Home Selling Tips: 4 Steps to Decluttering with Kids

The number one recommendation that real estate experts offer when asked about home selling tips is simple: declutter. Getting rid of excess belongings will make your home appear larger and more inviting, which often translates to selling faster and for more money.

But if you’ve got kids in the house, decluttering often seems like a monumental task, if not an impossibility. Between toys, video games, clothes, shoes, papers, and art supplies, kid stuff seems to take over the house, and if you’ve got more than one child, the “stuff” seems to multiply exponentially.

But decluttering is essential and important, so follow these simple steps, and house hunters will hardly know that children live there.

  1. Go through everything and get rid of broken toys and outgrown clothes. Be prepared, because this is a big task, but well worth it in the end. You’re not going to want to take these things with you anyway, so why not do it now and reap the benefit? The several garbage bags full of stuff you’ll take out of the house will motivate you to keep going too.
  2. Pick out one weeks worth of clothing and put the rest in storage bins. Remember, it’s only temporary, and putting extra clothing away will free up closet and drawer space to hide other items.
  3. Put half (or more) of the toys that are left in storage containers. Take these and the ones with clothing and put them in a storage unit or ask to use some space in a nearby friend or family member’s garage. Things will be close by if the children get tired of wearing the same things or miss some of their other toys. You can easily swap them out for different ones.
  4. Invest in double-duty furnishings. When someone wants to see the house, you never want to say no. So if your house is a mess, you want to have places you an easily stash toys and clutter. Think about getting a coffee table with some sort of built in drawers or storage in it for the living room. A bench with a lift-up seat by the door can hold shoes, hats, and other things that get dropped by the entryway. And a toybox with a lid can make cleaning up bedrooms fast and easy. There’s a little bit of a financial investment for these items, but remember they will be going with you to your new home, and you can put them to good use there.

Decluttering with children in the house is definitely a challenge, but it is possible. If you’re trying to sell your house, it’s well worth the effort. For more tips on selling your home, contact us.

Manter Realty Group: February Open House schedule

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Amazing Condos and location

When: Saturday February 1,st, 2014 12_exterior

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Where: Carriage Crossing Condos,Middletown CT  Units 190 & 228

Properties overview: Both units are 2 bedroom 2 bath first floor units. One boasting 950sqft and the other 840sqft. Great condo complex.

 

 

Fully Renovated lakehouse

lake driveWhen: Sunday February 2’nd, 2014

Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Where: 109 Williams st, Wallingford, CT

Properties overview:Want a turn-key home that looks like it’s straight out of a magazine
In town Wallingford beauty w 3 BRs, 2 full BAs;Gorgeous KIT w granite & ss apps;Open floor plan w beautiful hardwood floors, new carpet & tile;New windows;1st flr laundry.

 

 

 

Other Open Houses for the month of February

Like New Construction:

109 williamsWhen: Saturday February 8’th, 2014

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Where: 109 Williams st, Wallingford, CT

Properties overview: Want a turn-key home that looks like it’s straight out of a magazine
In town Wallingford beauty w 3 BRs, 2 full BAs;Gorgeous KIT w granite & ss apps;Open floor plan w beautiful hardwood floors, new carpet & tile;New windows;1st flr laundry.

 

 

Luxury living: Desirable Neighborhood

14 blue orchardWhen: Sunday, February 9’th, 2014

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Where: 14 Blue orchard Dr, Middletown, CT

Properties overview: Fully renovated 3 bedroom 2 bath raised ranch with wide open floor plan and 2 car garage. located in the beautiful Wesleyan Hills Community at the end of a Cul-de-sac

 

 

Newer Construction

quiet brook

 

When: Saturday, February 15’Th, 2014

Where: 48 Quiet Brook Court, Meriden, Ct

Property Overview: With a Brand New Price, This Large Young Cape With Contemporary Flair Located On Cul-De-Sac in Quiet Hidden Valley Subdivision. Home Features 1St Floor Master Suite, Wood Floors, 1St Floor Family,W Fireplace, Formal Living & Dining Room W Vaulted Ceiling, & More. Close To Everything

 

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