Planning to sell your home in Davie? It really doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in your home for five years or 25 years, when you look around, you probably see it – clutter.
If you’re like most people, you have clutter that needs to go before you start showing your Davie home for sale. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to remove disorderly assemblages without driving yourself crazy.
Understand the Difference between Decluttering and Organizing
When you declutter, your goal is to remove the clutter you don’t need. When you organize, your goal is to find places to put everything that isn’t clutter. It’s a big mistake to try to do both things at once.
It’s a mistake because you’ll end up keeping things you don’t really need just because you have a place to put them. And, you’ll probably acquire more storage containers than you need because some of the clutter won’t need to be saved. Always declutter first, then organize!
Declutter One Room or Area at a Time
Don’t try to work on an entire home at once – you’ll get distracted and overwhelmed. Focus on clearing the clutter from one room at a time.
Make a Decision about Each Item You Touch (or look at)
One easy way to accomplish this is to create three sorting boxes or storage bins, labelled Keep, Let Go of It, and Storage.
As you declutter each room, sort the things you find into one of those three boxes as you review each item. The items in the Keep box need to be placed in the space in an organized fashion. For the items in the Let Go of It box, you can throw them away, recycle, donate, or have a garage sale to get rid of them. Put the items in the Storage box into a permanent storage container with a written inventory before putting the containers in your storage area.
Give Away Clothes You Don’t Wear
This is a great idea, but it can be difficult to do. One decluttering expert suggests this test. Turn all your clothes hangars “backwards.” When you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hangar facing in the correct position. After a few months, take a look at all the clothes that are on hangars facing backward. The odds are you can give those clothes away.
People don’t declutter successfully for a number of reasons, most of which are emotional. To fight the urge to backslide:
- Don’t think about the money you spent on an unused item; if it isn’t going to be useful in the future, bite the bullet and let it go.
- If you don’t remember you had an item, you aren’t going to use it in the future, no matter how useful it looks, so donate it or put it in a yard sale.
- When you find useless, broken, outdated or unusable stuff, don’t make plans to suddenly use it or fix it – put it in the Let Go of It box. Otherwise, it just becomes new clutter!
- Take action – once you have put things in a Storage or Let Go of It box, take that action immediately. The longer those items hang around your home, the more likely it is that they’ll turn into new clutter.
Getting ready to move is always a challenge. But, think of it this way: Your home will sell much faster and for a higher price once you’ve taken the time to declutter. If you need help, there are professionals who can assist you in getting your home ready to sell.
If you’re thinking of selling, you can also turn to the local experts on Teri’s Real Estate Team. Give us a call at 954-242-8030 or contact us online. We can help you ensure that your Davie home for sale is ready to show, and make sure that your Davie real estate transaction is a successful one.