October 21, 2009 | 75 Comments

Before you put your home on the market it’s a good idea to get organized and to declutter. Decluttering can save you money because you won’t be paying someone else to move or store those items. “With most homes, you could get rid of 30% of its contents and never miss it for a second” says Debra Gould, aka The Staging Diva. One family Gould worked with got rid of 6,000 pounds of clutter that they didn’t have to pay to move. MSN Real Estate has some great decluttering tips:

  • Have a Plan-don’t try to tackle the entire home on one weekend. Sit down and block out time in 2-3 hour increments a couple of months before you put the house on the market.
  • Choose 6 or 8 areas to start with and leave any sentimental pieces til the end or your efforts will quickly lose steam.
  • Try to remove anything that takes up too much space or detracts from the showing of your house.
  • Ask yourself these questions when purging items:
  1. Do I need it?
  2. When was the last time I used it?
  3. Will I miss it and can it be replaced?
  4. Does this item need repairs?
  5. Does it save me money?
  6. What is the item’s expiration date?
  7. Does keeping it allow me to live the kind of life I want to lead?

Ultimately, you want to be left with only things that you love in your home. It’s a new beginning and you don’t want to spend all of your time unloading stuff you don’t like. Think of decluttering as a way to simplify your life and future.

Embrace who you are-without all the stuff!



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