A Cluttered Interior

Simplifying a cluttered interior is one of the most common selling scenarios, according to Karen H. Sarno, ASP (accredited staging professional) and owner of Staged to Perfection in Longwood. “I tell sellers that since you’re planning to move anyway, you might as well start boxing things up,” says Sarno, who adds that the cost of a professional staging service is almost always less than the first price reduction on a listed home.

Before you de-clutter any space, prepare. You need bags or boxes for four purposes, says Ellen Delap, a professional organizer in Houston:

  • Things you will donate to charity

  • Things you want to sell at a yard sale, or on Craigslist, Ebay, or freecycle

  • Things that belong in another room

  • Things headed for the trash

Now you’re ready to de-clutter any room.

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