If selling a home is on your to-do list for 2014, eliminating clutter may be one of the most important New Year’s resolutions you can make! Here are three of the worst clutter traps I typically see as a home stager, and some tips on how to avoid them.
- Closets are a fantastic place to store all our extra stuff for day-to-day living, but a cluttered closet can hurt you in the re-sale. Buyers touring your house WILL open closet doors, and 90% of them will not be able to envision spacious storage potential if your closets are crammed full of stuff.
→ Go ahead and pack away seasonal clothing, organize hanging items by size or color, and get things off the floor. This is especially important in master bedroom closets.
→ Take the time to go through your pantry as well, wiping down shelves, straightening labels and tossing out anything that won’t be used.
- Tabletops and counters should not be completely stripped (you don’t want it to look too sterile), but keep decor strategic and minimal.
→ Store all kitchen appliances under the cabinets (yes, even the coffee pot!).
→ Dish soap and sponges should go in a plastic bin under the sink.
→ Remove all personal hygiene products and appliances from bathroom counters.
→ Add a simple potted plant and a few books to a nightstand, a bowl of lemons to the kitchen counter, or a dish of pretty soaps near the bath sink for a homey, but uncluttered feel.
- Bookcases can be especially tricky. When they’re overflowing or crammed too tightly (as many of them are), they give the impression that there’s a lack of space.
→ Pack up most of your books, leaving some stacked vertically and some horizontally with space between groupings for a more pleasing visual effect. A few knick-knacks are okay, as well, but don’t put an entire collection of tchotchkes on display.
Bottom line? Start packing NOW, before you put your home on the market, and don’t spend money moving the items you can trash, donate, or sell! If you need help figuring out where to get started, we can help. Contact us at Three Bears Home Staging & Redesign for an initial consultation.