Storage Sells - How To Make Your Closets Look Bigger

Real Estate Agent with Central Metro Realty 568764


You're getting ready to put your home on the market and your agent says the words you've been dreading - you need to declutter in order to make your home look bigger. This is one time where throwing every thing in your closet won't work because buyers open every closet and cupboard, so don't go shoving your sweaters in the drawer below the stove. I have an almost painless way to de-clutter your closets.

1. Sort

The first step is to take everything out of your closet, one item at a time. As you grab the item, put it in one of five piles, "Keep", "Donate", "Trash", "Out of Season", "Belongs some where else". Remember don't over think this, immediately place it in the right pile.

2. Disperse

First place the donate and trash items in bags or boxes and take them to your car or the trash can immediately. Next, box up your out of season items, these will need to go to short term storage. In this instance, out of season is anything you won't use during the time your home is on the market, scrap books, cookie cutters and roasting pans are examples of things I would call out of season for a spring/summer move. Consider having a pod brought in because your pod can be stored and then moved to your new home when you are ready for it. Now you're left with your "Keep" stack. I want you to go through this pile one more time and make sure it is worthy of a place in your closet, if you can't remember the last time you used an item or wore it but you're not ready to get rid of it put it in a box with today's date, seal it up and send it off to storage or stack it neatly in your garage. If you don't open the box in 1 month donate the box unopened. Trust me, you won't remember it and you probably won't miss it.

3. Put it All Away

For clothes and coat closets buy matching slim hangers, hang your clothing together by color and make sure everything is facing the same way. This looks great and it makes the buyer think that the closet is magical because chances are their closet doesn't look that way.  Place items back on shelves neatly, also categorized, put the stuff you use the most often in the most accessible locations, bulky stuff down low and light stuff up high. Don't overcrowd your shelves. Remember the idea is that you have so much storage space you could never fill it all up.

Final thoughts, it is alright to use clever storage pieces to make up more room. Consider boxing up some books and putting bins on the shelves to hold office supplies or other odds and ends. A storage ottoman or under bed storage bins can hold your spare shoes and free up room in the closet. Also, this is a great time to edit your toiletries, make-up, drugs and bathroom paraphernalia, I don't know why but the bathroom cabinets and vanities never seem to get cleared out and this is a room you want to shine.

Good luck on your move, although with all the extra space you now have you might want to rethink leaving.

Posted by

Tamara Elliott-Deering, Realtor, SRES

Central Metro Realty


Comments (4)

Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Tamara this blog deserves a feature, its full of great information for sellers. I see many featured blogs that in my opinion have no business being featured, this blog deserves a mention. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 16, 2016 08:35 AM
Tamara Elliott-Deering

Bob, thank you! You are always so generous, I appreciate it.

Feb 17, 2016 03:13 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tamara. This closet looks great and your tips are very nice too.

Feb 16, 2016 10:24 PM
Tamara Elliott-Deering

Thanks Sheila, the closet is one from Good Housekeeping Online but mine looks exactly like that 

Feb 17, 2016 03:13 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tamara - Great advice on how to make closets look bigger when selling a home.

Feb 17, 2016 12:52 PM
Tamara Elliott-Deering

Troy, thank you for reading I appreciate it. 

Feb 17, 2016 10:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Many of us need to do some work on our closets. This is especially good advice for home sellers.

Feb 17, 2016 10:42 PM
Tamara Elliott-Deering

Thanks for reading the blog Roy. I appreciate that you take the time to do it.

Feb 17, 2016 10:43 PM