Declutter Like A Pro

Declutter Like a Pro!

Really, so much can be achieved when you’re getting ready to sell your home just through decluttering.

Buyers want to see space. So the more space you can make by decluttering, the more buyers will love your property.

Make space in cupboards, your kitchen drawers, your floors (through the right furniture and placement), your benchtops, even your garage.

Recent clients of ours decided to move into a rental property for the duration of the sale of their home, and removed everything, then styled with rental furniture. This is an extreme example of decluttering (!) and isn’t usually necessary. But follow the tips below, and you’ll be on your way to having buyers fall in love with your home.

We found these great tips by the readers of Zen Habits:

As with anything, getting rid of clutter can be made incredibly simple: just go through your stuff, one section, closet, drawer, or shelf at a time, and get rid of everything that isn’t absolutely essential, that you don’t love and use often.

Of course, simplifying a process like that isn’t terribly useful to many people who struggle with clutter. So, with that in mind, I present to you 15 fabulous tips for decluttering. These tips aren’t mine — they’re from you guys, the readers, repackaged into a useful little post.

Recently I asked you guys for your best decluttering tips … and I pulled some of the best of those (there are many more good ones I wasn’t able to use). They’re reworded here slightly, and a couple have been modified indiscriminately by me. 🙂

But they’re great tips nonetheless. Enjoy!

  1. Declutter for 15 minutes every day. It’s amazing how much you can get through if you just do it in small increments like this.
  2. Don’t allow things into the house in the first place. Whether you’ve begun decluttering the living space, or you’ve just completed it, stop bringing in new stuff NOW. Even if that’s ALL you do and don’t start decluttering immediately, if you can only establish one habit at a time, establish the no-more-stuff habit first. This way, when you do get to decluttering the existing stuff, you’ve already stopped making it worse. Think of bailing out a boat with a hole in it. You can bail and bail, but it won’t do anything for the leak.
  3. Donate stuff you’re decluttering, so you don’t feel bad about wasting it.
  4. Create a Goals chart with decluttering on it — either daily, or 3 times a week. Check off the days when you declutter, and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.
  5. Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room, doing the superficial stuff first – surfaces (cleaning out drawers, empty the bin etc. Repeat, but do more the 2nd time around – i.e. open the cupboards.
  6. Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, tidy up the next room – it’s only 3 minutes but it keeps you on top of everything (helps if you have an Englishman’s obsession with Tea as well!)
  7. Use the “one in, two out” rule. The rule: whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two other items. First you cheat, by throwing out two pieces of paper, but soon you will have to move to big stuff.
  8. Clothing rule: If you haven’t worn an item in 6 months, sell or donate it.
  9. Declutter one room (including any closets, desks, cabinets, etc.) before starting on the next one. Spending time in that room will feel *so* good, and it will be so easy to keep clean, that it will motivate you to do more!
  10. Internalise that your value is not in your “stuff”. It is just “stuff”. And realise that your value grows when you share your “stuff”. Hoarding is a selfish act.
  11. Have someone else (who you trust!) help you go through things. They don’t have the (sometimes irrational) emotional attachment that you might have but can still recognise if something should be kept.
  12. Gift everything or have a garage sale with anything that’s at all saleable.

Make sure storage areas are neatly packed. Those clear boxes you can buy from reject shops are excellent for this purpose.

Use counter intelligence. Go through the house and clear off all the horizontal surfaces like kitchen and bathroom countertops. Old magazines? Toss ’em. Knick-knacks? Pack ’em. Counters need to be clear and clean.

To make it easy, focus on one room at a time. And remember that this process will assist you in the moving process when you’ve sold. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.


If you need help with decluttering or styling, please call our in-house stylist, Karen, on 0466 987 222.


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