NH Home Staging FAQ - What Exactly Is Clutter?
No checklist for preparing a home for sale would be complete without including the term "declutter."
It's got to be the most frequently used term in real estate staging.
Knowing that you have to declutter is only helpful if you know how to declutter. Uncertainty leaves you questioning where to begin and feeling overwhelmed.
The problem: Your definition, your agent's definition, and a home stager's definition of "declutter" are probably all the same: "to remove excess and disorder." However, what each of us deems as clutter, how each of us would actually approach the task of decluttering, and what the end results would be, are very different.
Unless you are a professional home stager, or organization specialist, your approach will most likely result in frustration and avoidance, neither of which is going to get your house sold.
Simply put, "clutter" is noise to the eyes.
When you walk into a room and there are too many colors and too many small objects scattered about and your eyes just can't take it all in....that's clutter.
Too many small pictures hanging on a wall, lots of small appliances, plants, cookbooks and pottery on the counters, too many knick knacks on the shelves...lions and tigers and bears OH MY!
If it's too loud for your eyes...it's clutter!
The fastest, most efficient way to identify and resolve clutter is to schedule a home staging consult and have a professional tell you exactly what needs to go. Having that information will save you valuable time and greatly reduce your stress.
You can even avoid the work by hiring the stager to do it for you!