One of the biggest issues with decluttering is that it can feel like it’s taking a long time. If you’re waiting to get your house on the market and sold, you need to declutter it fast and move on with your life. But how can you do that? Here are six tips that can help you declutter, once you’ve already gotten through the tasks of getting rid of all the things you don’t want or need to keep. Yard sales and thrift store trips only go so far, and eventually you’ll be left with plenty of items that still need to be decluttered, but that you also want to keep. Here’s how to handle those items for quick decluttering, so you can get your house sold.
On-Site (or Moveable) Storage
There are companies that will bring a small storage unit or container right to your door. They drop off the container, let you fill it up, and then pick it up and hold it in a storage facility until you’re ready for it. You can also keep the container until you sell your house and are ready to move, too. Then you can have the container moved to your new location, instead of stored in a facility. Both options are good choices, and can help you reduce the clutter in your house and make selling easier. This kind of storage makes decluttering easy, and lets you store things outside your home, so potential buyers won’t see it.
When you build or buy truss shelves and put them up in your attic, you don’t have to worry about having a space to store your things. It’s true that buyers will see the items, but they’ll also see neat, orderly shelving and a quality storage solution they can use when they move into the house, as well. With truss shelves, you’ll want to be careful to put items away in storage neatly. Cluttering up the shelving doesn’t improve things over leaving clutter around the house. When you declutter, one of the most important things is to neatly store anything you’ve removed from other areas. Shelves, bins, and boxes can help with that.
Storage is important, whether you’re using it due to decluttering or you just want to have a place to put things you don’t use a lot. Your buyers will appreciate storage solutions that are convenient and useful to them. Among those solutions are rafter hangers. You can put these up in the attic, whether it’s a walk-up attic or one with less space inside. Then you can use the hangers to store items you want to take with you but you’ve relocated from other areas of your home. That’s an excellent way to declutter and ensure you’re creating great storage options for buyers who are considering your house, as well.
A great storage space that you’re probably not using is your attic. With some flooring or decking on the joists in that area, you can have another area of flat surface to use for storage bins, boxes, or other containers. Your buyers can use it when they move in, but until that time you can use it to store all the things you decluttered from the rooms of your home. That includes everything from those knickknacks on the entertainment center to the seasonal clothing in your closet. If it’s stored away neatly it won’t bother buyers. All they’ll see is how much storage space they’ll have in the attic for their own things after closing.
Cleaning Out the Attic Space
Even after putting down flooring in the attic, you’ll still need to make sure there isn’t clutter there. Anything you declutter from other rooms should be packed up neatly, but anything that was already in the attic also has to be packed up, as well. Whether there are unused items you originally planned to donate, or even items left from previous owners before you, cleaning out the attic is very important. If the items aren’t things you want to save, donating them or throwing them away is the best choice. For items that are important to you, packing them up the same way as the other items in your home is the right option.
Storing the Non-Essentials
During the time between your decluttering and staging efforts and the selling of your home, you’ll need certain things that you also want to keep out of the way. With that in mind, you should have some storage bins where you keep these things. They can be located out of sight when potential buyers come to look at your home, but they can also easily be accessed when you need them. Putting bins of items under the counter in the kitchen and bathroom, for example, means you have quick access to what you need, without cluttering up counters during showings.
By following these six tips, you have a great chance of getting your home decluttered quickly and efficiently. Then you can get it on the market and sold, so you can move on to the next phase of your life. Some storage solutions will go along with you, and others will remain for the buyers. That will add value to their purchase and benefit both of you, as well.