If you are trying to sell your house, you need the space to put its “best foot forward.” You need a clutter-free home to enable others to see the potential your house has to become their home. Clutter is a hurdle you must clear to make that happen.
What Is Clutter Blindness?
Once you live in a space for awhile, you no longer see the clutter. It “blends” into the background and your eyes skip over it. Your brain no longer registers the over-full bookshelves, the stuff on surfaces or the stacks of things in that dark corner. Clutter blindness is part self-defense (you don’t have to worry about and deal with what you don’t see) and part familiarity.
To stage your home, you need a method to break that pattern of blindness so you can see the clutter that needs to be cleaned.
How To See the Clutter Again
A simple trick you can use to see your own clutter (if you don’t plan to hire a professional stager to help you see it and deal with it), is to use a video camera. You can borrow one, or you can even use the one on your smart-phone.
Go room by room and film every inch. Pretend you are showing the house, on video, to a potential buyer. Open all the cabinets. Film inside every closet. Visit the basement, attic, and garage with the camera recording.
Next Steps: Clutter-Busting!
Watch that video (preferably on a large screen monitor or television) and take notes. Pause the film as needed to make complete notes on clutter you see and things that need to be handled before potential buyers visit your house (or even before your real estate agent sees it for the first time, if you have recently decided to sell).
Go room-by-room and handle everything on your list. Once you have completed a room, video-tape your “tour” again.
When the video looks the way it should, for every room, storage area and utility space in and around your house — you are ready to call your agent and announce that you are now ready to sell.
NOTE: The same clutter-busting methods work outside to help you improve your curb appeal!