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Decluttering Tips for Home Staging

Buying and selling houses can be stressful due to market conditions, the location of your property and the price. One of the main reasons people decide to move is due to lack of space or because they are downsizing.  If your home looks fit to burst, it’ll be very hard to sell.  

The good news is, you can improve your home both inside and out. When you are preparing to put your house on the market, decluttering should be the first thing on your ‘to-do list’ and home staging makes you deal with home organisation and unfinished DIY projects that you have been putting off. In this article, we have included some useful decluttering tips for home staging and hope you find them useful.

What is clutter?

• Unfinished projects 

• Clothing, shoes, bedding, appliances and anything that you haven’t worn or used for years

• Hobby clutter, sentimental items and knick knacks

• Paperwork, children’s art, art projects, piles of books/magazines, disorganised photos, visible wires from electronics and boxes that you’ve kept in the loft for years

• Overflowing kitchen worktops

Why declutter before a move?

For the majority of us, the thought of getting rid of years of accumulated clutter from our home is overwhelming and a drain on our mental health. Where do you start? What do you get rid of? Will it take forever? Try to look at it this way. Getting rid of clutter will give you a head start on your packing.

You can chuck everything in boxes and deal with it later in your new home, but do you really want to do that? You’ll have enough to do in your new home without adding to the pressure of deciding on what to do with clutter from your previous house once you’ve moved. No doubt, the boxed up clutter will end up in your new loft or storage space never to be seen again!

Make sure that potential buyers see the beauty of your homes interior design. Ensure that they notice the spaciousness of your kitchen rather than piles of paperwork, cereal boxes and appliances covering every worktop. Too much stuff makes a room feel cramped and every room is important, no matter how small. 

A cluttered home can also give house hunters the impression that a home is dirty.

Storage Ideas:

• Rent a storage unit for the short term. 

• Decide on a plan for unwanted items; donate to a local charity shops.  Some local charities will also collect furniture that’s in good condition for free. Get your children involved maybe even offer paying them or their help or keep the profits for items that they sell that are theirs. 

Removal companies can take your packed boxes etc and keep them in storage for you.


What will I need to pack for the move?

1. Packing boxes in many of sizes. (Small boxes for books! They are too heavy if packed into large boxes). Pick up free used boxes at your local supermarket/community Facebook sites. You can also buy at storage outlets. 

2. Plastic storage bags (the ones that you suck all the air out of to make them less bulky)

3. Bubble wrap/newspaper for wrapping

4. Thick tape and permanent markers

5. Large bin bags for donations and rubbish

6. Old blankets for furniture

7. Cleaning supplies

For decluttering, you’ll need:

• Rubbish bags of various sizes• Bags and boxes for donations

• Containers and boxes for items to pack for your new home


How do I know where to begin? 

1.  Instead of trying to declutter the entire house at once, choose one space/area at a time. The bathroom will be the easiest and less daunting.

2.  Small spaces will allow you to see quicker progress which will encourage and motivate you to keep going. It can be a “junk” drawer, a set of drawers or a wardrobe.

3. Set a timer for 20 minutes and tackle just one area. Increase the time as you become more efficient. 

4.  Go through items, one by one. For sentimental items that you no longer need but have trouble getting rid of, put it to one side and look at it again the next day and make the decision to keep or chuck. You can always take a picture of it, then get rid of it!

5.  As you declutter, give each room a deep cleaning, therefore achieving two tasks at once.

Don’t expect to finish in one day!

Why home stage?

I would recommend that you home stage and declutter your home, before the estate agents take photos of your home. The photos need to be aspirational so that potential buyers are keen to view your property. This aspirational lifestyle needs to be maintained throughout the viewing process so that you get the sale.

Home staging ensures that your house stands out from the others. Buyers often buy on emotion so you can make a real difference to the feeling a potential buyer gets when they see your home.

Make sure that rooms look fit for purpose such as, the dining room is for eating rather than a junk room etc… and that furniture isn’t too large or too small for the space, making the rooms dimensions look wrong.

To do this you can …

  • Change the décor
  • Reorgainse the layout of the rooms
  • Change how the rooms are used e.g. changing a box room/dumping ground into an office/spare bedroom
  • Reduce your ‘stuff’. Make sure that all cupboards and doors open easily and clear any obstacles.  You don’t want things falling out of the cupboards when buyers open them. Doors need to open all the way. Anything that suggests a lack of space will turn your buyer off.
  • Clear ALL the clutter!

If you follow my decluttering tips for home staging you will gain more confidence and the home staging process will become easier to carry out. You do not need to spend a lot of money home staging. It can be as simple as buying new bedding, cushions, rugs, throws, a few plants and fresh flowers.

It may cost you a few hundred pounds to home stage and declutter but the results are worth it. If your home is still on the market after a few months just consider the extra expense of living in your home while waiting to sell or having to reduce the price, which could cost thousands.

Take Photos to help you

Firstly, take a photo of each room in your home and look carefully at the pictures. Even the most beautiful home can look awful in pictures because of light, furniture placed in the wrong position etc. Remember, the pictures the agent takes are the first thing that potential buyers see before they decide on whether to view your home or not. Your stuff will really stand out! Looking at your house as a whole will really help you to see the bigger picture.

Your house needs to look more like a show-home than a lived-in home. To achieve this look, maximise both space and layout. I know that we don’t live in ‘show homes’ but hopefully living as if we do, is only for a short while. Having less in it will mean you spend a lot less time tidying and cleaning which is stressful when you need to keep up with it for viewings. I hope that my ‘Decluttering Tips For Home Staging’ have helped you with your home staging task.

If you are too busy to undertake this project alone, please contact Helen Dyson at Clear Out Clutter.

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