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Creating an Inviting Space to Sell: How organization and reduced clutter can bring you top dollar.

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

As realtors, your expertise lies not only in finding the perfect properties for your clients but also in presenting those properties in the best possible light.

The first impression a potential buyer gets when they step into a house can greatly influence their decision-making process.

A cluttered and disorganized space can turn off even the most enthusiastic buyer. That's why we're here to guide you through the process of preparing a house for showing, by reducing clutter and organizing the home.

Remember, a well-organized and clutter-free space can speak volumes about the property's potential and help potential buyers envision their future there.

Decluttering vs. Hoarding:

Before diving into the practical steps, let's address the difference between clutter and hoarding so we know what we’re dealing with. Most people tend to have clutter. Clutter refers to the accumulation of excess items that impede the functionality and aesthetic appeal of a space.

On the other hand, hoarding is a more serious condition characterized by a compulsive need to acquire and keep possessions, often leading to an overwhelming accumulation that disrupts daily life.

While clutter can be addressed through organization and careful curation, hoarding requires professional intervention and support. As realtors, understanding this distinction can help you approach your clients' homes with empathy and provide appropriate guidance. If you run into this scenario, I’ve seen it before, and I can help. Give me a call.

Step 1: Set the Stage for Success

Start by walking through the property with the homeowner and identifying areas that need decluttering. Encourage them to detach emotionally from items they no longer use or need. Explain that a clean and organized space will help potential buyers better appreciate the property's features. For more simple decluttering tips check out our previous blog here.

Step 2: The Three-Box Method

Introduce the three-box method to the homeowners. Have them label boxes as "Keep," "Donate/Sell," and "Dispose." This simple yet effective strategy helps homeowners make quick decisions about their belongings. Items they wish to keep should have a clear purpose and place in the home.

Step 3: Room-by-Room Organization

Guide homeowners through each room, offering suggestions on how to organize items. Encourage them to remove personal items such as family photos and overly specific décor that might distract buyers from envisioning themselves in the space. Consider suggesting neutral and minimalistic decor to create a welcoming atmosphere.

Step 4: Storage Solutions

If the property lacks adequate storage space, suggest creative storage solutions. This could involve adding shelves, hooks, or storage bins to help keep belongings organized and out of sight. For a larger house or project consider hiring a professional service. Check out our decluttering and storage solution services here.

Step 5: Deep Cleaning and Maintenance

In addition to decluttering, emphasize the importance of a deep clean. A spotless property indicates that the homeowners have taken good care of the space. This includes cleaning windows, carpets, and fixtures, as well as addressing any minor repairs.

Step 6: Curb Appeal Matters

Don't forget to extend your decluttering efforts to the exterior of the property. A well maintained yard and entrance create a positive first impression. Make sure the front entryway is inviting. Encourage homeowners to trim bushes, weed flower beds, and refresh the paint if needed.


By guiding homeowners through the process of decluttering and organizing, you'll help them showcase their property in the best possible way.

Remember, your role as a realtor extends beyond just listing homes; you're a valuable resource that can provide guidance and support in presenting properties that potential buyers can truly envision themselves living in. Through clutter reduction and organization, you're not only helping your clients but also contributing to the success of their home sale and your own professional reputation.

As always, if you need a hand, we’re happy to help. Click here to check out some testimonials from clients that chose to hire a professional organizing service.

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