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SOLD: Decluttering to Sell Your Home

With a hot real estate market, we want to make sure that you get the most for your home. It's not a secret that depersonalizing and decluttering can have a big impact on the sale price of your home and also how fast it can sell. But where to begin!? 


The Professional Organizers of Canada share their top five strategies that residential organizers implement when helping clients get ready to sell their homes. See the link at the bottom for the original article. 


  1. Organize room by room: Organizing room by room will help make getting your home ready to sell manageable. Start with the rooms that often host the most clutter such as the spare bedroom, office or storage room.
  2. De-personalize: Remember that you're selling an asset not a home. Remove any personal memorabilia such as photos, trinkets or kid's toys. This will help prospective buyers envision themselves living there and stop them from feeling like they're intruding in your space when they look around.
  3. Look at horizontal surfaces and reduce the clutter: Buyers need to see that there's plenty of storage space available. Remove most of what sits on counter, table and dresser tops, mantles, tops of fridges, cupboard units, and large pieces of furniture like bookcases and entertainment units. Leave only a few coordinated, decorative items on a mantle or end table. Also look objectively at all closets and cupboards. If they look cluttered and crowded, review the contents and pack away excess items you want to keep, until after the house is sold.
  4. Create space: Purge and pack up anything you don't want, don't need or aren't using. Consider getting rid of niche decor items as different people have different tastes and this may turn the buyer off of the home. Pack these items away until after the house is sold. 
  5. Walk through your home with the eye of a buyer: Look for the first things that catch your eye, where the eye is drawn to and distractions. Focus on fixing these distractions as this can work towards the seller's advantage.

We are so excited to be interviewing Ladysmith's own professional organzier Diana Laflamme, with Refresh Your Space on Wednesday July 27, 2016. We will be getting information from Diana on how a personal organizer can help you with the sale of your home, or even just to help get control of the clutter in your life! If you have any questions you think we should ask her, please post in the comments and we'll be sure to add them to our list!


Diana is a mesmber of the Professional Organizers of Canada; a national registered non-profit association that provides education, business development tools and a code of ethics for all types of organizers across Canada. Currently representing over 500 Professional Organizers in more than 14 chapters nation-wide. POC also works to educate the public about the organizing industry and the benefits of working with a POC member.

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