Ideally, you’ve moved out of your St George home before you put it on the market. However, most of us need to sell our current home before we can move on to another one. Therefore, we continue living in our houses during the home sale process. You still need to make your home presentable to potential buyers. That means decluttering. But what about storing your stuff? That may take a little ingenuity.
Storing Your Stuff When Selling Your St George Home
First, before you store your stuff, you need to sort your stuff. And this needs to start ASAP. Everyone owns “junk”. The longer you live in one place, the more “junk” you accumulate. These odds and ends must be sorted into three piles: donate, sell, and trash. For clothing, get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the last year. Gently used items can be donated or sold at a yard sale. Trash the rest. Same goes for books, tapes, housewares, tools, etc. If you haven’t used them in the last 12 months, they just take up space. Get rid of them.
What do you do with what’s left? Keep in mind that buyers will look through closets, drawers, cabinets, and garages to see how much or how little space is available. Therefore, shoving boxes into closets and the garage isn’t an option. But, you can hide things in plain sight. It’s easier than you think.
Bedrooms – If a storage unit is not in your budget for storing your stuff, you’re going to have to get a little clever. Professional stagers recommend clearing out half of the things in your closets. Pack the extra clothing into your luggage and tuck those under the bed. What’s left in the closet should be organized according to color. This is much more appealing to the eye and only takes a few minutes. When you wash and hang up your clothes from that point on, just put them back in their color-coded sections. It’ll save you time getting ready in the morning, too.
Bathrooms – Clear the counters of extra products. Put make-up away in decorative boxes. College students use shower caddies to easily transport the things they need from their room to the shower and back. Buy one for each of your bathrooms. That way, when you shower, you have everything you need. But, when you’re done, the caddy tucks everything neatly away underneath the vanity.
Kitchen – Storing your stuff in the kitchen may appear difficult. But, it’s not. Place bigger items on the top shelf of upper cabinets or at the back of larger bottom cabinets, out of view. This clears off the countertops. Neatly stack dishes and cups inside the cupboard without crowding them against each other. Coffee, sugar, flour, etc, can either be stored in simple matching containers on the countertop or in decorative baskets in the pantry. The goal is to have access to what you need on a daily basis without it cluttering your space.
Storing your stuff in boxes in the garage and closets should be avoided when possible. A little time, energy and ingenuity allow you to easily store things out of sight of buyers.
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