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Decluttering Tips for Preparing your House for Sale

Decluttering preparing to sell

Decluttering every so often is an important job for all the homeowners, but if you decide to sell it can become more pressing. So before you sell your house decluttering is a must-do.
 
Getting Your House organized in preparation to sell and to eventually move makes sense for so many reasons.
Decluttering for selling may well mean that you need to pack away items that you don't need until after the move, in order to make more space in the house.
 
If you started the packing and sorting process ahead of time, then you will be in a really good position to finish packing when the time comes and it will be so much less overwhelming.
 

Declutter the Hallway

Hallways are generally narrow and can easily get overwhelmed with stuff. As the entrance to your home, they are one of the first areas to make an impression.

Decluttering the hallway will ensure yours does just that and it will make the space look wider. 

1) Sort through coats, accessories, and shoes that are usually kept here and let go of any you no longer need or want.

2)Tidy up paperwork: Piles of letters or flyers in the hallway are off-putting, so remove them and have a system for when letters come through the door. You may want to invest in a letter holder in the hallway.

Declutter the Livingroom

The Livingroom needs to look welcoming, the prospective buyers need to imagine themselves unwinding there but it needs to feel spacious, too. 
Here's what to pare back:

1) Get rid of excess furniture:
One of the quickest wins when decluttering your house is to get rid of excess furniture. A couple of pieces that are not needed will instantly make rooms feel more spacious and the positive features of the room more obvious.

2) Remove oversized pieces
You may have a large coffee table or gym equipment in a small living room or an ottoman in a small bedroom. Consider whether you need it on display or whether it could be sold, donated, or stored elsewhere where the house is on the market.

Depersonalize

As beautiful as your wedding photos or pictures of your kids are, take them down. By decluttering photos on the walls and shelves, you de-personalize your home which means prospective buyers can visualize your home as their"s.

This is a good opportunity for you to decide whether any sentimental items should be stored in a memory box instead.
You may need to rearrange shelves where photos have been so play around with the space but remember to keep it simple and symmetrical, where possible.