Declutter Your Home Like a Pro!
Once you decide that it's time to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the first things you will need to do is get your home ready to show to your potential buyers. You won't want to wait until after you put your home on the market to start cleaning and getting your home organized because you could have showings right away. Clutter and an unorganized house will put off your buyers because it's hard to focus on the unique features of your home when you have clutter everywhere. Not sure where to start on decluttering your home? Read on for some expert tips from the Fran Campbell Team!
Set GoalsThe thought of decluttering your home can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? Making a plan and setting goals will help you stay focused and be efficient in decluttering your home. Start with a list or map of all the rooms and specific areas that need tackling. Then prioritize them by which area needs the most work. Set goals for when you want each area completed and be sure to set aside specific time to work on the project, especially for the areas that may take longer like the garage or the basement. If you only have an hour or less to work, consider tackling a smaller area such as the under-the-sink cabinet.
Create a SystemAs you go through each area, you want to have a system for how you will sort your personal belongings. One of the most common methods uses three baskets or three piles: one for keep, one for donations and one for trash. This method forces you to make decisions one item at a time; this helps you avoid creating a bigger mess than the one you started with. Clear a space in your house where you can stack boxes and bags that you want to get rid of or donate. As for the things you want to keep, make sure you have a place to put them where they are out of the way. Consider using labeled bins or other organizers to keep your space looking nice and clean.
Make a CommitmentIf you're serious about decluttering your home, you need to make a commitment to yourself that you're actually going to get rid of stuff. You need to mentally prepare yourself for what's to come. Many of the items you'll find don't have much monetary value anymore but may hold some sentimental value. Think about the last time you used the item - if you can't remember when that was, you should probably just get rid of it. Consider the 80/20 rule. We typically only wear 20% of the clothes we own, 80% of the time. The same applies to the use of other items in your house as well. Your mission should be to get rid of the things that you don't use 80% of the time.
Clean Off Flat Surfaces FirstBefore you commit to an entire room, pick a small project to tackle, to give yourself a sense of accomplishment. Countertops, shelves, and other flat services are the biggest clutter-magnets in your home. They are the "catch-all" places for everything you're either too lazy to put away or that doesn't have a place. Mail, bills, magazines, you name it, you're sure to find them on those flat surfaces. This is a great starting point for your decluttering project. While you may need to keep a few items on the counter, make it a goal to keep those areas free of clutter.
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