Household items that won’t spark joy in home buyers

Organisational guru Marie Kondo and her KonMari method have taken the world by storm, and if you’re thinking about selling your home then there’s no better time to jump on the decluttering bandwagon.

One of the biggest bugbears of many sellers is decluttering their home. It can be hard to know what to keep and what to throw. It’s also hard to know which regular household items will bring down the overall presentation of a property.

Watching ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix may be a good place to start if you want to get your home clean and organised for sale time, and to figure out how to know what items will bring you joy, otherwise here a few things you may want to pay attention to.

Piles of magazines, newspapers or books

Old reading material can be one of the hardest things to get rid of in the home, especially if you intend to flip through those pages again one day.

Books may look good up on a bookshelf, but old magazines and newspapers would do better kept out of sight.

Decide what you want to keep, throw or recycle, while trying to be as ruthless as you can. Keep in mind that a lot of reading material is now available online so there’s often little need to hold onto the paper form.

Random household appliances

While things like air fryers and blenders may get used on the regular in your kitchen, they can use up precious space on your benchtops. It’s best to pack away items usually found on your kitchen benches so that home buyers can get a good appreciation of how much bench space there really is.

Kitchen cupboards may be a good place to store away any benchtop items; otherwise you could install some new kitchen shelving if your kitchen is short on space.

Overcrowded wardrobes

Nobody wants to see laundry baskets or cupboards overflowing with clothes when they visit an open home. To keep your clothes neat and tidy and well within the confines of your wardrobes it can be a good idea to store away off-season clothes that you’re unlikely to wear for the duration of your property sale.

Vacuum-sealed bags can cut down on the amount of space needed to store bulky items, freeing up your wardrobes and hanger space for just the bare essentials.

Too many pictures and photos  

A couple of photos and pieces of artwork can add a bit of character to a home, but if there are too many you run the risk of rooms looking too cluttered.

It’s best to keep wall hangings simple and remove anything that makes a home feel too personalised, after all you want buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in the property.

If you’re having a hard time decluttering your home then there are experts who can help you, otherwise it might be easier to pack away most things you think you won’t use for the duration of your property sale and keep them in storage until you move to your next home.

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