De-Cluttering your Home

by Beth Belloise 08/09/2019

So, the home is gorgeous, the yard is perfect but inside, your things cover every surface. Whether you’re setting up for an open house, or trying to get the packing done, the last thing you want is clutter complicating the process. Seems easy, right? But getting control of the mess can be harder than it sounds. 

You have plenty of choices: boxes, shelves, under-bench and table storage; so many that it can just make your job harder by creating more clutter. There are lots of television shows, DVDs and self-help books that purport to show you the best ways to organize your life. You don't need to become the model of organization to get your home on the market, merely start with these few simple rules. 

The Rules

Getting control of your clutter can be overwhelming, but you can get through it. 

1. One Step at a Time: It looks like a huge job, but you’ll manage. Just do one part at a time. Start small, say, with the kids’ toys or a junk drawer and work your way through the room. Then move to the next room and repeat. Focus on just the part you’re working and don’t worry about the rest until you get there.

2. Keep Track of the Time: It's easy to get caught up thinking about why everything is important or getting just the right setup on that bookshelf, but it's important to keep yourself going. Limit yourself to short blocks of time, 1-2 hours, and complete a whole block before moving on. For example, start with your junk drawer (come on, everyone has one): get the entire thing sorted out, then move on. That could mean moving on to the next project, but you can also go back to your life. Unless you've left this to the very last minute, don't think you need to get it all done in one day. You can reduce the stress substantially by spreading it out.

3. Give Yourself Enough Time: However long you think this job will take, double it. The doubling rule is a good standard for planning for two reasons: First, you won't be disappointed if it takes longer than you initially thought and second, if you are lucky and get done early you’ll be extra excited!

4. Keep it Simple: Making your de-clutter plans too complicated only slows you down. Use the four box rule: Keep, Give, Discard, Save. The discard box is for anything too used, damaged or otherwise inappropriate for giving away or keeping. Anything from junk to trash goes here. The Keep box is just a temporary spot, use it for things that are staying in the same room, drawer, or shelf. This helps keep them out of the way while you finish sorting anything else. The Save box is similar to the keep box, except these things go in other rooms. Lastly, the give box: this can be things going to friends or family, and should also include anything you want to donate to charity. Charitable donations are a valuable tax break that can help offset some of your other expenses. 

Your clutter is your business, but it’s a good idea to ask your real estate professional about any specific staging needs to help show off your home to potential buyers so you can take care of those items first.

About the Author
Author

Beth Belloise

Beth has been a Florida resident for more than 40 years and knows the Tampa Bay area intimately. She began her career in real estate in 2001, obtained her broker’s license in 2007 and started Belloise Realty Tropical, Inc. in 2008. Beth recently formed Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a service driven, innovative brokerage geared towards selling the Florida Tropical Lifestyle. Though serving all the West Pasco and Northern Pinellas area, Beth and her team specialize in waterfront properties. She has been a resident of the Gulf Harbors waterfront community since 2000 and is passionate about the west coast of Florida & Gulf Harbors tropical lifestyle, incredible sunsets, and wonderful community. If you were to ask Beth just what she loves about living in the area, her reply would be quite simple, everything. As a person who is naturally drawn to the water and sun, Beth takes full advantage of all the amenities the Florida coast area offers. From boating and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to watching the dolphins swim in her back yard, it’s rare to find this nature lover indoors. For Beth, every aspect of her home, the picturesque sunsets, sparkling gulf waters, natural wildlife and the genuine people, allow her to stay grounded and focused on what really matters. The west coast of Florida is a place like no other to live, vacation or retire.   

Beth has a passion for being the very best at what she does. She and her agents stay up to date daily on what new homes have gone on the market and what the market value is for home sellers. Tropical Life Realty is committed to the philosophies of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Their business approach is founded on building lasting relationships based upon commitment and trust. Clients appreciate their down-to-earth style, which gives them a high degree of confidence and trust knowing that Tropical Life Realty always has the client’s best interest at heart. Beth’s years of experience, combined with hers and her agent’s genuine approach, make Tropical Life Realty uniquely qualified to connect extraordinary people with the extraordinary tropical lifestyle. Beth and her agents “live and breathes real estate” 365 days a year, they are all very passionate about their neighbors and the community.  

Whether you are buying or selling a home in this area, give Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a call today. Tropical Life Realty provides a higher level of service that is a breath of fresh air during your important transaction to a new home or selling yours. Call Tropical Life Realty today — you’ll be glad you did so that you can start living the Tropical Life! 

Real Estate Experience
• Broker
• Listing Agent
• Buyer’s Agent
• Short Sales
• HUD homes
• New home construction
• Investment properties
• Land
• Re-Sale homes
• For sale by owner homes
• Bank-owned properties
• Commercial property
• Property management

Beth is also a licensed Notary.