Depersonalizing a home for sale is a common strategy that most home sellers have either read about or seen promoted on HGTV. There are certain aspects of depersonalizing that matter & others that simply do not. To me, depersonalizing a home means to quite simply, create and offer an appeal to the masses that will ultimately generate a sale - the main objective.
Your averaged seasoned Realtor has been in lilterally thousands of homes. I can tell you with certainty that when a home sellers decor becomes the focal point of the showing there's a serious problem.
No seller should have their wall/interior overwhelmed with personal items. If you love you some you, that's fine, but there shouldn't be 50 pictures of you in evening wear displayed for everyone to see. There should be no giant oil paintings of you and your boyfriend above the bed in the master suite, especially if you're in evening wear. Relax the selfie motif. Chill with the "look at me stuff." I still remember walking into a house a few years ago and seeing a huge life-size portrait of the home sellers painted on their walls. The husband was holding a sword and the wife was holding a shield. These people were serious about themselves. I can't imagine what was going through their minds when they decided to list their home for sale.
Religion is a big deal, but a dedicated prayer room should be modified to not takeaway from the home itself. If you're in love with crosses, that's fine, but they shouldn't dominate the house. I consider myself a believer in God, but I don't think the good man upstairs would be upset if I had 7 crosses up instead of say, 50. I also don't believe God is going to curse the sale if start packing and preparing "for a move." It's a justifiable reason to not worry.
If you're an avid sports fanatic, that's cool too. Nobody wants to see a life size statue of Joe Frazier by the front door along with dozens and dozens of posters, memorabilia or anything else that's over the top. The same goes for all the low budget and horrific stuffed animals you killed 22 years ago. If an eye ball is missing TAKE IT DOWN. A stuffed bobcat jumping in the air that's missing a foot and a nose is not a pleasant site. It's horrible. You're moving! Take it all down.
Depersonalizing isn't just about removing self-portraits. It's about common sense. You're moving, so start packing. Your home isn't a museum of your brain, it's not a commodity that needs to be sold. You'll need to dial back your pride and put your product in the best light for a solid sale that will yield you the most amount of money in the least amount of time.