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Monday, October 11, 2010

8 Tips for Eliminating Clutter

Getting ready to list your home? One of the best things you can do to improve its appeal to prospective buyers is to get rid of clutter. Real estate agents often recommend that sellers de-clutter because it’s easy, inexpensive and can make a dramatic difference.

Here are some ways to eliminate clutter in your own home:

  • Remove things you don’t use on a daily basis. In the kitchen, that means putting away the juicer; in the
    family room, toss all the magazines and books you’ve been meaning to read for years. Try to make your
    rooms look spacious and airy
  • Organize shelves. Remove knick knacks and photographs.
  • Get rid of excess furniture. Make it easy to walk through rooms. Try to create an open floor plan.
  • Don’t forget about closets. Removing excess clothing from bedroom closets or towels from linen closets
    makes them appear larger. Everything should be neatly arranged and folded.
  • Clear walls. If you have a lot of photographs or paintings, consider removing some. A more minimalist
    look gives the appearance of a larger space.
  • Remove heavy curtains. Simple blinds or even bare windows let in more light and are more pleasing to
    the eye. Ornate curtains or other window treatments are visual clutter.
  • Stow possessions in closed storage. Rather than using open shelving, for example, use a storage unit
    with drawers and doors. Or stash extra blankets in a trunk at the foot of your bed rather than the closet.
  • Be honest when assessing your stuff. If you really don’t need it, get rid of it. You can trash it, hold a
    garage sale, donate it or sell it on eBay. Just think: The more you get rid of, the less you have to pack and move.

Interested in selling your home or learning more about eliminating clutter? Give our CENTURY 21 Adams & Barnes offices a call today at 626.358.1858 or 626.963.7621.

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