Why Do I Keep All This Stuff? Decluttering For This Agent

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Premier Properties

I am downsizing my office and moving from the huge suite to the smaller, much smaller, office down the hall.  As I pack up the stuff I have accumulated over a 20 year career in real estate, I am finding out exactly why my sellers tell me, "If you only knew how hard it was to pack all that stuff away,"  "We only made 20 trips to the dump," "We took 5 truck loads of stuff to Good Will."   

OK, I'll admit it -- I like to keep stuff.  Is there a reason I have to keep a computer that hasn't been turned on in over 2 years?  Nope, it's out of here.  Those post cards that were going to make me a bunch of money---from 6 years ago.  Nope, in the recycle bin.  Remember those VHS tapes we would leave our sellers...they keep giving them back and they always say the same thing, "We didn't even watch it, but we thought you could use it on your next appointment."  I think maybe I only heard that about 5 times and then decided maybe they weren't such a good idea...but they always seemed to keep the microwave popcorn.  400 seed packets with my personal information on them...summer is here now, guess those will keep until next spring.    

This is getting easier and easier...why didn't I do this a long time ago?  I'm feeling better about my space...the new space that is.  The suite now is just overwhelming -- I'm lost in it.  Re-thinking things through, re-focusing on what is important, making sure everything has its place, including me.  I think I am going to be looking forward to another 20 years of real estate.  (Did I really just say that?)

Craig    Craig Alexander, Weichert, Realtors, 824 John Marshall Hwy, Front Royal, VA  22630

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Comments (13)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love decluttering, at first it seems hard to make a decision, and then it just flows.  It feels real good to simplify.

Jun 15, 2010 05:36 PM
Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

I am just changing brokers after five years, and I am not a saver, but I still had a lot of stuff to get rid of!  Been in the same home for 20 years- dread the day I move!

Jun 15, 2010 05:36 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Craig:  It is so easy to keep all this stuff.  Hey... I bet the birds would eat those seeds.  Whaddya think.  And, in twenty more years... just think how much MORE stuff you will have salted away.  Good job cleaning out.  It's not easy.

Jun 15, 2010 05:37 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Thanks for sharing, I will start on my office tonight!

Jun 15, 2010 05:45 PM
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

I've been on a near-paperless quest for a while now.  It can be liberating.  I'm actually finally starting to reduce the amount of file space (and associated office space) that I need now that I'm generating much more in the way of electronic-only files.  :-)

Jun 15, 2010 05:51 PM
Wade Kawahara
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC - Phoenix, AZ

I'm a pack rat too.  Heaven forbid I throw away something that I could possibly use anytime in the future.

Jun 15, 2010 05:57 PM
Aaron Silverman
SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC - Charleston, SC
Improving Real Estate Experience through Education

Congrats on decluttering.  It is a painful process but necessary one.  Hopefully you can prevent the same from happening to your new office.


Jun 15, 2010 06:01 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Decluttering is very important in helping us focus on the work at hand.

Jun 15, 2010 06:16 PM
Christie Lane Craven
Blackwell Real Estate - Odenton, MD
Your Anne Arundel County Agent


I held an intervention on my office a couple of months ago (finding old headshots of Al from atleast ten + years ago were good for a grin!)  Some how new stuff has started to work back in in it's place!  Also, FYI... some seeds have a shelf life, especially depending on how they are stored. Just something to keep in mind!

Jun 15, 2010 06:24 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi Craig - Clearing away the old and creating all of that space is liberating and inspiring. And I'll bet you'll fight a little harder to keep it this way this time.

Jun 15, 2010 06:30 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Good idea -- clear it out and make room for more good ideas.

Jun 15, 2010 07:04 PM
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Oh no -- the dreaded thing called "de-cluttering!"  De-cluttering is great advise for our clients and very true that it can improve the saleability of a house.  But, I sure can get on a guilt trip after strongly encouraging this in a clients home and than coming home and looking at mine!!  I swear I try to get rid of "stuff" but it's like an illness and seems to repopulate with no noticeable difference in what was gotten rid of.  On occasions I will go on real attacks and shred and shred, give away, throw out and out and out -- the feeling of euphoria is great and like a weight is lifted!  Gosh, why do we torture ourselves like this!

Sue of Robin and Sue

Jun 15, 2010 07:09 PM
Tom Priester
Paradise Sharks - Jupiter, FL
Paradise Sharks

Now you know how your clients feel indeed. We all need to heed our own advice on this subject.


Jun 15, 2010 07:42 PM