When you put your home on the market, one of the first things you need to do is de-clutter. But you already know that.
But what do you do with your clutter? If you’re like most people, you may stick it in the best hiding place available: your closet(s).
Unfortunately, the closets are among the most important things to buyers looking for new digs. If the closet if stuffed to the gills, the message the buyer gets is “This home does not have enough storage.”
Here are some tips for eliminating the scare factor in your closets when your home is for sale:
- Empty your closet and thoroughly clean it – no cob webs or dust bunnies allowed!
- Pack away or donate seasonal and rarely worn items, especially bulky coats and sweaters.
- Too many shoes makes the space seem smaller. Pack shoes you rarely wear.
- Sort clothes by type: sleeveless together, short sleeve together, long sleeve together, etc. There should have enough space for hangers to glide somewhat freely across the rod.
- Use matching hangers for a uniform look. Eliminate unused hangers.
- Put a basket of scented soaps on the shelf to make it smell nice. A stale smelling closet is a turn off.
What to do with those shoes and items that take up too much space, but you can’t pack them away yet? Get plastic sweater boxes with lids, and slide them under your bed…out of sight.
Need more inspiration? Get some closet clutter busting tips here.
Here is a Myth vs. Fact article on de-cluttering on HowStuffWorks.com.
Putting your home on the market can be really intimidating – there is often much to do to prepare your home for sale and make it appealing to buyers. De-cluttering is the cheapest and often the most effective step to take!
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