What better time to declutter your house and start getting your home ready to sell than when you are under self-imposed quarantine! With these tips you can get it done in just 9 days which leaves 5 whole days for that puzzle and binge watch “Love is Blind” (or in my case “Santa Clarita Diet” or to give you inspiration/nightmares, watch “Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC”
4 MAIN PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE GETTING STARTED
- If you haven’t used it in 1 year, get rid of it
- If it is broken, doesn’t work, can’t be fixed and won’t be fixed, get rid of it
- If it can be replaced for under $5, get rid of it
- If it no longer brings you joy (the Marie Kondo way), get rid of it.
4 TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED
- Have a supply of clear garbage bags, totes, zip ties, zip lock bags, labels.
- Organize everything into 4 categories- Keep, donate, recycle, trash
- Gather all of the same items in one place, before you go through them. i.e. towels
- Discard first, then organize after. Store according to space, not amount of use.
DAY 1- WHOLE HOUSE- REMOVE THE OBVIOUS STUFF
- Broken furniture, appliances
- Winter clothes, boots that no one has worn for past season
- Expired or not used coupons, or appointments notices
- Stained, worn or grown out of clothes (how many pair of garden shoes do we need)
- Junk mail
DAY 2 – JUNK DRAWERS (these are all the public areas where stuff accumulates)
- Screws and hard ware you haven’t used in over a year
- Hardened crazy glue
- Scraps of paper, instructions, business cards
- Gadgets you have never used
- Magazines, booklets
DAY 3 – CUPBOARDS (kitchen and bathroom)
- Tupperware without lids
- Duplicates and triplicates of baking pans
- Empty yogurt and butter tubs
- Pots and pans that have lost their “joy” (lost their Teflon)
- Excessive dishes (how many wine glasses will you actually need…don’t answer that)
DAY 4 – PANTRY (Food storage)
- Expired or stale items
- Items you will not get around to using.
- Items you have had for over a year and have yet to use.
- Repackage and discard excess packaging
DAY 5 – BEDROOM DRAWERS
- Unmatched socks, unmatched socks, unmatched socks
- Stained clothing, in need of repair
- Clothes that you haven’t brought you ‘joy’ in over a year
- Items that have been outgrown
DAY 6 – CLOSETS
- Clothes or shoes that have never quite fit right or not comfortable
- Stained or worn items
- Not worn in over a year
- Things that don’t belong there i.e. sports equipment
DAY 7 – BEDROOMS
- Broken furniture or can’t be fixed
- Excessive Knick knacks or collections that no longer bring you joy
- Unmatched, or broken jewelry
- Stained or worn pillows or bedding
- Things from under bed that don’t belong there
DAY 8 – SPECIALTY ROOMS
- Broken toys or things that can’t be repaired anytime soon
- Remove items that don’t fit the purpose of the room
- Go through and sort papers, receipts even if they don’t give you ‘joy’
- Have items that you use often close at hand.
DAY 9 – GARAGE and ATTIC
- Multiple mementos- Does the monogramed match book from you cousin Holly’s wedding still being you joy?
- Seasonal sports gear that hasn’t seen any action in years
- Broken furniture, tools and equipment
- Outgrown toys
- Left over building supplies that hadn’t been used in years
- Empty paint cans or hazardous waste
Decluttering your house is a major step in getting your home ready to sell. It will help to make a great first impression on buyers who come to view, but it will also make your home seem bigger and more spacious. Decluttering your house before your list, also shows the potential buyer that your are serious about selling, that you have taken care of your home and it will help to keep the buyer viewing your home focused on features of the house not on your knick knacks or personal items.
For a little more decluttering inspiration watch the guru herself Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method