When The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up debuted on Netflix back in 2019, organization consultant Mario Kondo’s new show sparked renewed interest in decluttering and minimalism. These two topics are often difficult for homeowners to address, especially when they’re planning on selling their home.
When you’re preparing to list your home, taking the time to declutter is an important part of www. A staged home is one that looks a lot like the homes you see in catalogs. The home is cleaned and made to be neutral, with just a few personalized touches designed to showcase the home’s best features. When a home is staged, then potential buyers can more easily imagine themselves living there. If a home is cluttered, or filled with too many trinkets and personalized items, then it can be hard for buyers to picture themselves in the space.
According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are staged sell over 70% faster than homes that are not.
What Is the KonMari Method of Organizing?
The KonMari method is Marie Kondo’s guide for tidying a home. Marie Kondo’s website says of the method:
“Most tidying methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”
Many people appreciate the philosophical nature of Marie Kondo’s method, but even if you’re not sentimental, this advice can be incredibly helpful. As a homeowner, you can use the KonMari method to make a plan for reducing clutter and preparing your home to be viewed by potential buyers.
Using the KonMari Method to Sell Your Home
If you have too much clutter in your home, then it can be easy to lose sight of the exciting features of your house. For instance, you might have forgotten about a room’s large size or the amount of space in a closet. These are attributes that buyers will appreciate about your home.
Reducing clutter will help you quickly spot problems with your house that may have gone unnoticed, too. What about that stain on the carpet or that broken door handle? Taking care of the little things will show buyers that you care about the big things, too. They’ll be more likely to move forward with the sale when they see that your home has been well-maintained.
After you’ve decluttered, it’s a good idea to go ahead and safely pack personal items, like framed photographs, rather than keep them up and hanging in the house. You want your house to be a blank slate for the next buyer. Plus, packing your items before the sale will help you be able to move out of your old house and into your new one even faster!
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