Sell Faster by Decluttering
It's amazing how much stuff accumulates. It's even more amazing
how little of that stuff we actually need. A great way to make your
move easier is to get rid of stuff. People pay big bucks to move
junk that they will only stick in a closet. This makes no sense.
The vast majority of people making a move have an emotionally
hard time uncluttering their lives and getting rid of pointless junk
they never use. But it's not just the junk you want to get rid of.
It's the good stuff you don't use, also.
Here's a way to lighten your load, sell your current home faster, and also have more room in
your new home.
- Pass One. With a garbage bag, start in one corner of your
bedroom. Fill the bag with anything you don't use often. Move
quickly, and don't take time to think about it. Repeat this
process for every room in your house, using a new bag. This
lightens the load by one bag. For many people, this barely
scratches the surface.
- Pass Two. Go through your kitchen. Discard any plastic
containers that have scratches (they aren't sanitary), chipped
glass, rusty utensils, and so forth.
- Pass Three. Go through your garage (if you have one).
Discard anything that's broken or worn out.
- Pass Four. Go through your clothes closets. Pull out
anything that you don't like to wear or that doesn't fit.
There's no point in keeping it "just in case." Donate it to a
local charity that accepts used clothing. But if it's worn out,
- Pass Five. Go through your clothing drawers, and do the same
thing you just did with your closets.
The above five steps won't declutter the typical person's home,
due to the sheer amount of accumulation. But it will significantly
reduce the amount of stuff that makes your present home look smaller
to prospective buyers. It will also make your home easier to clean
and it will reduce the amount of unused stuff that you will pay to move and
spend time unpacking.