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Killer Tips For Decluttering Your House

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The Steps to Getting Rid of Clutter in a Home

When preparing to sell, having a cluttered home could mean finding a buyer is more complicated. Decluttering a home needn’t be difficult if you have few possessions.

But if you have lived in the property for many years, there’s a good chance you’ll have a lot more clutter around the home.

Many of us are guilty of hoarding many things that we shouldn't. It happens.

If you have more time, you can spread your decluttering; otherwise, you might need to set aside a day or weekend to focus on dealing with the clutter.

Sorting one room at a time can allow you to break up the task and make it less daunting.

Preparing your home for sale is easier if you plan, and a decluttering checklist will help get things in order quickly. Also, having bins allowing you to sort items you want to get rid of will save you time. Have a bin for items that can be recycled, donated, sold, or kept, and a trash bin for everything else.

Let’s look at some of the more essential areas of the home to declutter:

The Bathrooms

Your medicine cabinet is an excellent place to start. You’re likely to have out-of-date medicines and other products you no longer use that should be thrown away. The remaining items can be returned to the cabinet, leaving you with less to pack when you’re preparing to move.

Sort through any drawers, throwing away what isn’t needed. There should now be space for items not usually stored in the cabinet or drawers to reduce clutter.

The Bedrooms

Making sure the bedrooms are decluttered includes tidying clothes and putting them away or in the laundry. The bed should be made and the nightstand cleared of most things. If you have family photos, they need to be put in a drawer.

Items on the top of dressers and chests need to be sorted. Throw away the items you don’t need and find a place in drawers or closets for everything else.

Tackle each drawer one at a time. Remove everything, and you will likely find clothes you’d forgotten about. The clothes you don’t want can be donated, and the stuff you want to keep can be organized and placed back in drawers.

The Closets

Decluttering your closets is easier when you divide your clothes by type. When sorting the same type of clothes, it’s easier to see what you still use and the items you can get rid of.

You can sort your clothes into piles of items to keep, throw away, and launder. When returning clothes to the closet, you should organize similar items together.

The Kitchen

The kitchen can be one of the more difficult rooms to declutter. With the kitchen storing many items, sorting through everything can take longer.

Declutter the kitchen by focusing on one type of item at a time or sections of the room. Empty each drawer or cabinet, and throw away things you don’t want. Sort and return items to the most suitable places in the kitchen.

Clutter on countertops needs to be cleared. Try to store most of the things in drawers or cabinets so that the countertops remain as clutter-free as possible.

The Living Room

Living rooms can be challenging to keep decluttered. They are used all the time, and they often lack storage space.

Designate a place to store commonly used items. Things like remotes, books, and magazines should be removed to keep the clutter to a minimum.

The coffee table, bookcases, entertainment center, and other furniture items should be tackled individually. Sort items to keep, throw away, and donate.

Regularly decluttering this room is more critical as it’s likely to need it more than other rooms.

The Entryway

While it could be overlooked, the entry to your home must also be decluttered. It will be the first room potential buyers see when entering your home, and it needs to be clear of clutter to create the right impression.

Deal with each area of the entryway, in turn sorting and ordering items. Put away as much stuff as possible to keep the clutter to a minimum.

How to Get Rid of Clutter?

If you have sorted the stuff you don’t need into bins, it will be easier to dispose of it. Being familiar with the rules in your local municipality will help ensure you take the right items to the recycling center.

Hiring a dumpster will make things easier if you know you’ll eliminate a lot of trash. Some folks hire a junk removal company like 1-800-Got-Junk when they would rather have a professional take care of it.

You can donate to a charitable organization for stuff that is in a good condition but no longer want. They will often collect from your home, and you can arrange this online.

Some companies even specialize in taking your furniture as donations.

You could even hold a yard sale or post items online to make a little money to help with your move.

Final Thoughts

Removing the clutter from your home can make your life more manageable. It will make it far more saleable when it comes time to sell your home. Buyers will be able to picture themselves living in the property far easier.

In the long run, the effort you put into minimalization will be well worth it.

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With three decades of experience, Bill Gassett is an authority in the real estate sector. Bill writes informative articles for numerous prestigious real estate sites to help buyers, sellers, and fellow real estate agents. His work has been featured on RIS Media, the National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, Realty Biz News, Credit Sesame, and his own authority resource, Maximum Real Estate Exposure. Reach out to Bill Gassett for his real estate, mortgage, and financial expertise.


Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bill and thank you a interesting and great advice on decluttering that we can all do.  Make it a great day!


Jan 13, 2023 09:10 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Years of accumulation can be hard to throw out, but the easiest way is to take the Band-Aid approach and just toss it.

Jan 13, 2023 10:01 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Since they plan to move it may be suggested to move many of your items to storage so you home shows in a better light.  Buyers need to see themselves in the space. Show them you are ready to accept their offer today.  Good to hear from you Bill Gassett 

Jan 13, 2023 12:44 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Thanks for the comments guys - much appreciated!

Jan 13, 2023 01:38 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We constantly battle with this issue . We no sooner thin out only to have new stuff quickly take it’s place

Jan 13, 2023 04:45 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jan 14, 2023 03:02 AM