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A Series on Showing Your Home: Decluttering

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 3:20pm.

There’s a lot of people, including myself, who are surprised by just how much of your stuff needs to get packed up before you go live on the market. Your stuff kind of just sits there around you for so long that it just kind of becomes part of the environment. Sometimes seeing what you need to remove, needs a second set of eyes. A home stager is absolutely invaluable at this time. I, myself, had to pack up nearly two thirds of my home when we listed. It was shocking. Not only how much stuff I had to pack up, but how much I needed to throw away. Ever since that move, I have tried to be ruthless in my trashing of things that really don’t need to take up space. I’ve had moderate success.

When it comes down to what needs to be decluttered, take it down to the minimum: clean lines, fresh spaces, and minimal stuff. A good rule of thumb is to pack up anything that you won’t need to use in the next 3 months. So all of your seasonal stuff can go. Most of your kids’ toys can go. Your breadmaker, waffle iron, quesadilla maker, and Ronco Food Dehydrator can also go. Seriously. You know it can.

Take a good look around on your staging list from your stager and consider writing yourself a cheque for every hour that you invest in staging your home for sale. It will be worth it!

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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