Boca Raton Home Staging- 7 Tips to Help You Declutter Your Home.

Boca Raton Home Staging- 7 Tips to Help You “Declutter” You Home.

When I’m providing a Staging Consultation for a client one of the first questions they have for me is where do I put everything you’re telling me to get rid of? Trying to sell your home, whether you’re in Boca Raton, Delray Beach or Boynton, can be stressful. And, while you’re trying to sell your home and work and take care of your family, now you’re told to edit or declutter your home.

That’s easy to say but how? You’re still living there; where do you put everything? I’ve listed 7 tips to help you declutter your home. Most will cost you nothing more than your time and energy.

7 Tips to Help You Declutter Your Home:

1. Grab some heavy duty trash bags and start throwing things out.
Start with one room and move from room to room. For example, how many cleaning supplies tomoving boxes you really use? Cleansers you’ve tried but no longer use can be thrown out or given to someone else. If you’re using a Professional Moving Company many items are not allowed on the van so now is the time to do some editing.
Outdated magazines; expired food products in the pantry; and anything else that would be a good candidate for a trash bag… toss it now.

2. Donate it!
As you go through your home and see items that you no longer want or need but are still useful to others consider donating them to Goodwill or Faith Farm, for example. If you’re one of the many people who just can’t part with anything, look at it this way. By donating it you’ll be helping someone who really can use the item.

3. Pack it up!
You’re going to be packing and moving when your house sells so why not start now. If, for example, it’s summer where you are, pack up your winter clothes. How many books are you going to read between now and when you move? Pack them up.
Moving is hard on children and it’s understandable that you’d want to have their toys around but take a step back. Do they play with all of the toys all of the time. And, face it, some toys are never touched anymore. Start packing.
TIP: You can keep your eyes open on Craigslist for free or inexpensive moving boxes from people who have just moved. They will often have wardrobe boxes, moving paper and special boxes for your art.

4. Store it!
I wouldn’t recommend getting a POD and placing it in your driveway. Think about what that would do to your curb appeal. And people do look in garages, so placing it all in your garage is not a good idea either.
You can ask family members if they have some extra storage space but renting offsite storage is a good option and you can rent month to month. Prices range from from under $100 a month.

5. Sell it!
There may be some items you can sell, either on eBay or Craigslist. And there are some consignment shops that may sell your items. You can actually make some money, which will help you in your move.

house sold6. Hide it!
No, don’t bury it in your back yard, but there are some items that you need while you’re still living there so you won’t be able to pack them up. Your toiletries can be placed in a small plastic bin and placed under your sink. Papers you need don’t need to be out for the eyes of others but you still need them. Target, Home Goods, Michael’s.. all have attractive file holders and bins for organizing your things.

7. Distribute it!
If you’re planning on giving some of your treasures to your children or whomever, why not do this now. If you’re not going to be using them in your new home, why pay to move them? I had a client with an extensive collection of crystal, china and other items that she no longer used or wanted. She laid them out on her dining room table, had her children over and said take what you want now otherwise it’s going.

Remember… Buyers need to see your space, that’s
what they’re buying. Get a head start now
and take the stress out of selling your home.