In a post I did last September I discussed the importance of eliminating clutter in your home before putting it on the market. This topic is so relevant, especially if you are considering listing your home in the HOT real estate market we have been experiencing this Spring. We all live with some level of clutter whether we’re a candidate for the show Hoarders or our otherwise neat house has a junk drawer.Go through every room, every cabinet, every closet and identify things you don’t need and get rid of them ASAP (sell, donate, trash). And, the stuff you want to keep but don’t use often, pack up and store in the basement, garage, or even better– a storage unit or friend’s house. I’m talking collections, books, off-season clothing, toys, holiday decorations, dishes, etc. Homes devoid of clutter look bigger and give the appearance of ample storage (a huge bonus for buyers).
Here are a few of my favorite decluttering tips found at http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/organize/how-to-declutter-your-home
1-Double-Duty Furniture: Use furniture that can double as storage. Many ottomans today have a storage area that is perfect for hiding toys, blankets, books, etc.
2-Organized Drawers: Use adjustable dividers to keep items easily accessible and the drawer uncluttered.
3-Mount Wall Brackets: Wall brackets can bring order to a large collection or odd shapes. Be sure not to over accessorize these brackets. Keep it Simple!
4-Utilize Window Space: While you don’t want to block too much natural light, small open window shelves will actually illuminate collections.
5-Stylish Seating with Storage: Bench sitting with storage in a kitchen is great for bigger items such as: food processors, mixers, waffle irons, etc.