Mar 122012

De-clutter is a bad word.

Realtors® are often confronted with the hopeful home seller who just has too much”stuff”.  Souvenirs, knick-nacks, antiques, children’s shop projects, collectibles, photos of their grandparents, photo of their grandchildren; to a potential buyer it is all “stuff”

If you tell a potential seller that they need to de-clutter, their  “stuff” are all treasures.

If you are thinking of selling, put your treasures in a treasure chest(s) and store them in the basement, garage or a storage unit- make the house look more spacious .

de-clutterYears of collecting souvenirs, antiques and nick-knacks may add charm to your home, but it can also clutter. It is important to note that when selling your home, potential buyers may not be able to see past your décor to appreciate its true beauty. Some buyers will hardly look at a house because all their attention is being caught by an abundance of antique furniture, oriental rugs and fine art.

Even though your taste may be impeccable, a home can be too full of ‘”stuff'”, even too well decorated. It is difficult for people to mentally imagine placing their own furniture into a home when it is cluttered, or filled with lots of fine collectibles and treasures.

Every area in your home will look better half-full – even your closets. Take out half the clothes in your closet and remove half the small appliances littering your kitchen counters, you’ll be surprised how much better your house will look. Even a fridge full of magnets can be distracting. Granted many people can see beyond your treasures, but some can not. 

So, don’t think of it as de-cluttering, think of it as storing your treasures!