The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

I thought this article was very timely as I have two listings at the moment for families who are moving out of state and need to do some major decluttering!  One of the families have lived in the house for 14 years so their job is very large.  Even if you are not moving I think this advice is valuable to make a plan each year to tidy closets and get rid of things that are no longer of use to you.  I read an article in the past that said if you haven’t worn it or touched it for a year then it should go.  Also, even if you purchased the item a few months ago thinking that you couldn’t live without it and now look at it and know you will never wear or use it, it should go!  I love to accumulate “stuff”, it is one of my favorite hobbies, but then it sits and I never use it.  I am going to try to take the advice of this article and try to thank my items for their service and send them on their way.  What about you?  Are you up to the challenge?

Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters 2019

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale | MyKCM

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.

“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.”

When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!

“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”

When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.

When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move!

Bottom Line

Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home!

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