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5 Things NOT to Do When Decluttering

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The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and, the breeze blowing through the open windows in the house all mean…spring cleaning is here!

While decluttering your house when you are preparing to sell is a critical step to winning the hearts of potential buyers, it is just as important to clear the obstacle course that has been created in the home you love. So, as you prepare to tackle the task, here are five tips of what NOT to do when decluttering your home.

Don’t Start Without a Plan
Before you grab a trash can and wipe all the clutter on your dresser into the trash, take a few minutes to come up with a game plan. What is the final result you want to achieve? Do you want a playroom for the kids that has an area for toys, an area for reading, and an area for gymnastics? Or, do you want a bedroom that is just a bedroom and not a bedroom/laundry room/office?

Once you know where you want to go, you can make a plan on how to get there.

Don’t Plan to Declutter in One Day
As the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day” and either was your hallway obstacle course. Using your new decluttering plan, set aside 30 mins a day or a couple of hours on a Saturday to work on one of the areas.

Taking the plan and breaking it down into mini-goals will give you mini-celebrations of progress along the way.

Don’t Buy Storage Containers…Yet
While it may be tempting to buy the toy storage containers to meet the goal of organizing the kids’ playroom, it is better to start with plain old moving boxes or other cheap, disposable containers.

Label the boxes Keep, Throw Away, Donate, Sell, and Return to Owner. Once you have identified what items are staying, you can buy the appropriate containers that will help the space stay organized.

Don’t Have a “Just In Case” Box
There may be a day when you will need to have two blenders running at the same time or when you will actually read all those books or wear those shoes again. But, in the meantime, there may be someone else who could be using those items now.

If it is a favorite outfit or toy your child played with when they were younger, take a picture for a scrapbook (or go ahead and just get rid of all those scrapbook supplies you never used with the toy) or take a stroll around the house one last time in those fancy high heels and then put the items in the Donate or Sell box.

Don’t Run Out & Buy New Stuff
Did you donate those shoes and now feel the need to buy a new pair to fill its place? How about planning a party to celebrate the accomplishment of decluttering your home! Give yourself time to enjoy the newly organized rooms before deciding what pieces you need to add to the space that will enhance the room.

Are you ready to take on the challenge of decluttering your home? If so, get your Sell box ready and plan to attend a Community Yard Sale and Document Shredding Event on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9 am-12 pm, located at the parking lot of Fairway Independent Mortgage, located at 7001 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville, VA 20155. Limited spaces are available for free to sell your items! Send an email to [email protected] to reserve a spot today!

And, don’t forget to bring all those financial and personal documents that you need securely shredded — for free! I’ll be excited to celebrate the victory of decluttering your home with you!

Jen McCann, RealtorJen McCann, a Realtor who specializes in helping home buyers and sellers in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, knows a house is more than just three bedrooms, two baths, and garage. It's an investment in your life — one of the biggest you'll ever make! Jen also believes more information leads to better decisions! That's why she is dedicated to educating first time home buyers and seasoned homeowners before and during the home buying and selling process.

In addition to private consultations, Jen hosts in-person seminars and online webinars for buyers and sellers. These free, no-obligation opportunities are an excellent way to understand the ever-changing market, what things families need to consider when buying or selling, and much, much more! Visit Jen McCann, Realtor, at RE/MAX Gateway, 7521 Virginia Oaks Dr., Ste. 100 | Gainesville, VA 20155. Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | O: (703) 754-1700 | M: (703) 587-8787.

This postings is solely Jen McCann's own opinions and do not represent the views of RE/MAX Gateway. Each office independently owned and operated.

The postings on this site are solely the opinions of Jen McCann and do not represent the views of RE/MAX Gateway. Each office independently owned and operated.

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