One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. I think most of us have said, at least once in our lifetime, “Where did all this stuff come from?!” Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes. And honestly, even if you aren’t planning to move anytime soon, we could all benefit from a good ole tidying up.

“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”

When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings! Less stuff to pack is always a good thing, not only to save you time moving out but it also translates into less to unpack when you’re moving into your new house. Win-win here guys.

Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.” Especially if you are donating items, you can feel good about them going to a new home to spark joy for someone else.

When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice. A potential buyer needs to be able to envision themselves living in the home, as theirs, not yours.

When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move.

Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new house. It always feels good to be able to set out some of your personal items right when you move in to truly make it feel like home!


Kristi Harden

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