Whether you are selling or just tackling spring cleaning, decluttering your environment always feels refreshing. Psychology today makes a valid argument that clutter causes stress in this great article, Why Mess Causes Stress, 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies

Why declutter your home before putting it on market?

  1. If your home has too much clutter, home buyers will only remember your stuff and not the house.
  2. Home buyers are hoping that their new home will solve their own clutter problems. A cluttered home conveys a message of not having enough room for everything and will turn prospective buyers away.
  3. A cluttered home steals the vision from your buyers. If you have too many personal belongings in your home while it’s being shown, the buyers will have a hard time imagining their own belongings there. The buyer’s vision is one of your most powerful tool in selling your home.

Houzz offers some easy decluttering ideas you can tackle in 15 minutes or less.

Still feeling overwhelmed? Try these tips:

  1. Start by contemplating your clutter and make a list of the various categories of items.
  2. Once you have a list, decide how much room you need for each category.
    • For example if your list has hats and scarves, you may decided you need a shelf in a closet for these items. Or if it’s magazines and newspapers, that might fit in a basket you can keep by your sofa.
    • Don’t worry about where everything will go when you make this list, you can do that later.
  3. Now you can go to work determining if you have any space in your garage, closets, etc where you can better utilize the space. As you find spaces that work, make a note on your list. If you are lucky, you’ll find a spot for everything, if not, now you’ll need to decide if you want to get rid of any items or pay for storage outside of your home.
  4. The last step in the process is very important, make a label for every area. Labels help you remember where things go until you create the new habit. If you have family members, make sure they know where things are and point out that the labels will help them remember, too.

Of course, if you’re not a DIY-er you may consider hiring a professional organizer. We can help with that, download our complimentary HomeKeepr app today to get access to our preferred network of King County Professionals.