that you have, it may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before you can kick back and relax again. You may want to enlist the help of friends and family if you are on a short time schedule. 

Step 4: Start Small

The clutter in your home didn't appear overnight, and it won't disappear overnight either. If you start small, you will be less likely to get frustrated and give up midway through your cleanup.

Step 5: Categorize Your Clutter

When cleaning, it's important to categorize your items into groups. By separating the items that you want to keep, toss and donate, you will be able to move through your clutter quickly and efficiently.

Step 6: Letting Go

A good rule of thumb for uncluttering your home is to get rid of anything that you haven't used within the past year. If it's still useful, consider donating it to a good cause or having a garage sale. Otherwise, toss it.

Step 7: Pack It Up

Since you are planning on moving anyway, pack up those items that you can't part with but don't need to use any time soon. You can either put them in storage until your move or confine them to a designated space in your garage, basement or attic. Buyers will perceive that you are a family that is organized, ready to move and it is less to pack once your home sells.      

Joan Congilose, Broker/ Sales Associate

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Comment balloon 8 commentsJoan Congilose • March 20 2014 07:50AM


Great points.  Clutter can be a big issue for a listing and these are great tips for getting a home decluttered.  Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Rob Marken, 25+ years experience in Bend (Bend River Realty) about 5 years ago


This is a nice post with step by step suggestions that make it easy to follow and make the progress needed. Have a great week. 

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) almost 5 years ago

Joan, This is great advice.  I've seen times where it's hard for people to let go of things and for others, it's easy.  I think it has a lot to do with personalities, but it needs to be done.  You've made it easy to follow.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Good list, Joan. I especially like "set a deadline." I think that step is often missed. How many of us would be too busy to file our income taxes if we didn't have a deadline?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Joan - I think setting a schedule and starting small is key to decluttering because it's so easy to get overwhelmed. 

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) almost 5 years ago

Hi Joan, this post is as relevant now, as when you wrote it.  Your suggestions are very easy to help one get motivated! 

Posted by Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert (Brokers Guild Classic) about 4 years ago

This is very good advice for prospective home sellers.


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Suggestion:  Add your office address to your automatic blog signature. Prospects want to know where you are located.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago