Start Early In Preparation For Your Home Going On The Market.

Periodically, you need to rid yourself of things that are taking up room in your home, especially if you are considering putting your home on the market soon. 

There is a frequently quoted suggestion that if you haven't used something for 2 years, maybe it isn't essential in your life anymore. 

If you have books you'll never read again, donate them to your local library. If you have dishware you haven't used in ages, get it out of there. Periodically, go through every closet, drawer, cabinet, room, and storage area to get rid of the things that are just taking up space in your home and life. 

Every item receives the decision to keep or to discard. Consider these questions as you judge each item:

  1. When was the last time you used it?
  2. Do you believe you'll use it again?
  3. Is there a sentimental reason to keep it?

You have 4 options for things that you are not going to keep. 

  1. Give it to someone who needs it or will appreciate it. 
  2. Sell it in a garage sale or on an interest site such as golsn.com
  3. Donate it to a charity and receive a tax deduction.
  4. Discard it to the trash or if you can recycle it.

Start with your closet. If you haven't worn something in five years, get rid of it. Then, go through the things again and if you haven't worn it in two years, ask yourself the real probability that you'll wear it again. 

Another way to do it is to move it from your active closet to another closet. If a year goes by in the other closet, the next time you go through this exercise, those clothes are on their way out. 

If the items taking up space are financial records and receipts, the solution may be to scan them and store them. There are plenty of sites that will offer several gigabytes of free space and it may cost as little as $10  for 100 GB at Dropbox, to get the additional space you need. For those that are not as internet savvy, we can always use a USB drive, or use the "always reliable" storage building. 

Doing all these things weeks and months prior to putting  your home on the market will increase your odds tremendously on getting your home SOLD "Quicker And For A Better Price".