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Declutter (and Sell) Your Home with 5 Quick Tips!

Finding that sweet spot between depersonalized and barren can be tricky when you’re putting your house on the market. With these five tips, though, we’re here to help make the process as easy as possible!

family1. Keep the pictures to a minimum.
We know that your kids are cute. Trust us! If it were up to us, every house would sell best if it were just plastered with family pictures and drawings that your kids have done. Unfortunately, though, homes tend to sell more quickly when people can picture themselves living in the house, and that’s much harder to do when there’s a picture of your family on the wall at every corner. It’s about finding a balance, though. Leaving a few high-quality pictures up here and there can add a bit of life to a home. It’s usually better to air on the side of less pictures, though. Show them that this house is just waiting for them and their own adorable pictures!


2. Clean off your kitchen counters.

Kitchen depersonalization can be tough, but because it’s often a quality kitchen that will sell a home, it’s worth going through the hassle. After all, even the most beautiful kitchens can start to feel cluttered if they have too many things sitting around. As essential as they seem, we recommend that you take clunky objects like toaster ovens, knife sets, and anything else you typically keep on the counter for convenience and tuck them away to make your counters feel more spacious. That being said, you don’t want to cross the line into too empty, so make sure that you leave a few nicely decorative items. We particularly like to leave cute sugar/flour canisters, as well as attractive spice sets. Basically, the rule of thumb is to leave anything that can double as attractive decor and which isn’t just there because it makes life easier.


messy3. Keep the kids’ rooms under control.
It can be hard enough to keep the main sections of your on-the-market home depersonalized and clutter free, so trust us when we say that we understand the struggle of keeping your kids’ rooms clean, too. After all, toys just have a way of appearing out of thin air in the five minute rush to get out the door before a showing is planned to arrive. Still, as difficult as it is, having your kids keep their rooms clean is a super important part of helping leave a good impression on your potential buyers. Not all buyers will have kids, so you don’t want a room to feel like it can only belong to a kid. Not everyone has the imagination to look past a pile of toy trucks in the corner to see that they could put a desk there instead. If you manage to keep their messes under control, this problem is less likely to come up.




4. Hide the laundry!

This is another tough one, but it’s just as important. Obviously life goes on when you put your house on the market, and you’re still going to have to do laundry. The key, though, is making sure that you start keeping your laundry in more subtle places. A closed hamper is still alright to keep in a bathroom or bedroom, but any sort of open basket will need to go somewhere less noticeable. After all, can you imagine walking into a room of a house you’re considering only to see their dirty clothes just hanging out? It’s not something that leaves a great impression, so it’s a much better idea to pretend like laundry just doesn’t exist for the people visiting your home.




5. Stash your important documents.

Keeping things like passwords, bank account statements, and personal documents in a hidden/protected space is smart anyway, but while your house is on the market, it’s especially important. First of all, having sheets of paper out is a no go for creating a pristine environment, and there is also the rare chance that the person looking at your home won’t be quite as respectful or honest as you are. While most people would never think of disrupting another person’s things, it’s still better safe than sorry when you have strangers walking through your home. Make sure that you put away anything that you think could be in danger. Then you won’t have to spend any time worrying about it, and you won’t provide any tempting situations for your new potential buyers!



These tips have been brought to you by Maria Sims Group, a company dedicated to making sure that you’re in the best home for you. If you have any questions about our company or would like to ask about a personalized list of homes that would fit your needs, please reach out. Our homepage can be found at or you can call us at 404-805-0673.

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