It's amazing the amount of things we accumulate in our lives that
we really don't need. Clutter can take many forms and mean different
things to different people. Remember: Material things are only useful
if they are serving you. If you are serving them, they are a nuisance
and you are a slave!
Don't get carried away
When de-cluttering, do not get carried away. I have been to homes
that have de-cluttered so much the house looks bare and un-lived in.
Elimate 'personal' belongings
Leave out the right type of things - eliminate personal, religious,
or items of a sexual nature. You only want to show things that do
not create a reaction, and pack away everything else to show off in
your new home.
One room at a time
Start by doing one room at a time, using the four-box method:
1. Rubbish is obvious, if it is broken or you do not love it or need
it - bin it! I would use a black bin bag for this, rather than a box,
as this will enable you to throw it straight out rather than tempting
you to check through again.
2. If you have something that you love and want to keep, but you know
will not look good in your newly staged property, pack it away carefully
and put into storage.
3. If you no longer want something, but think it can be useful to
someone else, why not give it to charity or,
4. Sell it at a car boot sale or on ebay or just advertise it in your
local corner shop or paper. You never know, you might even make some
Put in on the book shelf!
Books can be a major source of clutter. Lots of us buy a book, read
it, and then store it on a bookcase, never to be read again. Why not
recycle these books at a book exchange, or give them to a local hospital.
You not only clear your clutter, but get a good feeling while doing
Believe it or not, pattern can also be a source of clutter. Have you
ever visited someone and had the feeling that your head is swimming,
or you come out with a headache every time you go round? Too much
pattern does not allow the eyes to rest as there is no focal point.
They work overtime trying to take in all the different things that
they are being shown. The patterns clash - stripy curtains, floral
sofas, swirly carpets, it can all become just too much for some people.
By neutralising and removing patterns from your rooms, you will create
a much more harmonious feel without alienating your prospective buyers.