By Lisa Ragsdale, Charlotte, NC
With the temperatures warming, we get inspired to clear out the house from the after-Christmas clutter and the general frenzy that the holiday season inspires. This combination does not make for the most organized home or office. Now add a factor of relocating or downsizing to the mix and you have a true recipe for disaster. We have all looked longingly on Pinterest or magazines at the perfect home and regardless of personal taste and style the one factor that is overwhelmingly the same is NO CLUTTER! Whether the décor of contemporary or traditional or shabby chic or farmhouse the theme is the same – they have eliminated the chaos from the space. While it is tempting to think you could organize or clean out your space in the span of a thirty minute show sans commercial breaks the reality of real life is that it is much harder than that cause it is YOUR STUFF! Here are some simple and seemingly obvious tips to help you bring sanity to what will quickly become hectic through the process of moving.
- First and foremost- if you get satisfaction from marking things off a list as I do….create a list and prioritize it from most pressing to least. For example more than likely you are selling your home so decluttering and insuring that your home not your furniture shows best is the key here. Furniture is such a difficult thing because if you are planning to take a piece to your new space but it doesn’t work all that great in your current space then you need to decide to store it until moving or to sell or donate and repurchase it when you are in new space. Enlisting the help of a good friend or professional sometimes eases this process since you are emotionally tied to the space making it hard to see other possibilities or even the problems with a space. Your goal is to create a house that has good flow which will show your home in the best light. One of the worst things you can do is to put too much furniture in a space making it dark and crowded. A good option is to rent a storage space to move out any extraneous furniture and items to let house show the best. How we live and how we like to live or two different realities. One of the most critical things in showing a house is the question, “is there adequate storage” and any house can appear too small if there are too many items in a space or clothes in a closet.
- Entryway is literally the first impression as someone walks in the door. If potential clients see a space with shoes, keys, coats, mail and backpacks again that communicates that your house does not have proper storage or space. Especially for the period you are showing your house you have to realize you are creating “the perfect home” where dishes disappear from the sink, clutter doesn’t exist and everything is neat and tidy. It is a Fantasy!
- Kitchen is the hub of most homes and so often items from other parts of the house collect there. The trend is to have less on the countertops which makes it easier to work in and keep clear of the never ending trail of crumbs. Clear off the front of the fridge – magnets and papers hanging off the fridge again create a feeling of disorganization and clutter. Be ruthless about what goes up and when it is no longer relevant. Every small appliance that you don’t use on a regular basis needs to be off the counter or prepacked.
- Packing some items or collections that you plan to keep but for the purpose of the open house might be better to minimize photos, accessories, books and collectibles. First it will be easier to keep house clean with less items to dust and less likely for something to get broken during showing. The staff at West Tennessee Moving and Storage can help you with prepacking to get you started and help get the house ready in the process. The more you can accomplish early on the less daunting the task is closer to the move.
So now you have accumulated some furniture pieces that you plan to move but don’t work in your current home or maybe make it appear a bit crowded. You have boxed up your husband’s trophies and old football pads but need somewhere to store this during the staging part of the move so this is where these items need a temporary “home” until heading to your new space. Monthly storage becomes a great temporary solution to this challenge and you can clear out your space without regret because you can make a final decision once your new space is determined and you can see what works. Now don’t fool yourself there is always room for a box of rusty trophies and smelly pads!
If you have any question about your moving needs – Transporting, Packing, Cleaning and Storage, West Tennessee Moving and Storage is open Monday thru Friday from 9am-4:30pm to assist with all your moving and storage needs. The Paris location is open Monday thru Friday from 9am-4pm and 9am-noon on Saturday. Visit our website at WestTennesseeMovers.com for additional information and reviews or call 877-512-MOVE or send a request for a Guaranteed Estimate and set up an in house appointment for a No Obligation Quote.