One of the most common suggestions Realtors give Home sellers is to "declutter/depersonalize".
Some of the more common phrases used are: "It will make the room look larger, " "Buyers want to envision their families there, not yours" "With all the knick knacks and collectibles, it appears you dont have enough storage"
This is a not always true..
While lots of Living space clutter is sometimes difficult to see past, its seldom a reason the home doesnt sell... more buyers are turned off by closets /cabinets and overstuffed garages..
When a Seller needs to declutter/depersonalize, suggest they first pack up unused items from ALL the closets, kitchen cabinets, and pots, pans and items they only use once or twice a year..
STAGE the closets as showcases !
It is very easy to explain boxes of items packed to move ( after all the home is for sale!)
Stack neatly against one wall in the garage.. Or if they have one room they arent using, have them rent a small storage unit ....
Buyers look in every closet in every room. They look in every cabinet, envisioning if their belongings will fit. I have yet to hear a buyer tell me the home has too much storage space!
Declutter yes, but work behind the scenes first!