“Pack-rat” or “Clutter-bug”! Which are you? Maybe both?
THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM FOUND IN MOST HOMES ON THE MARKET TODAY. Not at all surprising since we live in a “shop-till-you-drop” society. Many of us, myself included, have a hard time resisting the temptation to indulge. But like my mom always says, “You can’t keep hauling it in unless you start hauling it out, or eventually your house will overtake you. I’m sure she is right! I’ve staged homes that I’m convinced have already experienced the overtaking or are certainly teetering on the brink. The dreaded pack-rat/clutter-bug is spreading in epidemic proportions! And one of the ugliest side effects is the overwhelming resistance to just let go. The feverish need to hang onto anything and everything EVER FOUND, whether it be by actually finding it, purchasing it, passing it along, or receiving it as a gift – be it ‘re-giftable’, ‘hand-me-down’ or what. This propensity is frequently accompanied by the strong urge to display anything AND everything ever obtained by the above mentioned. So, what do you do when you’re faced with the unsightly reality of this house-crippling disease? While certainly not a cure-all, the quickest remedy is really quite pain free.
Start packing!!! Boxing up early is the best medicine. By doing so, you’ll easily relieve yourself of two ailments. Your house will show like the spacious, carefree space it was meant to be, and you will have gotten a jump start on your own relocation. Like yanking off a bandage, it’s best to do it as quickly as possible. If you absolutely don’t want to take something with you when you move, unload it now but don’t get too caught up in the process. This is definitely not the time to go tripping down memory lane. The more you procrastinate, the more this is going to seem like a chore, and you’ll soon lose your motivation to finish. Once packed, store the boxes in an out of the way corner of the basement, a secondary room, or the garage. Stack them neatly. If it is impossible to create complete order, cover the stack with a tarp or clean white sheet.
Buyers are less likely to remember your temporary storage area as much as they will remember the clutter. If you want to sort things out wait until you get into your new place, and have time to go through each box thoroughly.
De-clutter and home staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it!