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Clearing out the Clutter

By Vickie Williamson
Custom Framer and Interior Designer 

As a decorator, I often help clients get their homes ready to sell. Even if they may not plan to sell for a few years, they don’t want to have to redecorate again when the time comes. There is definitely a difference in decorating for living in a home and decorating for selling it.

The simplest and most cost- effective way to prepare a house for selling is to clear out the clutter. Here are tips to make that easier:

1. Take it one room at a time. Look at the space as a potential buyer would see it. Start with the obvious unnecessary items. Do you really need all those old newspapers and magazines? Pack up only things to which you are attached. Donate or toss any others.

2. Move on to closets. This big job will pay off in the end. When selling your home, you want prospective buyers to feel that there is enough storage space. If your closets are overflowing, would-be buyers will not feel good about the potential storage capacity for their possessions. Remove and donate any clothing not worn in a year. Also discard old shoes and handbags that are beyond hope.

3. Be thorough where you eat and bathe. The last major cleanup is in the kitchen and bathrooms. I know this one is a challenge, but you can do it. Empty the cabinets, clean them and then put back only items that you truly need and use regularly. Donate any usable leftovers to a local shelter or charity organization.

Cleaning up and clearing out your home will not only make it much more appealing, but gives you an opportunity to help others in the process. And rooms with breathing space will help you feel more content with your home, even before it’s time to sell.

Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 

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