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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Presentation: DE-CLUTTERING

When getting your home ready for sale, think of it in terms of finding a potential suitor.

You see, for house hunters it’s a bit like "speed dating."  If you've ever been house hunting, you can see the similarities. Your agent will take you to six or more houses in a single afternoon. Within minutes, you'll reject most of them, choosing possibly one or two properties to return to for a second look.
According to property styling experts, real estate staging is all about creating the best first impression, thus paving the way for potential buyers to fall in love. “Creating just the right atmosphere is accomplished in the overall look of your home, but it's also very much in the details. Potential buyers start to form an opinion of your house before they even walk in your front door.”
As you can see above, de-cluttering is the key in this entire process.
As with anything, getting rid of clutter can be made incredibly simple: just go through your stuff, one section, closet, drawer, or shelf at a time, and get rid of everything that isn’t absolutely essential, that you don’t love and use often.
Of course, simplifying a process like that isn’t terribly useful to many people who struggle with clutter. So, with that in mind, I present to you 15 fabulous tips for de-cluttering.
Speak to a professional storage company like Storage King. they will best advise you on your storage options if you should require storage .
 
Remember you are going to have to pack when your property sells anyway. Why not get started.  
 
Here are some great tips and Habits:
  1. De clutter for 15 minutes every day. It’s amazing how much you can get through if you just do it in small increments like this.
  2. Don’t allow things into the house in the first place. Whether you’ve begun de-cluttering the living space, or you’ve just completed it, stop bringing in new stuff NOW. Even if that’s ALL you do and don’t start de-cluttering immediately, if you can only establish one habit at a time, establish the no-more-stuff habit first. This way, when you do get to de-cluttering the existing stuff, you’ve already stopped making it worse. Think of bailing out a boat with a hole in it. You can bail and bail, but it won’t do anything for the leak. 
  3. Donate stuff you’re de-cluttering, so you don’t feel bad about wasting it.
  4. Create a goals chart with de-cluttering on it — either daily, or 3 times a week. Check off the days when you de-clutter, and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.
  5. Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room, doing the superficial stuff first – surfaces (clean out drawers, empty the bin etc. Repeat, but do more the 2nd time around – i.e. open the cupboards).
  6. Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, tidy up the next room – it’s only 3 minutes but it keeps you on top of everything (helps if you have an Englishman’s obsession with tea as well!)
  7. Use the “one in, two out” rule. The rule: whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two other items. First you cheat, by throwing out two pieces of paper, but soon you will have to move to big stuff.
  8. Clothing rule: If you haven’t worn an item in 6 months, sell or donate it.
  9. De-clutter one room (including any closets, desks, cabinets, etc.) before starting on the next one. Spending time in that room will feel *so* good, and it will be so easy to keep clean, that it will motivate you to do more!
  10. Internalise that your value is not in your “stuff”. It is just “stuff”. And realise that your value grows when you share your “stuff”. Hoarding is a selfish act.
  11. Have someone else (who you trust!) help you go through things. They don’t have the (sometimes irrational) emotional attachment that you might have, but can still recognise if something should be kept.
  12. Gift everything or have a garage sale with anything that’s at all saleable.
Make sure storage areas are neatly packed. Those clear boxes you can buy from reject shops are excellent for this purpose.
 
Use counter intelligence. Go through the house and clear off all the horizontal surfaces like kitchen and bathroom counter tops. Old magazines? Toss 'em. Nick knacks? Pack 'em. Counters need to be clear and clean.
 
To make it easy, focus on one room at a time. And remember that this process will actually assist you in the moving process when you’ve sold. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.
 
 

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