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Selling Your Home? Declutter First!


If you are trying to sell your home, there’s no doubt one of the things you’ve heard most frequently is the importance of decluttering. Not only will decluttering help you sell your home faster, there is a good chance you’ll be able to sell for a higher price, as well! An added bonus? It actually makes packing and moving much easier!

To get started, use these easy to follow decluttering tips and tricks!


The Bedroom:
In the bedroom, use simple bedding that stagingdecluttering_bedroommatches your wall color. Remove any personal items or clutter in the room. Appeal to both sexes by choosing a neutral paint color for the master bedroom. Using a gender neutral paint color allows you to immediately cast a wider net for your buyers, speeding up the sale.

The Kitchen:
In the kitchen, you can paint your outdated stagingdecluttering_kitchencabinets, rather than replacing them. Or try installing new hardware—this simple switch can have a big impact. Remove any appliances or knick knacks cluttering the countertop, and your kitchen will immediately look more spacious.

The Living Room:
In the living room or other common areas, stagingdecluttering_livingroomdo a sweep to remove any clutter. Open the shades or the blinds, allowing natural light to make your room appear more airy and spacious. If your room is small, consider painting the room in a light color, and strategically hang mirrors across from the windows.

The Bathrooms: stagingdecluttering_bathroom
In bathrooms, consider packing up any drugs or medicines that aren’t regularly used. Find a new home for any stray jewelry or extra toiletry items. Remove any stains from the grout, and make sure all plumbing is in good working order.

The Closet:
Potential home buyers will be checking out stagingdecluttering_closetsyour closets, an often overlooked area. Make sure your closets are not too full, or you run the risk of buyers thinking they won’t have enough storage space—a huge red flag in their home search. Make sure everything is organized and tidy.

The Garage:
The garage is another area important to stagingdecluttering_garagepotential buyers. Clear any clutter and make sure everything is put away in its place. Try hanging larger items on the wall, opening up the floor space. Remove any bins or items to be donated, making your space appear larger.

The Personal Items:
While you’re at it, go ahead and start stagingdecluttering_personalpacking up any personal items, such as family photos, memorabilia, or toys you don’t need in order to create a more neutral and decluttered space. This one is a no-brainer—it not only declutters your home but also gives you a great head start on your own packing.


Follow these simple tips, and you’ll have your home decluttered to sell in no time! And, for more spring cleaning tips and tricks, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/spring.