How To Declutter Your Home To Attract Buyers And Sell Fast

How To Declutter Your Home To Attract Buyers And Sell Fast

Planning to sell your home in the near future? You must consider many factors before selling your house, such as what home improvements make your house the most sellable, or how you should price your house. One thing many sellers often forget about as they prepare their homes, though, is the clutter they already have. Learning how to declutter your home for sale is key if you want to make it sale ready and help get it on and off the market as fast as possible.

Why Declutter Your Home?

There are several reasons to declutter your home. First, and maybe most importantly, you make it more presentable for buyers. It’s a chance to show off just how much space you have available. More than that, it gives you a chance to get rid of some things before you pack them up and move. You could even sell a few things here and there to help give you extra cash for your move.

Maybe the most important reason, though, is the fact that according to some studies, Brits hold on to more clutter than anyone else. In a 2021 study, it was found that the UK uses 37.6 million square feet of storage space every single year, which is the amount that might fit into 268,500 removal vans. One in two Brits admit to holding onto things longer than they should, and one in every three admits to not loving the idea of getting rid of anything! The average three-bed new build home is nearly 43 square feet smaller than the average Brit’s storage needs, so getting rid of that extra is nothing short of a must before you make your move.

If you’re sold on the process, though, the next step is to learn how to declutter your home. What can you do to effectively sway people into believing yours is their dream home? Learning how to effectively declutter your home can help.

How To Completely Declutter Your Home

To declutter your home effectively, start by prioritising your tasks. Think about what the buyers will see first: the garden, entryways, living room, kitchen, and many more. Put the most visible parts first when you are decluttering.

In the garden, make sure you pull your weeds and keep bins out of sight. You’ll want to wash the path, too, and get rid of any extra junk you typically store outside.

In the entryway, put away your shoes and coats. If you have coats that are making your entryway look smaller, put away your least-used coats neatly in a cupboard. You should also add a bowl to catch all of your random items, such as receipts, keys, and hair ties to keep these items from taking over a whole surface.

In the sitting room, start by clearing your coffee table, then throw any old catalogues, take-away flyers, or any other type of junk mail in the bin. Then you should remove the unsightly wires from view or if possible organise them with ties and hooks. After that, you should make space on the windowsills to make as much room for natural light to enter as possible, even if that means removing some of the items currently there.  Make sure your furniture layout makes sense from an outsider’s perspective, and if there is any furniture you are not taking with you, either donate it to a charity shop or store it before viewings start.

In the kitchen, make more space on your countertops by removing and putting away the appliances you don’t frequently use. You should also make sure all doors and drawers have the ability to properly close and if there is any especially fancy storage space that could be a selling point make sure to clear that space first. Put things away and get organised as much as possible. This could look like getting a minimalist spice organising rack and donating extra stuff.

Remember, when you have a viewing, don’t leave anything on your countertops. This likely means putting your bread and butter away in the fridge or a cupboard and clearing your fridge of any knickknacks. Also, don’t forget to wash your dirty dishes and put them away, leaving your drying rack, if you don’t have a dishwasher, clear during viewings.

In the bathroom, the most important thing is making sure your surfaces are cleared. This means either putting away, using or getting rid of any extra toiletries, especially in the bath/shower where products tend to collect.

In the master bedroom, you’ll want to start by clearing your nightstands. This means keeping only the essentials that you use nightly on your nightstand and getting rid of any excess junk you may have there. Make sure your drawers all close properly and keep them closed during viewings. In your wardrobe, assign a storage box to the clutter and donate any clothes you have not worn in the last twelve months.

If you’re like most people, there are other spaces in your house that need attention. As you work through each space, remember that storage is important. Use storage boxes to the fullest extent, then put any out-of-season items in secondary storage spaces to make your house seem as spacious as possible.

How to Declutter Your Home When You Are Overwhelmed

It may look scary to get started with seemingly so much to do. You may also be stressed because the process of moving itself is so stressful. What can you do in these situations? These tips can help.

  • Just get started. It may sound completely cliché, but it’s entirely true. Everything seems to be more overwhelming when you’re about to start the task, but once you start it becomes a lot less overwhelming, and it is easier to get the task done.
  • Start small. Clutter takes years to develop and you cannot expect it to be cleaned up completely in a day or two. Just take it one step at a time. Make yourself a simple schedule like dealing with the kitchen today, then the bedrooms the next day.
  • Make it a habit. Practice is the key to decluttering. If you practice regularly, then you work to decide whether to keep or get rid of something, you’ll already be ready to make the decision every time.
  • Make a plan! Ask yourself regularly –
    • If you keep the clutter where will you take it?
    • What time will you be able to declutter throughout the day and/or week?
    • What do you need to make decluttering easy?
    • What is your definition of clutter?
    • How will you take care of each room that you are decluttering, i.e. where do you start what do you do next?
  • Start with the room that needs to declutter the most. That way your most time-consuming room is already done first. Another good room to start with is to start with the room that would make the most difference in your home. What room would make you happiest if it looked organised?
  • Time yourself. Break up decluttering into 5-15 minute sessions so it feels less overwhelming.
  • Take the rubbish out first. It makes an immediate impact on the room.
  • Make a relaxing space- clear the space of clutter and keep it clutter-free for when you are taking a break that way you’re able to have a place that is not reminding you of the clutter.
  • Remember that perfection doesn’t exist. Just do the best you can.
  • Don’t second-guess yourself. You know what you need and what you don’t. Trust yourself.

Make it fun for you. Listen to music you like or make it into a game. Wear comfortable clothes like your favourite jumper to make the process just a little easier.

Work from Home? Here’s How to Declutter your Home Office

Working from home is such a common experience these days, and people are wondering how to declutter their home office. These tips and tricks can help.

  • Keep only the essentials. Keep the paperwork that you are currently working on and the paperwork you may need for any other reason.
  • If possible, switch your documents to digital so that they take up less space.
  • Sort your paperwork into categories and make a filing system that makes sense to you. Then if your boss needs to see something immediately, it’s easy to find.

Label everything. If everything is labelled, you know where it should go,

Working Fast: How to Quickly Declutter Your Home

If you’re like most home sellers, time is of the essence when it comes to decluttering quickly. You can make it happen, though. First, block out the time you need to declutter. Give yourself a bit of time in the day to do nothing but declutter. Once you reach that time, start on your first task and tackle as many as you can in the time you set for yourself. As you work, note what you have duplicates of and eliminate them. Be sure to use any storage space you can like the space beneath your bed. Work with four piles in mind: one to keep, one to throw away, one to donate, and one to sell. Be sure to take care of those four piles at the end of each session.

Are There Other Times to Consider Decluttering Your Home?

Decluttering your home isn’t just for moving. You may want to learn how to declutter and organise your home so you can simply get more done on a day-to-day basis. You may also want to learn how to declutter and downsize your home so you can reclaim your space after the kids leave. Fortunately, there are several things you can do in both of these situations. Start the way you might start the decluttering process if you’re moving. Get rid of those things you don’t need. Remember, in any case, your belongings shouldn’t be greater than your ability to store them.

As you work, it may be helpful to put similar things together because in doing so, you can easily see how much of something you have so you can easily dump the excess. Once you group things, take inventory so you know what you have and you can edit the list to your heart’s content. Don’t keep any expired products and get rid of clothing you have not worn in the past year.

You’ll likely develop a new organisational system while you work, and that’s important! Just make sure the system you use suits you. If you’re going to immediately lose everything because you don’t know where it is, you might want to rethink where you are putting everything. Make it both make sense and be somewhere you can remember. If you want, you can make the storage solutions and the rest of the system fit the aesthetic of your home, it can be as complex or as simple as you would like. Be sure to label your things while you work. Sometimes labelling everything makes it easier to tell what something is for or who it is. You should also consider open bins rather than those that stack, as you’re more likely to stick to a system that’s easy to access. Smaller bins are always easier to access, too.

Be sure you only organise one space at a time, though. You don’t have to tackle everything at once. You can take as much or as little time to organise your home because any progress is still progressing toward the goal That said, you should still try to set aside time to organise the space so that you’re making the progress you want to achieve. Make a priority list of what you want to organise for the day, but don’t make it an endless list. Break it into smaller, easier-to-handle tasks.

The four-pile method works here, too. Just be very particular about the things you want to keep. You’ll want to minimise the amount you have, so putting everything in your keeping pile isn’t a good idea.

Keep in mind that it may help if you make every surface look as neat as possible. Minimise the decorations on a surface, and have a specific spot for everything in your home. Arranging your furniture to reflect the space is key.

Once you’ve downsized, you’ll want to keep it that way, and there are a few different things you can do to make that happen. First, take a picture so you can see how much progress you’ve made and commit to keeping it that way. Then, always put everything away. That prevents you from having clutter build up and helps to prevent you from losing your things. You’ll want to store everything in the room it’s used, and pay attention to your habits. You may have a habit of putting things in the wrong spot, and that could be leading to clutter. If you’re not using something, get rid of it immediately. You may also want to try the one-in-one-out rule. For every new thing, you obtain (like articles of clothing), donate one you already have.

How to Declutter Your Home so UK Buyers Will Love It

If you’re working to sell your home fast, you’ve probably read lots of tips like these above on how to declutter your home before moving. Just learning how to start decluttering your home is the real key. Here are the takeaways you need so you can start moving in the right direction.

  • Make 4 piles, keep, eliminate, donate and sell.
    • Get rid of them in this order: eliminate, sell and donate.
  • Work on decluttering in little chunks at a time.
    • This can be 15 minutes a day on one task.
    • It could also be working on one room, or area of a room until it is done.
  • Make the organisation system work for you.
    • Everyone is different, and what works for someone else may not work the best for you so you have to make sure that the system works for you.
  • Keep what you love and need.
    • There is no need to make your home stop feeling like home because you are decluttering, keep what you use and what is important to you.
  • Get rid of duplicates.
    • When there is the ability to combine the containers or get rid of the ones you use less.
    • This means getting rid of body products you didn’t like but kept for just in case you changed your mind.
  • Seasonally Declutter.
    • You know about spring cleaning, but it is also good to get rid of things you don’t need throughout the year. For example, get rid of those summer clothes you know no longer fit at the end of the teaching season.
  • Use your current storage space to your full advantage.
    • There is likely space that is not being properly utilised or that could be better arranged. Start there before getting new storage solutions to add to your home.
  • Have a place for frequently lost items
    • Have a bowl or some other solution for your keys, remotes, or other items.
  • Ask yourself how much are you downsizing.
    • If the answer is a lot, only keep the essentials you need and a few sentimental items
  • To finish off decluttering your home before you move, clean as you go, if you make a mess in one room clean it up before moving on to the next, and so forth

When you’re ready, make a list of what needs to be done. Set a timer for 15 minutes to complete one task, and just focus on one task at a time. It may help to take a before and after picture to keep you motivated. Each time you work, make sure you donate at least one item. Try not to declutter more than five places in one session, or you’re likely to get overwhelmed. Most of all, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your spouse, friend, or even kids can help better decide what to eliminate and what to keep.

Decluttering certainly isn’t an easy task, but it’s one you absolutely must undertake before you sell. On average, homes that have been carefully decluttered and cleaned sell for nearly 11% more. What’s behind an increase of this size? It’s simple. A decluttered home is neat, tidy, and often depersonalised. It’s also one in which potential buyers can imagine themselves and their families. Maybe most importantly, though, is the fact that decluttered homes naturally highlight all the best features of the property, and that matters to buyers. For example, if they can see just how big those closets are thanks to the fact that you’ve carefully gone through them and eliminated all of the excesses, they’re far more likely to rate the storage space in your house fairly high.

If you think decluttering might be the way forward for your home, the best thing you can do is get started. If you’re not sure what rooms might be the most valuable for decluttering in your home, have a chat with your estate agent. He or she can help you decide where to start so that your room looks nothing short of absolutely amazing for the next big showing.

Decluttering is a long process, but if it means a sales price of 11% more on your home, it’s worth the hassle. Best of all is the fact that you won’t have quite as much stuff for the removal company to take, so you’ll have less stuff to unpack when you reach your new destination as well, and that’s a win for everyone involved. Take a hard look at your belongings and start the decluttering process today.

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