Getting a handle on home organization already has a number of benefits. You can find things more easily, it helps you relax to have and organized home, and allows you to enjoy your home more completely. But if you are getting ready to sell your homes, getting things decluttered and organized the right way can mean more money for your home and a home sold more quickly.
Organizing with style.
The idea is not to simply reduce the amount of stuff that you have. And it is not simply to find a place to put all of your stuff. It is to reduce the items that you are not using and that don't fit into your lifestyle and then find places for those items that do that are functional and that accentuates the style of your home.
Step 1: "Stuff" Reduction / Decluttering
This is the first step to virtually any organization plan. Call it a purge. Call it getting rid of what does not bring your joy. This can often be difficult, but it can also be rewarding and life changing.
There are a couple of ways to make this process easier and more satisfying. You do not need to throw items out. You can often either give them to a friend or family member who will find them of value or you can donate them. You can even store them for a while to see if you miss them in daily life. Most often you will find that you don't miss them and at that point it is ok to let them go.
Step 2: Celebrate Progress
Rome was not built in a day. It was not organized in a day either. Enjoy the process as you do this, if you can. Even if it is done in steps. You may want to take it room by room. Doing it that way will give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Avoid "canned" solutions
If you go to the store and look at all of the "storage solutions", it may not get you where you want to go. Yes you will get organized, but it may not be stylish, and may not be as functional as you would like. Think unique, practical, and repurposed and often you can come up with solutions that truly fit you perfectly.
Wooden crates, glass jars, wicker baskets, and lots of different types of bins and buckets can be repurposed into stylish storage. Using these can add add texture, color, and visual contrast in a room or an entire home at very low cost. You can use them to organize shoes in a mudroom, toys in a bedroom as well as books and dry goods. The solutions are literally endless.
3 Home Organization Pro Tips for Home Sellers
First, you want the feel of each room in the home to have the space to feel uncluttered and open. You want people to be able to visualize themselves enjoying each part of the home. If you run your home organization / decluttering ideas through that filter, you are more likely to accomplish your homeselling goal.
Second, if you are not blessed with a lot of space in your home, you can maximize what you have by using the vertical space. Taller stacked crates that serve as storage or bookshelves can make a small room actually feel much bigger.
Finally, connecting the rooms with a cohesive theme in terms of style is important. While you want your storage to be unique, reusing similar types of storage can create a more "put together" look for your home!
Hopefully this gives you some ideas and inspiration, whether you are organizing in advance of selling your home or simply doing some pre-spring cleaning. Want more insight into Organizing, Decluttering and Preparing your home for sale? Reach out to us today. We are happy to help!