Monday, July 15, 2013

Organized to Sell - Are YOU Ready?

You’ve heard it many times. If you want to sell your house, you need to clear out the clutter. Sounds good, but just how do you do that? First, stop buying stuff! Groceries (yes, I know you need to eat, but 14 boxes of cereal?), knick-knacks, etc. These just make the job harder and may indicate that you’re just not ready to take charge of your stuff and your life.

Ok, so where do you start? Well, I like to survey each room quickly to see what we’re up against. What I look for are things that are not in the right room, things that are overflowing, things that are piled on top of other things. This is a great place to start your first phase: put things where they should really go.

Food supplies: into the kitchen.
Clothes: back to the users’ room or the laundry.

You get the point.

Now I know what you’re thinking,"There is no room in the kitchen or the bedroom. That’s how I got into this mess in the first place!" Don’t worry. At this point we’re trying to see what you actually have. You won’t stop buying groceries if every time you come home from the store you stash the overflow in the garage, hall closet or laundry room. Getting it all back into the kitchen will help you see what you have too much of or you have things that you’re not using.

Wow! Bet you didn’t think you had so much, huh? Eat! Donate! Invite the neighbors over for a cookout!

You get the idea. It’s time to get started!

Are you ready?