6 Simple Secrets to Deluttering Your House

Dated: 06/06/2019

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A tip most real estate professionals give to sellers when they're looking to put their house on the market is to "declutter". Saying that you're going to declutter, though, is a different thing than following through with it. With the popularity of TV shows like Marie Kondo's "Tidying Up" on Netflix, it's clear that many homeowners, not only those faced with a move, are evaluating their homes and lifestyles and looking to simplify. With a big life transition of a move looming, the thought of decluttering can add to the anxiety and stressful emotions that we might be feeling. Where to begin, what to keep, what to toss and what to pack are questions that stare back at you when you're faced with decluttering. Ironically the action of decluttering can help to get the stressful and anxiety-ridden feelings in check allowing you the peace of mind to move on to your new home and life-change more energized and ready to take on your next chapter. Below six simple secrets that you can do today to start the decluttering of your space.

1. Assess the situation. No matter if it's that linen closet, cupboard, or drawer that you're looking to tackle, one word of advice is to, before you do anything else, access the situation. That would mean emptying out the entire space (drawer, closet, bookshelf, etc.), so that all your stuff is uncovered, and you're starting with a blank space. Doing this will give you a visual, and a better idea of what to keep and what to give away.

2. Does it "spark joy"? A well-known Marie Kondo tip would be to ask yourself if that "thing" that you're contemplating keeping or tossing, makes you happy. If it doesn't, toss it.

3. Purge slowly and methodically. It's an emotional process. Allow yourself to go through the motions, picking up one item at a time.

4. Have a goal in mind. What do you want to carry out? What do you want to create in your life? Having a clear goal in mind will help to keep you motivated and will help you to access what objects you should be keeping in your life that you’re looking to create.

5. Ditch the Itch. If it itches, pulls, pokes or generally doesn't feel good and/or doesn't fit when you wear it, you should ditch it.

6. Discard then put things back. It's common to want to start putting things away once your space is empty and you start recognizing those items that you'll be keeping. It's better to go through and discard everything first so that when you put it all away, you'll have a better idea of the items that you'll be working with to fill your space.

Saying and doing are two different things. One thing is for sure, when decluttering momentum can be achieved quickly once you start the process. No matter if you're moving next month, a year from now, or ten years from now or beyond, periodically decluttering your home is a good habit to get into. A bonus is if done consistently periodically decluttering can make the whole "getting ready to move" transition all that much easier.

Melissa Rolland is a Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor®, Accredited Home Stager, and author of the book Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate. She lives in Tolland, CT along with her husband Todd, an Associate Broker and Realtor®. Together they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at www.RollandRealtyGroup.com, by email at therollands@exprealty.com or by phone at (866) 408-8059. “The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the “Company”). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.”

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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