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Over the weekend, a friend and I were discussing what needs to happen in a home before you put it on the market. We talked about everything from little fixes to big updates. One of the main points of discussion was decluttering.

Whether you are looking to sell your home quickly or you are just considering moving and want to be ready, decluttering is a must. Every article you could possibly read about preparing your home to sell will tell you to declutter.

In this article, you will find tips on how to declutter your home. We are including some good rules of thumb, practical ideas, and solutions. There may be ideas you haven’t thought of before.

Decluttering is a great first step when preparing to put your house on the market to sell.

5 Ways to Declutter Your Home

  1. Consider renting a storage unit

If you have a lot of things that you do not want to part with, consider renting a storage unit. This is where you want to put all that extra stuff that you don’t need immediately. Items like holiday decorations, out of season clothing, and other storage stuff are a great place to start.

  1. Tackle the closets

A good rule of thumb for your closets is to remove at least half of what is in there. Buyers will go through your closets, your cabinets, and your pantry. They want to see if their things can fit.

Take time to organize the remaining items. Forbes.com recommends that you “make your storage look custom with DIY shelves, hangers, and bins.” They also recommend organizing your clothes by color and type.

Trulia.com even recommends painting the interior of closets a lighter color to help them seem “airier.”

  1. Depersonalize your home.

According to HGTV, depersonalizing your home includes removing pictures, memorabilia, and personal keepsakes.

  1. Consider your book shelves.

Are your book shelves packed? Do they look messy? Remove what you don’t need. Either put items in storage or give them away.

  1. Declutter the furniture.

Too much furniture in a room can make your home look smaller than it is. Better Homes and Gardens recommends having 30 inches between pieces of furniture that people have to walk around. They recommend that the sofa and coffee table should be 14-18 inches apart.

You can store some of the pieces in a storage unit to declutter rooms. Another great idea is to reduce the size of your dining room table if you have a dining room to make it appear bigger and less cluttered.

A Few Quick Tips to Remember when Decluttering

If you haven’t decluttered in a while, you might feel like the task is a bit overwhelming. Here are some quick tips to help you along the way.

  • RealSimple.com recommends giving yourself double to amount of time you first thought it would take you. If you thought going through your closet would take you a day, give yourself two days.
  • Another Real Simple solution is to arrange all those photos into plastic dividers or even little boxes by event or date, instead of trying to fix them all in an album.
  • Take 5 minutes in each room to find items to get rid of.

Take Away

Decluttering your home is a fundamental first step when getting it ready to put it on the market. These simple tips, from renting a storage unit to decluttering the furniture, are great ways to accomplish a clutter-free home.

When you are all done decluttering, don’t miss out on this weekend’s events in Novi, Michigan.