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If you are considering selling your home, you may want to see a Realtor’s seven great tips to declutter your home!

Today O’Connell and Company, our Divorce Squad experts in real estate, are here to share tips to declutter your home in preparation for selling it – something that is super valuable whether you are divorcing or not!

Selling your home can be an exciting but overwhelming process, especially when it comes to decluttering. With years of experience, we’ve seen firsthand how a clutter-free home can make a significant difference in attracting potential buyers.

To help you ease into the decluttering process, here are some practical tips that won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed.

1. Start Small: Begin with a single room or even a specific area within a room. Tackling the entire house at once might seem like a daunting task. By starting small, you can make steady progress without feeling stressed. Consider beginning with the room that potential buyers are likely to see first, such as the entryway or living room.

2. The Three-Box Method: Grab three boxes or bins labeled “Keep,” “Donate/Sell,” and “Trash.” As you go through each item, decide which category it belongs to. This method not only helps you declutter but also makes it easier to organize your belongings.

3. Be Ruthless with Clothes: Closets and dressers tend to accumulate a lot of unused clothing. Take a critical look at your wardrobe and donate or sell items you haven’t worn in the past year. This not only frees up space but also gives the impression of larger storage areas to potential buyers.

4. Streamline Furniture: Consider the layout of each room and identify any furniture that may be excessive or doesn’t serve a practical purpose. Streamlining your furniture not only makes rooms appear more spacious but also helps buyers envision their own furniture in the space.

5. Clear Countertops and Surfaces: Buyers want to see the potential of each room, and cluttered surfaces can distract from a home’s features. Clear off countertops, tables, and shelves to create a clean, inviting atmosphere. Consider keeping only a few decorative items to add a touch of personality.

6. Tackle Paper Clutter: Paper can quickly accumulate, from old bills to magazines. Invest time in sorting through paperwork, recycling what you don’t need, and organizing essential documents. A clutter-free home office or desk area is particularly appealing to potential buyers.

7. Don’t Forget Outdoor Spaces: Curb appeal matters. Clean up the exterior of your home by removing any unnecessary items from the yard, cleaning up landscaping, and organizing outdoor storage areas. A well-maintained exterior sets a positive tone for potential buyers.

Remember, the goal is to create a welcoming and neutral space that allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home. By taking small, manageable steps, you’ll make the decluttering process more achievable and less stressful, setting the stage for a successful home sale.

Thanks you to O’Connell and Company for sharing! These really are so helpful for anyone who wants to clear out the clutter, regain some more space and otherwise manage less stuff. These tips to declutter your home are ones we are keeping handy! If you’d like to talk more about getting your house ready to sell – or buying – reach out today!