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Sunday, February 11, 2018

10 Tips to Get Your Home Organized for An Open House

So you’ve decided to list your home and you’re feeling good about the steps you’ve taken so far to ensure a successful, non-stressful sale: you’re working with a real estate agent who understands your needs and expectations regarding the process, there are plans being made to market and promote your home, and you’re ready to prepare for an open house by organizing and decluttering years worth of items you’ve accumulated in your home.

…Okay, that last step has the potential to be a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry – we have a few tips to help you tackle what could be years of clutter in a short time.

Before we get to that, though, why is organizing and decluttering your home such an important part of selling and preparing for showings, and why go through those motions when you’re going to sell your home anyways?

First, decluttering creates a clean, fresh canvas for potential buyers who are walking through your home, allowing them to envision themselves living in the space and the ways in which they can make it their own. Keeping rooms in the home clean and free from clutter also makes the space and storage areas seem larger, which is an important consideration for many buyers.

So what are some of the best ways to go about easily organizing and decluttering your home?

KITCHEN

It’s always best to start with rooms you use the most – like your kitchen. Because it is used daily, the kitchen is one of the rooms in a house that tends to collect the most clutter. Here are a few pointers on tackling your kitchen:

  • An easy way to organize, according to Martha Stewart? Store items close to where you use them. For example, try to use the cabinets near your stove for your pots and pans. If you prep your food on a specific counter, use those cabinets for your mixing bowls.
  • While your special silverware and fine china are great showpieces, find them a home outside the kitchen if they aren’t used on a regular basis.
  • Maximize your space by nesting bowls, stacking plates, and use baskets to keep things structured within your cabinets.
  • Store items by category. For example, keep all of your cooking spices in the same drawer. It gives a uniform look and will help you keep the kitchen organized and neat for open houses. 
  • Make sure your refrigerator is clear of notes and messages! A fridge covered in paper can give a disorganized look to the whole kitchen, especially in pictures. HGTV suggests building a bulletin board to have a home for messages.

BATHROOM

Another important room that needs a little attention is the bathroom. The difficult part with organizing the bathroom is while you need to declutter, you also need to maintain its functionality:

  • Find plastic bins and boxes to organize under your sink. Group like products (cosmetics, cleaning supplies, etc) together, and label boxes before storing
  • Another great way to declutter is go through cosmetics, medicines, and lotions in your medicine cabinet. Most have a shelf life and should be disposed of once they are past the listed date.


    STORAGE

    Most people find storage space very important when searching for their new home. In fact, REALTOR Mag states, “Homeowners typically had buyer's remorse when buying a home that was too small or didn't have enough storage space,” so you better believe new buyers will be checking out your closets and storage spaces!

    • Maximize your hanging space in your bedroom closet by hanging multiple rods to hang trousers, skirts and shirts, and save longer items, like dresses and coats, for another closet.
    • Bins and boxes to organize are helpful for organizing items within a closet, both for easier access and for making the most out of the space available.
    • Light can also play a major role in making your smaller closets seem larger. If your closet is dark, consider adding lighting to the inside to help brighten up dark corners and allow buyers to see the entire space inside.
    When you’re going through everything that you don’t use anymore, make sure to take the time to donate items in good condition to your local charitable organizations.

    Keep your home decluttered and organized while your house is on the market, and you could have a quick sale and an easy move when the time comes.  Don't get overwhelmed with all the things that go along with selling your home! Contact a HUNT Agent today to see how they can help you sell your home today.

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