Home Decluttering Strategies

There can really be no argument that decluttering a home prior to selling it is an utterly essential aspect of staging.

What's often much more difficult, however, is the actual decision making process of what to throw out and how best to dispose of it.

Books have been filled with the number of reasons why clutter accumulates. What's most important is a willingness to accept that it exists and to create a structured plan to deal with it.

The simple fact is that household items are often enthusiastically acquired without any thought as exactly where we can place them in the house, or we simply don't throw out things like magazines when we've read them.

Often before we even recognize it, the home has become a very untidy place. The first step is acknowledging the mess but a lot of folks find the next part very difficult or nearly impossible - being brutal about what to get rid of, when there are a plethora of attachments to certain possessions.

There's no cookie cutter solution here, but the following strategies offer a range of solutions that hopefully make the process somewhat easier to handle.

Storage facilities - If you've simply accumulated too much stuff and just cannot deal with losing some of it, or you just want to thin out your home layout, hiring an off-site storage unit of some kind (there are many options) is a perfect solution. This means that your home can return to normal and, if clutter starts to build up again at some point, you've got a ready means of dealing with it. Avoid the temptation to just keep every item - ask yourself if you really need it. It makes no sense taking up expensive storage space for no reason.

Don't try to hide clutter - If you're selling your home, never fall into the common trap of filling up one room with all your clutter. Potential buyers will want to inspect the whole house...

Family and friends - If you have an emotional attachment to items, it's sometimes a lot easier if you can give them to family or friends, knowing that they are being put to very good use by people you care for who could really use the items in question. When kids leave home, it's a fabulous time for a bit of life laundry by giving them surplus items that they are going to find useful in setting up their own place. Quite often you won't have to wait as they'll be asking you for stuff they've noticed you don't use well in advance, of course.

Donations - Another great way of achieving peace of mind when slimming down your possessions is to donate them to your favorite charity or perhaps to a school money raising event. This ensures that the tough decisions you've made are going to really help someone.

Table/garage sales - These types of impromptu sales are so popular and a fantastic way of getting rid of unwanted things and earning some pocket money at the same time.

Blog shops/Craigslist - Facebook blog shops offer a fantastic way to advertise items for sale to a much wider audience and, even better, this is free! Craigslist is everywhere is and another very common way to promote unwanted things at no cost.

Auctions - Your clutter may include valuable and collectible items that are worth a tidy sum of money. To get the best price for these, one of the best ways is to auction them. This can be through online outlets such as Ebay or local auctioneers. It's well worth checking online, or by talking with an expert, to see if things have a value if you're unsure. A great example here is a collection of old vinyl records that are in great, unspoilt condition. Some records literally now sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the artist and rarity. You can get some idea of value by going to discogs.com, which will give you a history of what price each of your records are achieving on the site (you can also sell them via Discogs). Condition is everything, however.

Recycling - We've left it until last, because if any of the above options aren't viable, here's where you can simply lose your clutter and instantly feel better by recycling it. Click here to find out about The City of Coronado's waste management and recycling programs.

We hope that you find at least some of the above tips useful. As ever, please don't hesitate to reach out to us on 619-886-0175, if you have any questions or concerns related to real estate.

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