One of the best things you can do to help sell your house (and to help yourself when moving) is to clear out clutter. We’re not talking about just shoving it in various drawers and boxes but actually binning it! This is what we suggest you do.
1. Start in one place and set a target or decide how much you are going to do, i.e. a wardrobe, a bookcase, the cabinets in your kitchen and stop once you’ve finished. Start at the top and work your way down moving left to right.
2. Don’t try to do it all in one day as you will almost definitely fail! It is virtually impossible to de-clutter an entire house in one day and you will feel miserable and defeated when you don’t.
3. If you haven’t worn something in over a year, in all likelihood you will never wear it again. Throw any items of clothing, shoes or bags in a black bag and bring all those items to a charity shop.
4. Bin any broken items. In Feng Shui it is believed that broken items in your house encourages bad energy. Regardless of whether this is true or not, broken items just fill your house with useless clutter.
5. Get those boxes of photos, throw out duplicates or unwanted photos and put the ones you wish to keep into photo albums.
6. If you have new or unopened toys then take them to St. Vincent de Paul who will give them to a needy child for Christmas.
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7. If you save old newspapers or magazines to read later then be warned, they are actually a fire hazard as they can dry out and go on fire. They are especially dangerous in attics. If you haven’t read that article or newspaper within a fortnight, then it’s time to get rid of it. This also applies to all those old catalogues and takeaway menu’s you have in a cupboard somewhere.
8. Go through your kitchen cabinets fridge and freezer and bin anything that is past its best before date. Food should generally only be frozen for 3 months, so if there is something in your freezer and you don’t know how long it has been there, bin it.
9. Don’t forget your shed or garage. They often become dumping grounds for things that aren’t wanted enough to keep in the house but which you can’t bring yourself to throw out. If these items have been relegated to your garage, it’s time to let them go.
10. While you’re in the garage, don’t forget to dispose of partially used cans of paint, old gardening tools, cleaning materials and anything flammable. These items should be taken to your local dump and disposed of correctly, not placed in the bin.
11. Every house has a huge amount of electronic clutter, from old phones and chargers, working but unused tv’s that were put away to make room for the flatscreen, laptops that take a week to start so have been replaced by a newer model and much more. Get a large cardboard box or storage crate and make your way around the house, putting these items in the box/crate. You will be amazed at how much you find. Don’t forget to dispose of these items correctly in your local recycling centre.
12. You do not need all those old business cards and files. If you haven’t connected with the person on LinkedIn, contacted them or looked at those old files in the past year, let them go.
13. Don’t forget, once you have de-cluttered a room, you can always go back in a week time and spend an hour going through it again. You will often find that some of those items you couldn’t throw out last week are easier to throw out second time round.