We all know that a home should be “de-cluttered” before it is put on the market — that less is more. So here are the top 10 de-cluttering tips to consider before you list your home.
10. Family photos. I don't always recommend removing photos unless they have taken over the home and are displayed on every available surface. It’s OK to show the family that lives there, but not OK when the photos get more attention than the home. Less is more.
9. Bills and other personal papers. Be sure to box them up and put them out of sight. Why would you leave that much personal information for the public to see. It is common sense, but way too often I see bills and statements sitting on a desk or the kitchen counter. Human nature being what it is, people do try to peek.
8. Money. If you have cash, cash boxes or coin jars sitting out in the open — put them away. It's just better for everyone if it's out of sight. Many times children are in the homes, and sometimes things are too tempting. As realtors, we do our best to protect your home and property, but you also need to use common sense.
7. Valuables. Jewelry, watches and other valuables items that might be worth money that you wouldn't want to lose — out of sight, out of mind. I can't tell you how many homes I've been in where the jewelry is left on the dresser. Be safe, put it away.
6. Guns and ammo. Remove them from the home prior to listing. Period.
5. Shoes and jackets. Again, less is more. Put them away in a closet. They should not be out in the open. They make it look like there is not enough storage in the house.
4. Medicine. Don't leave it on the counter, the vanity or the night stand. I know you need it, and can’t just get rid of it — so put it away.
3. All things on your kitchen counter. The cleaner you can leave the counter, the more buyers dream of being in there. Which feels more inviting: A cluttered kitchen, or a clean kitchen? Also, too many things on the counter gives the appearance that you do not have enough storage space.
2. No more junk drawers. Clean them out. Throw out the stuff you have not used in years. Box up all the notes, pens, tacks, and odds and ends and put them away.
1. Clear the front of the fridge. Take everything off, wash the front and sides. It is really refreshing to walk into a home that has a clean fridge. The kids' pictures are beautiful, but too much stuff on the fridge can be a distraction. Consider it.
I understand that you are living in the house and you need to be comfortable and at home, but these are just some basic ways to de-clutter while still living in your home.