Avon Lake Homes: Declutter before you sell.

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH 2006004434

Clutter control and decluttering is a necessary function of modern day living. Decluttering your home not only makes it easier to clean but has the added benefit of providing a more relaxing environment to return to after a hard days work. Yes we all gather bits and pieces as we go through life, but somewhere you have to draw the line between what is treasure and what is effectively junk.

 

Benefits Of Decluttering

A clutter free environment looks bigger and is easier to move around. A cluttered home may possibly make you feel that it is too small for you and your family and ultimately lead to your moving to bigger premises. Before you put your home up for sale, why not set about de-cluttering, it may be all you need to do.

Cleaning is so much easier if your home is clutter free. The more nic nacs you have the more dust they attract, not to mention the additional dusting and polishing required.

Decluttering may also help curb impulse spending for clothes, books, furniture, ornaments etc. perhaps making you see items as clutter therefore making them less attractive.

 

How To Declutter Your Home

 

Discard items that you no longer use

Take a pen and paper and go through your home room by room, cupboard by cupboard, into drawers,making a list of items you no longer use or in the case of ornaments, those which have no sentimental value. Try to be objective, if an item is seldom used ask yourself can you justify keeping it?Consult other members of the household about the possibility of clearing out these unused items. If they agree, then you are on your way to a clutter free home.Tidy as you go. Get into the habit and save valuable time in the long run. Five minutes or so spent clearing up after yourself is far better than having an accumulated mess that may take hours to clean

Children And Clutter

 

If you have young children get them to put away there toys after they have finished playing with them. Children who attend nursery or pre-school are always well groomed in this habit form a very young age, so there is no reason why it cannot be carried on in the home environment. Try to get your children into the habit of giving away toys they have out grown to charity shops. This will have a dual purpose as it will instil in them from a young age that other children are not as fortunate as themselves. Take control by encouraging friends and relatives purchase bonds or put money into saving accounts for the childrens future rather than buying toys and clothes when they are already plentiful.

 

Deal With Paperwork

Filing documents away will serve the dual purpose of increasing security and of de-cluttering. Get into the habit of shredding unnecessary papers on a regular bais to prevent unecessary accumulation.

Deal With Junk Mail

 

Junk mail should be sorted through as soon as it arrives and not simply stuffed in draws and on tables and work surfaces. If you allow junk mail to accumulate, you may possibly throw out important documentation when you come to dispose of it. People have been known to throw out passports, birth certificates and credit cards by accident as they've become hidden amongst the pile of junk.

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Bill Jones
Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones" - Airdrie, AB
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You Nailed It Stan!  I was just asked to list a house that had so much clutter you could not get from the front door to the kitchen and viewing the basement was impossible. i declined the listing until they de-cluttered as it would be impossible to show.

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Jan 22, 2010 04:29 PM #1
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Rick Hendershot
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Nice info. This is just about everyone's problem, and a reminder that prospective buyers are not interested in someone else's clutter is always useful.

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Stanley Stepak
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Thanks Bill and Rick for your comments.  What one agent told me was to tell the seller that you want people to remember the house and not what you kept in it. I had a client with a beer can collection and it was difficult for them to understand the reason to pack it away until I told them that .

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