Best Way to Declutter Your Home is to Move!

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Best Way to Declutter Your Home is to Move!

As a REALTOR®, it’s exciting to help buyers find their home and sellers to sell but when it comes to moving my own home..not so exciting!
I was comfortable living in a 4000sq ft home on acreage and without realizing, I filled it up with “stuff”. I’m not a fan of little knick knacks so it wasn’t so much of the little stuff but the five sets of china, sets of glasses for wine, martinis(I don’t even drink them), blenders, two mini refrigerators..who needs two of them? They weren't even plugged in! Two coffee makers..just in case something happens to one, I wouldn’t be without coffee..ohh the yoga mats and the props..if you saw how much of it I had, you would’ve thought I was planning on opening a yoga studio. Buster(my cat) was ready to go!

I had been waiting for a home in a certain area of Clermont but while waiting, I had an amazing opportunity to downsize a bit into a 2000sq ft home which forced me to declutter my home. Not only I had my own junk to go through but my son who now lives in Las Vegas also left tons of stuff to sort through and since he’s not here, I had to just box up some of his belongings to store them in my home.

We all think we’re going to live in our homes forever but does that really happen? My advice to all homeowners is to declutter at least every three months so it’s easier when you do decide to sell your home. Not only it will show well but moving will be easier as well.
When buyers walk through your front door, let them feel at home, let them picture themselves living in your house enough to make an offer. How do you make buyers come through the front door in the first place?

CURB APPEAL! I’m not a landscaper nor do I have a green thumb so I hire a professional landscaper to do the job. Go on Pinterest to get some ideas, speak to a couple of landscapers and get quotes but whatever you do, do not neglect the exterior of your home as it is an invitation to potential buyers.

When you’re ready to list your home for sale, hire a professional Home Stager, money well spent! When I was ready to sell, I did just that and the home showed so well that the new owners wanted all the furniture. That was fine for me, a reason to go shopping. Still waiting on some rugs, bedroom set and couches to be delivered..ohh..and the washer/dryer. All that will happen on the 15th. I have a closing on that day as well as a final walk-through with tenants but I will somehow manage it all. Starbucks to the rescue!

Are you thinking about selling your home? Do yourselves a favor today and begin decluttering room-by-room, every closet, every shelf, every drawer and get rid off what no longer serves you. Then, find a local, knowledgeable REALTOR® to assist you with the sale of your house. If you are in Clermont, Minneola, Groveland, Winter Garden areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with you. Call or text me at 407-929-1852, email or visit

Best Way to Declutter Your Home is to Move!



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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Oh boy - sounds like you have had your hands full.  Moving does force us to take inventory of our stuff.  Enough is enough!

Jun 12, 2017 01:47 PM #15
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Beth Atalay,

Excellent advice for sellers and glad to see you take your own advice!!

Jun 12, 2017 03:21 PM #16
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Beth --- can you see me nodding in agreement?  Your post is spot on.  

Jun 12, 2017 04:06 PM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Excellent tips for those getting ready for a move, Beth.  Moves are an excellent opportunity to rid ourselves of things we have hung onto far too long.

Jun 12, 2017 04:55 PM #18
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Beth, we are on the same page I literally just did the same thing you did except we're renting for a couple years but, the downsizing is exactly the same. Goodness where does all the "stuff" come from?! You're right, moving will activate de-cluttering =) Hope you're getting all settled in. 

Jun 12, 2017 05:51 PM #19
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We have so many military buyers in our area that they say they clean out every 3-4 years when they move. The stuff accumulates and overwhelms us in no time.

Jun 12, 2017 06:04 PM #20
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again you have written another stellar post.  I keep getting amazed at how we keep accumulating, and we keep decluttering.  A

Jun 12, 2017 09:08 PM #21
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

By the way,  this post should have been featured!  Carol Williams here is a suggestion for second chance Saturday.  A

Jun 12, 2017 09:10 PM #22
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love the post. Thank you for the great tips. Have a good day

Jun 13, 2017 01:57 AM #23
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Beth.  Wishing you years of happiness in your new home.  And, then you can start the de-clutter process all over again.  

Jun 13, 2017 05:48 AM #24
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     A feature-worthy post that is packed full of advice, but with a Title that is short and to the point!

      Best to you in your new home... and to your son in Las Vegas!

Jun 13, 2017 06:02 AM #25
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Beth, nothing like a personal experience to give us share-worthy material for our clients! I have found over the years that from moving so much, I have it down to an art. My sharpie is hanging around my neck at the ready for writing on boxes and organizing! Storage is a big deal for us in the moving mindset, too. Especially if you are downsizing, but don't have the time or inclination to sell everything then and there, OR you have a son that may want his "stuff" down the line! 

Glad for you, but whew, the 15th will be another BUSY day for you!

Jun 13, 2017 07:28 AM #26
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I try to live with the motto nothing comes into the house unless something goes out. When we moved to Sacramento from Minneapolis, I hauled off carload after carload of stuff to charities. We left a 3-story Victorian with a basement to move into a smaller California ranch.

Ha, after I got to Sacramento, I still had to rent a 30-ton dumpster for the rest of it.

Hope your move in goes well, Beth!

Jun 13, 2017 07:58 AM #27
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Beth, that is a good way to declutter. Walt and I moved from two houses with a total of about 4300 square feet to a house that is about 2500.  We were forced to get rid of a lot of things.

Jun 13, 2017 06:46 PM #28
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Beth, I am going to make sure my wife doesn't read your blog, next thing I know my house will be for sale. Less is more.

Jun 13, 2017 07:53 PM #29
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Good for you, Beth. Moving is certainly a good time to make it happen. Sadly, we did not when we consolidated 2 houses into one other than modestly, and even with 2 more moves we still have a lot to get rid of, including stuff from our kids who have no room.


Jun 13, 2017 10:14 PM #30
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A great recipe for success Beth, Congratulations on the sale!

I am sure you will enjoy the new clutter free home.


Jun 15, 2017 07:22 PM #31
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great personal post and Buster looks very comfy as he is. Congrats on the move hope it all went smoothly.

Jun 16, 2017 11:36 AM #32
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

Hello Beth -- stuff accumulates, even for someone like me who doesn't often shop or buy knick knacks. I'm definitely happier living with less, and our 2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1100 sq.ft. condo is ideal for my husband and me. 

Your post reminds me it's time for me to purge my closet. Maybe I'll tackle that today since I have no open house to host!


Jun 18, 2017 06:06 AM #33
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

A good decluttering now and then is good for the soul....moving or not!

Jun 20, 2017 05:51 AM #34
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