January is the perfect time for a fresh start in your home! Whether you plan to stay put or you’re getting ready to sell your home, start the new year off right by getting organized and enjoy the benefits of a neater, easier to maintain home.
- Stop adding clutter. Avoid making bulk purchases or stocking up on sale items before putting your house on the market so that you’re not filling up closet and shelf space.
- Start purging. Use a couple of large bags or bins to collect items you can donate or sell (eBay, garage sale, Craigslist, whatever works for you). I keep a box in my trunk for regular collection of items I intend to donate to charity so that I can go straight to the drop-off location as soon as it’s full. As you’re making decisions about what to keep and what to pack, ask yourself, “Do I love it? Do I use it?” If the answer to both is no, you should probably seriously consider whether it’s worth packing and moving with that item.
- Focus on one project at a time. Getting ready to move can be overwhelming, so don’t try to tackle everything at once. Clean out one closet completely before moving to the next. Toss out expired pantry items and get rid of excess in the junk drawer, but do it one project at a time.
- Deal with paper. Paper clutter can inundate us quickly. File or store the important documents properly and shred outdated items. Other items can be scanned and stored digitally, taking up much less space.
Getting organized is an important first step in getting your home ready to sell in the new year! If you need help getting started, contact the experts at Three Bears Home Staging! We specialize in positive, empowering home staging consultations that teach homeowners how to sell their house faster and for more money!