If your realtor has urged you to get rid of clutter in your home to help it sell faster, you might think there's no way you can do it. You might have years of objects accumulated in your home that you can't bear to part with. Or, you might have so many things that you can see your way out of the mess. Either way, the uncluttering must be done to optimize your house for selling. Here are some ideas to make the task easier.
Enlist a Helper
Packing up your belongings is difficult and time consuming. If the objective is to get your house in the best state for viewing as soon as possible, consider enlisting some help. There are lots of people who would be willing to come to your house for the day and help you pack in exchange for cash payment. Instead of hiring a stranger online, though, think about asking a friend's college-aged son or daughter, or the teenage child of a neighbor.
Hold a Garage Sale
Almost everyone has something that they own that they would be willing to part with for the right price. Though you probably cherish many of your possessions, are there some things you don't need anymore? Box up the items that you want to just get rid of and hold an impromptu garage sale. Whatever you don't sell, you can either keep or donate to a charity store.
Rent a Storage Space
Items that your realtor deems clutter, but you don't want to get rid of, can still be boxed up. Pack up anything extra you can, including furniture, if your home has too much of it. Once you have an idea of how much space you'll need, rent a self storage space and store your items in it. That way, you'll be able to keep the things you want, but they won't take up valuable space in your home during showings.
Give Heirlooms a New Home
If the reason you're selling is because you are downsizing, this is a wonderful opportunity to pass on family heirlooms. Instead of packing heirlooms away, invite your loved ones over for an evening of giving. Accompany each heirloom with a handwritten note explaining why you have chosen to give that particular person that special heirloom piece. Doing this will turn a difficult task into one that brings your family closer.
Uncluttering your home using these ideas will make the whole process easier to handle.