Open House Ready: A Guide to Declutter Your Home Fast

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April 7, 2021

By Lindsay Christian | Jan 7, 2021

So you need to declutter your home fast? Turning your home into an open house can oftentimes feel overwhelming. You might be experiencing anxiety with thoughts of strangers walking around your house, judging your living space. Tim from tells us that many times, a real estate agent will give only a day’s notice, maybe three days if they are generous, to take your house from the hoarder’s nest to HGTV ready.

The average home buyer is rarely able to overlook much clutter and see the potential behind the mess. This will greatly impact the quantity and the value of offers you will receive. In fact, the presentation of the house may even determine whether someone decides to make an offer at all.

Studies prove investing the time in decluttering your home could translate to much higher offers. The asking increases itself 3-5% in this way.

Just ask Clarissa Mendoza one of Denver’s top real estate agents. “When a house is a mess, it’s a big problem. It makes it a lot harder for the buyers to visualize the place as their own” notes Mendoza. “I once had a client pass on a gorgeous property, just because he couldn’t see past the clutter. I also have some anxious buyers who just the process is done as soon as possible. They see a huge mess as a sign that the sellers are not prepared to move. You really must go the extra mile to sell that house. You have to make space look like it has the ability to take on any kind of style, any taste.”  

Now that you are convinced that a clean home is a way to go, let us talk about how to make it happen. Cleaning up a cluttered home can be tackled the same way it got there in the first place – one step at a time!

The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Most professional organizers will tell you this is the part most people mess up. If you take on a big project like this without a clear, thought-out plan, it will take you more time in the long run.

You will only need a few simple supplies to get started: 1-2 rolls of heavy-duty garbage bags, 2 bins for “keep” and “donate,” and a dust mask.

Let Your Family Help You Declutter Your Home Fast!

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Do you have a family? Great! You can divide and conquer. Assign each family member a task such as collecting all the clothes on the floor or putting away the dishes. If you notice that the common areas contain a lot of items from various family members, you can get a different colored bin for each person and separate the items accordingly. 

Go from room to room, organizing and separating items to keep and donate. Handle sentimental items with care and make sure that the area around them is clean from dust and cobwebs. such Pet toys or books and magazines can be organized in baskets around the home. These little touches can really polish up a home’s overall appearance and declutter your home fast.

Try to make this time as fun as possible. Can you have a race for who fills up their bin the fastest? Have an upbeat playlist to keep you moving and motivated. Download an interesting podcast or Audiobook.

“I was surprised just how much my family had for donations,” says George Kataka, whose house recently closed escrow in Orange County, California. “My daughters had outgrown a lot of clothes and shoes that were still hanging in their closets and in good condition. They had a ton of toys that they no longer played with that were just laying around the house. Teaching them the spirit of giving was an unexpected benefit of moving.”

Have a few organizations in mind for dropping off your donations. If you have larger furniture to donate you may need to schedule a pick-up.

In 2-3 days’ time, you will have a tidy house that will, not only make your moving process much easier but will also showcase your home in an inviting light. Once your initial decluttering is complete, you may only need a few hours’ notices to vacuum or wash dishes to be open house ready.

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