When it’s time to get ready to move, you may find yourself having some...mixed feelings about the whole thing.
There’s the excitement of the move. There’s the anticipation of your new surroundings. There’s the anxiety about getting set up somewhere else. And somewhere along the way is the dawning realization that you’re going to have to sell your current house.
Even if you’ve got the best team of realtors working on finding a buyer for your house, the selling process can be a huge pain when you still have things in your current home. One of the fastest ways to help sell your home is to keep it organized, tidy, and de-cluttered when showing it off to potential buyers, and we’ve got a few tips right here to show it off in just the right way to land a sale:
Study your entire house
The first mistake a lot of home sellers make is trying to tackle the entire home in one big job, and that’s just going to lead to burnout and things being unfinished. Starting at the front of the house, go room-by-room and figure out what still needs to be done to make the home more presentable to buyers and how long it will take to do it.
Focus on the closets
One of the most commonly-prioritized things a buyer looks for in a home is the amount of closet space, and organized closets are the best way to show off what kind of space they’re looking at. Empty your closets out so they can get a good feel for whatever space you have to offer, and show off any closet organization you have installed as an added bonus. (This might also now be a good time to donate anything you’ve had buried in your closet for a while - it’s fine, we all do it.)
Empty out your bookcases
In a lot of cases, bigger items like bookcases don’t wind up making the trip to the new house just for the sake of transportability, or maybe the new house comes pre-equipped with bookshelves. If you’re leaving your bookcases behind for the new tenants, make sure to empty them out to make them look ready for sale and give a better idea of what size they are in case the new buyer wants to use them for something else.
Purge the basement and attic
Don’t feel bad, we all do it, but in a lot of cases the basement and attic of a home is where stuff goes to never see the light of day again. Take some wire shelving and organize everything as best you can to clear floor clutter and give a better idea of what the basement looks like while you’re still in the process of moving. This could also provide the perfect excuse to finally throw out everything that’s been languishing down there that you haven’t used in a few years either.
Make your office look professional
Home offices are an increasingly popular sight in modern houses due to the amount of work people tend to do outside of the office these days, and if your home has an office it could do a lot to attract the right buyer by sprucing it up and making it look productive. Clear off shelves, polish up the desk (or take it out of the room if you’re keeping it so buyers can see how big the office itself is), set up some home office organization to show off how productive your space can be, and above all else just make it look like you can get things done in there. That’s the point of a home office, right?
Clean up that bathroom
Finally, we hate to say it, but few things turn a potential buyer off faster than a gross bathroom. Scrub the grout, polish the mirror, clean off the sink tap and basin, set up some bathroom organization like towel racks to provide some organization options for the new tenants, and overall just try to not let it look...gross. (You know what we mean.)
Sometimes it feels like the kitchen is the hardest room to organize and decorate, doesn’t it?
There’s an awful lot of stuff in kitchens, which makes sense, but it makes it really hard to keep it both organized and decorative. It seems like it’s either one or the other in many cases: you can either have a kitchen that’s visually pleasing and well-decorated or a kitchen that’s well-organized and free of clutter...but rarely both.
It doesn’t always have to be like that! There’s plenty of ways to get a well-organized and good-looking kitchen that does everything you need it to, it just requires a good understanding of everything that goes into it and what you have to do to organize your kitchen properly.
Below are a few common kitchen decoration strategies, and what you can do to keep them both functional and aesthetic:
Open Plan Kitchens
Pros: Plenty of space for preparation; easier access to many different parts of the kitchen;ample space for everyone in the house to get in there to help with cooking or put things away.
Cons: Lack of storage space; harder to keep decluttered and clean (due to extra surface space)
How to organize: Open kitchens need a lot more love than smaller ones due to the lack of wall space, which means they’re not going to have any cabinets. Wall shelves are a good way to make up for this lack of cabinet space by giving your pots, pans, and ingredients somewhere to sit, and in many cases pantry organizers can be repurposed as open-space countertop storage instead.
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing; allows for easier access to things like dishes; more light in kitchen
Cons: May force display of nicer-looking dishes, leaving no room for the daily-use cutlery and plates; requires more careful arrangement and use than closed cabinets do
How to organize: Consider how your display pieces will look on open shelves to avoid too much visual clutter. Limit your use of open shelving to a handful of more special-occasion dishes to maintain a good look while keeping the more-used dishes and glasses in a closed cabinet to avoid visual clutter and keep the ‘daily drivers’ a little easier to get to.
Long Drawers Instead Of Cabinets
Pros: Better containment of small items to prevent loss; better visual indicators of where items are when drawers are opened (as opposed to cabinets); better storage for certain items.
Cons: More difficult to store items of unique shapes or widths; waste of space when forced to store pots and pans in drawers instead of cabinets,
How to organize: Careful thought needs to be placed on what’s being stored in drawers as opposed to cabinets. Leave some wall space (or get a hanging rack) for bigger items like pots and pans, and save any available drawer space for smaller items that can be easily arranged and taken care of inside the drawer that can’t really go anywhere else. Larger items may need to stay on the countertop to free up space.
Pros: Makes the ceiling appear higher; no awkward space between cabinets and ceiling; extra storage space
Cons: Frequently used to store items that aren’t really needed; harder to organize due to size
How to organize: The first step with longer cabinets is to make sure they’re not being used for anything truly unnecessary. Don’t get in the habit of buying extra dishes or cups just because you have the space for them. Focus on what you already own and need to safely store somewhere, bring in some kitchen cabinet organizers to help give everything a home, and don’t feel pressured to use all the space they offer.
However you decide to decorate your kitchen, hopefully these tips will keep it both visually pleasing and free of mess! (Until you get a little crazy making pasta again, of course.)
Consider, if you will, the humble front porch.
If left unattended, the front porch can often become a dumping ground for unused lawn chairs, or if your front porch is fully enclosed it often becomes a second entryway, a place where backpacks go to hide away and grow dusty until the next school year starts.
It’s summertime, and that means you probably don’t need quite as many blankets as you were using beforehand.
We know, we know - your kids and partner always want to crank the AC way lower than you want it to be, maybe you live in a part of the country where the nights get real cold, and you’ll need some blankets around, but not nearly as many as you do during the winter months, right?
Home furniture can be kind of a confusing place sometimes, can’t it?
At first it all seems so simple - there’s chairs, there’s tables, there’s dressers, and there’s probably not a lot of difference between them all, right? At least not at first, until you start digging a little deeper. That’s when you start running into all those terms your mom or grandma used to throw around in regards to the word cabinet- or dresser-looking things you’d see around the house; one of them is a credenza, one is a sideboard, and suddenly you have no idea what you’re looking at.