How To Organize your House for Sale

How to Organize your house for sale

How to Organize your House for Sale

Organizing as part of staging a house for sale is a little different than organizing a space you are planning to stay and live in.  The process is the same – the result you need is where the difference is.

In living in a home you need an organization system that allows you and your family to function easily.  When organizing as part of preparing your home for sale you absolutely must declutter every space as well as organize what is left behind.

Be certain to leave all the essentials you need to live in the home and then just the tiniest amount more to make the home feel comfortable.  There is a fine line between cold and comfortable.  There is an even finer line between comfortable and cluttered.  If you just cannot decide which side of the line your space is on, err on the side of caution, go with what feels just a bit less than comfortable.  It’s not ideal, but it is a much better option than cluttered!

There are two parts to the organizing process.  First you must determine how to go about deciding what will stay in the space.  Then you need to obtain the right products to help you keep it all in place.  Never spend any money on organizing items before you know what exactly will be staying in a space.  You don’t want to waste money on something you ultimately don’t use or need – that’s how you end up with clutter in the first place!

Start here with this list of 10 Steps to De-Cluttering your House for Sale, then for even more direction and inspiration move on to this curated list of sites I know will help you get going in the right direction.

These fabulous sites can easily and clearly guide you through the process of organizing your home.  They are well written, knowledgeable, and very practical in their organizing methods.  Each is a little different, but all are great!  They are full of valuable information and practical tips you can use to get your home organized and on track.  Click on any of the images below to be taken directly to their sites.


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The Inspired Room

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Organizing Made Fun

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Harvard Homemaker

Now that you know what is essential and what is staying in the house while it is listed for sale you need to determine the best things to use to organize it all.  Here are some great resources to help you find products that will fit in your space and will make an easy job of packing up to leave when the house is sold:


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Real Simple

De-cluttering and organizing are certainly not the most glamorous of activities to spend your time on when preparing your house for sale.  People underestimate the importance of organizing when staging a house because they mistakenly believe no one is going to see it.  They could not be more wrong.  Buyers open everything and look everywhere.  You want to make sure your home tells the story of a clean and organized lifestyle that buyers aspire to.  This is key in emotionally connecting a buyer to your house.  This is an important aspect of selling your home for top dollar as quick as possible.

Once you are accustomed to the routine of living in an organized space it will become second nature to you.  You will have done the work to get there and the process will become simple.  You will have a collection of items to use to organize your things that perfectly fits your things in the way that works for you.  All that is left will be to pack it up when your house sells and set it up in your new home.

It can seem overwhelming – you don’t have to go it alone if you don’t want to.  Professional occupied home staging should always include time on decluttering and often includes time organizing what is left as well.  Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell your home stager you are interested in organizing time as part of staging your home.  A professional home stager should easily be able to assist you.

Please contact us today to learn about how professional home staging can help you in all aspects of preparing your house to sell for top dollar, including de-cluttering and organizing.

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