Tips On Organizing Closets When Selling Your Home

Mortgage and Lending with Liberty Bank of Arkansas

Tips On Organizing Closets When Selling Your Home


•· Empty the entire closet. Decide where each item goes:

1. Keep

2. Donate

3. Throw away

4.  Pack away to be moved

You can pack away seasonal clothing and items not needed while your home is on the market.


•· Thoroughly clean the closet:

1.   Vacuum

2.   Clean baseboards

3.   Wipe down shelves

4.   Make sure lighting is working and the highest bulb wattage possible is used.

5.   Repaint if necessary

6.   Make any needed repairs


•·   Organize clothes according to type, color, and length.


•·   Store shoes in labeled shoe boxes or clear plastic storage boxes.


•·   Use clear plastic storage boxes to store other items needed.


•·   Use suitcases to store needed items that you want to keep out of sight.


•·   Invest in nice sturdy hangers. Make sure hangers are all going the same direction and are evenly spaced, and not overcrowded.


It is important to keep the floor clutter free. Doing so will help create visual space and will be easy to clean and maintain.

Remember buyers will be looking inside your closets and built-ins.  They are looking for storage, so let them see how much space your home has to offer.

Posted by

Donna Schoby

Mortgage Loan Officer










Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Outstanding tips, I will pass them on to my clients.  Thank You!

May 30, 2010 05:31 PM
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Thanks for the tips Donna.  Many hopeful sellers don't think about the fact that potential buyers check out their closets!  If they get them cleaned out, they'll look like their is oodles of storage space, and that's always a good thing.

May 30, 2010 05:37 PM
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Great tips to organize and clean closets - helpful in staying focused on the task.

May 30, 2010 11:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Donna- closets can be so overwhelming.  You gave a very detailed and easy plan for all of us to follow.

May 31, 2010 02:47 PM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Harry, Thanks and you're welcome!

Susan, Thank you, closets are often overlooked when preparing to sell. Buyers are looking for space!

Samantha,  Thank you!

Dan, Thank you, glad I could help!

Gary, You're welcome...and so correct!

Michele, organization starts with a plan.

May 31, 2010 02:50 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Great post, great tips! -I always suggest to pack the clothes for the seasons we are not in. This makes so much room in the closets.  

May 31, 2010 04:25 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Great tips Donna and I always mention using the suitcases to store some of the "extra" clothes.  Also just having the floor space completely clear makes the entire closet seem bigger ....

Jun 01, 2010 06:40 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

What an extremely useful blog post.  Your suggestions will no doubt help many homeowners.  Thanks for sharing this list.


Jun 01, 2010 07:55 AM
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

These are all really great tips Donna. So many people tend to forget about them when selling their home.

Jun 01, 2010 01:26 PM
Mannie Ferguson
The Staging Fashionista - Alexandria, VA

Donna - great post and very useful tips and info.  Thanx for sharing.

Jun 01, 2010 01:47 PM
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Orange County, CA

Lots of great closet organizing tips Donna. Thanks for posting them.

Jun 02, 2010 02:34 AM
Adam Malachi
A 2 Z Realty LLC - Castle Rock, CO

Great post! Excellent tips and very useful information's!

Thanks for sharing.


Jun 02, 2010 05:50 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

The closest often is where all the "stuff" ends up.. lots of good tips there and I think it is important for sellers and prospective buyers.

Jun 16, 2010 04:04 PM
Wendy Hayden
Photographer, Home Stager, ePRO - Richmond, VA
Chesterfield, Richmond & Powahatan

Great Checklist to give to buyers!  Thanks!  I was recently at a move where the home owner had moved a box of furbies from the attic in her old house to the attic in her new house!  AURGH!!!! 

Jun 16, 2010 04:07 PM
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs

Donna ~    i am going to print this and put it in my CMA presentaon if you don't mind and of course your info too.

Jun 16, 2010 04:10 PM
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hi Donna,

Great list of closet organizing tips & info to pass on!  Thank you for sharing!  I'm going to re-blog!

Jun 17, 2010 06:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good advice for home sellers and those that are trying to eliminate clutter.

 Blooming for home buyers.

Jun 18, 2010 12:36 AM
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Hey Donna, wonderful post!  I am keeping the re-blogging going!

Jun 23, 2010 03:21 AM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Thanks Tanya!

Jun 23, 2010 12:09 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Great post and you covered a lot of great tips!  Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

Nov 19, 2010 03:59 PM