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How to Keep Clutter at Bay when Selling

by Gary Smith 11/24/2019

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It’s easy for a home to get out of hand with all the things that come through the door every week. Here are a few tips for keeping up with the never-ending clutter that enters your home.

Create a Shoe Station

Set up a location at each entry door for family members and guests to remove shoes and boots. Keeping dirt and debris at the entry and not trekked into the house reduces how often you must clean. It also keeps allergens, toxins and grime off your carpet and away from your family.

Organize the Paper

While newspapers are a thing of the past for most households, junk-mail, circulars and bills seem to keep coming. First, unsubscribe from any magazines and catalogs that you don’t want or use. Then, set up a table or shelf near the door to sort your mail. Toss the circulars and shred the junk mail before it gets further into the room. Sign up for electronic versions of your bills to reduce those as well.

Nix Junk Drawers

Everyone has at least one, and many folks have one in every room … it’s those pesky drawers, baskets or bins that fill up with pens, buttons, receipts, tape, scissors, batteries and random indeterminate objects you think might be important. They take up space but don’t contribute to organization. Start with the smallest one. Remove any receipts and take a picture of them with your phone. Then toss the receipt. If it’s important, you have the details and won’t worry if the thermal paper fades to an unreadable blur. 

Next, test all the pens and pencils. If they’re broken or inkless, toss them. Find a small box to store all the batteries in one place. As you move from room to room, collect the batteries and organize them in the box to store on a shelf. Electronic items such as charger cords and blocks belong in another box.

These three simple hacks go a long way toward helping you keep your home in order. That way, when it comes time to sell, you’re ready for the surprise visit from a buyer or the call from your agent when you’re far from home. Ask your real estate professional about other ideas to keep your home show-ready.

About the Author
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Gary Smith

After 18 years of successfully selling real estate in NJ, I returned home to CT, where I grew up and have family, in 2008 to begin a new chapter in my life both personally and professionally. Together with my practice in both states, I am entering my 29th year in this wonderful business and bring a wealth of knowledge to my practice. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. My Accounting education and experience provides me with an additional set of tools that sets me apart. I believe in home ownership. I find joy in helping people reach their real estate goals and dreams. I define my business as part sales and part social services. My clients are in my life long after the sale is completed. I like to entertain and do so with my clients! References provided upon request.

Towns I Have Sold In

As a Woodbury resident, with an office in Plantsville, I provide for clients throughout Connecticut with the integrity and trust they expect and deserve by building long term relationships. Listed alphabetically, the following towns are those where I have represented either buyers or sellers in successfully selling homes:

Beacon Falls | Berlin | Bethlehem | Bloomfield | Bridgeport | Bristol | Chesire | East Hartford | Glastonbury | Granby | Harwinton | Litchfield | Middletown | Meriden | Morris | Naugatuck | New Hartford | New Milford | Newtown | Oakville | Oxford | Plainville | Plymouth | Prospect | Seymour | Sherman | South Windsor | Southbury | Southington | Stratford | Thomaston | Torrington | Trumbull | Washington | Waterbury | Watertown | West Hartford | Wethersfield | Windsor Locks | Winsted | Wolcott | Woodbury