Alt-Text: A tidy and clean living space.

Decluttering tasks you must complete if you want to sell your home

Are you thinking about selling your place? There are many things to consider. First of all, some prep work is to be done in your home. And it would be best if you started with decluttering tasks you must complete if you want to sell your home. There are many areas in your home that will need addressing, but for a start, let's take a look at the essential ones. 

Decluttering tasks – section by section

There are several things potential buyers will consider when they come to view your home. You need to try and ensure that any prospective buyers see a tidy, comfortable, and spacious place. And you can achieve this by decluttering every area in your home.

Entryway and Hallways

A buyers' first impression will depend upon your entryway and hallways appearance. 

  • Set up a coat rack in your entryway and hang only your most-used jackets and coats. Go through your belongings and sort them out. Donate or sell the ones that you don't need anymore. You could vacuum seasonal coats with your other seasonal belongings. Leave enough room on the hangers for buyers' coats. 

  • Sort out your shoes and accessories. It would be best to donate or throw away anything that you don't need or want. You can put things that you need but don't use at the moment in storage bins and place them under the bed or in storage. Hallways and entryways are mostly narrow, so decluttering here will make them seem more spacious. 

  • If you have a bundle of mail and papers near your entryway, you need to place a letter holder somewhere or find an appropriate place to store these. Ensure that it looks sorted and neat.

  • Remember that it is vital for pet owners to tidy and put away their pets' leads, beads, and toys. If possible, try to minimize any pet odor

Living room

People spend most of their time in the living room, so this space needs to look tidy, fresh, and clean. 

Alt-Text: A living room that is cleaned and decluttered.

Caption: There are decluttering tasks that you must complete so that your house looks tidy and neat.

The most effective way to declutter the living room is to remove excess furniture. Depending on the state of the furniture, you can sell it, take it to your new home, or if you have not yet decided what to do with it, you can pack it in a storage facility until you need it again. If you are not sure how to pack your furniture or need help with packing for your move, you could contact professional movers. They will do this faster and easier and enable you to focus on all the other tasks. 

Tidy your bookshelves, sort through your magazines; anything that feels over the top should be stored somewhere else. If you have throw pillows or any accessories that seem to be crowding the place, they should be removed from the room.

As much as you like to look at your family photos and show off your favorite works of art, it may not be wise to display everything when you have people over to look at the home. Potential buyers want to imagine themselves living there. So, it would be best to store your memories and art away for the time being. Maybe keep some neutral pieces and place them where they can draw the buyers' focus and attention from a space that you dislike. Putting mirrors in hallways and rooms can help you create an illusion of a larger space. 


The kitchen, living room, and bathroom have the most drawing power in terms of potential buyers. When dealing with the kitchen, you need to pay special attention.

Decluttering drawers and cupboards will require superb dedication. Remember that you are selling your home so you can move to a new one. Packing your cutlery and kitchen appliances can be tricky, so the more belongings you leave behind, sell, donate or throw away, the easier it will be for you to pack. It will also reduce costs. Go through your cupboards, and if you see anything you don't use at least once a week, discard it.

When you finish with the cupboards and drawers, there will be some spare space that you can fill with the appliances that you don't use frequently. The work surfaces should be clean and as empty as possible.

If your fridge is plastered with magnets, artworks, and personal reminders, you should put these away. 

Alt-Text: Decluttered, cleaned, and staged kitchen.

Caption: If you want your kitchen to sparkle, you will need to put in the effort and work hard to declutter and clean the countertops and cupboards.


Depending on how big your bedroom is, you should declutter wardrobes, drawers, and any other space that you use for storing your belongings.

Maybe the best way to approach this matter is to remove all your items from the wardrobes and drawers and put them on your bed. Now that you have a clear view of everything you possess, sort your clothes into different piles. One will be for seasonal items; another will be for things you wish to throw away; the third for everything you plan to donate, then sell, keep, etc. Once you decide on the items you want to keep, put them back. 

If you are using space under the bed for storage, you need to sort these items as well. If you have belongings on top of the wardrobes or hanging on the back of doors, be sure to put them away neatly.


Your goal is to present your bathroom as easy to clean and maintain. You want it to feel cozy and like a place where you can relax. Start by organizing your countertops, medicine cabinets, and linen closets. If there are toiletries that are expired, throw them away. You should put away any half-used cosmetic products or toiletries. 

Keep your towels in the cupboard, or if they are on display, you should place them in neat piles and keep them dry. 

What else?

Office – clear your desk, get rid of old paper, mask any obvious computer cables, so the room appears tidy.

Garden – remove broken garden furniture, dead leaves, and branches, old toys. If you have a shed in your garden, you should declutter that as well.

Kids playroom – this may be hard to declutter because the kids use it every day. Try to keep only a few favorite toys and store the rest. Keep this room tidy by placing a nice bin where you can store toys used daily. You will probably find out that preparing and staging your home for sale when you have kids is not easy, but it is achievable with a little patience and time.

Alt-Text: A girl standing in a room playing and surrounded by toys. Organizing a room like this is one of the decluttering tasks you must complete if you want to sell your home.

Caption: While there is nothing sweeter than seeing a child happy, you need to limit the number of toys they have if you want the room to look less cluttered.

Garage – Now is as good a time as any to go through the items stored in your garage. It will take time, but you will find out that most things are just taking up space. Organize a garage sale to get rid of the things that can be useful to someone, store the rest in storage containers, and place them neatly. Hang up your tools on the wall. 

Every one of the suggested tasks can be done even if you are not selling your home. You should know that untidy living can cause problems. Protect your physical and mental health by decluttering and keeping your home clean and tidy.


Selling your home takes a lot of work, as does moving. You need to go through standard processes to reach a satisfactory level. Start with the decluttering tasks you must complete before you begin with any renovations or other changes you intend to make before selling your home. Once you have decided to move, decluttering your current home is the first process you should tackle.


Courtesy of Sophia Perry



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