Prepping Your Delaware House for Sale: KonMari Style

Don’t allow decluttering to become an excuse to avoid prepping your home for sale.

Decluttering your home KonMari styleDecluttering is one of the largest challenges a seller faces when deciding to list their home for sale. Most homeowners have accumulated stuff over the years that won’t be traveling with them to their next home because it’s no longer needed, you want new items, you have too much and are ready to downsize, or you simply want a fresh look. The cleanout process can feel overwhelming.

What Motivated Delaware Sellers Understand

The prep work of readying your home is a huge help to buyers who may struggle to imagine what living in this house would be like for them. When you declutter and remove your personal decorating choices you are showcasing a more neutral room setting. You are encouraging buyers to imagine themselves living in the house—celebrating holidays, hosting birthday parties, or a BBQ.

The added space from removing the extra clutter helps someone to picture how their own furnishings could be arranged and exactly how spacious this home is. See that area by the window looking out towards the street, it becomes the place for their favorite reading chair and the place to sip morning coffee. The entranceway wall is the perfect size for their favorite painting. You get the idea, right?

Using the KonMari Method to Remove Clutter

For anyone planning to list your home up or down coastal Delaware, you are in luck. Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. Kondo gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions which seems to collect with hardly any effort.

“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”

Deciding What Stays or Goes

When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones which mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!

“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”

When selling your house, first impressions matter. Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.

When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move.

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Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items which truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home. Let’s discuss the best way to prepare. Schedule an appointment today.

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Pittston, which is located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she proudly served for eight + years at a variety of bases throughout the world, including Holland, Korea, and New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Christine spent most of her time working in the civil engineering career field where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences, and learned so much from each of them. Christine’s last assignment in the Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and that’s when she discovered the Delaware beaches. Growing up in PA, her family spent time at the Jersey shore. But once she moved to MD, she became one of those many drivers making the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon to visit the Delaware beaches for the weekend. Upon Christine’s separation from the Air Force, she spent a small amount of time working in Washington, D.C., but it didn’t take long before she was drawn to the quiet, slow pace of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, “the nation’s summer capital”. Christine moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1999 and finished her degree in Business at Delaware Tech. At the time she was working for a large physician organization when a friend recommended that she become a REALTOR because she loved helping people and loved looking at homes. She was reluctant for quite a while because Christine didn’t think of herself as a salesperson. But after much urging by her friend, Christine decided to get her real estate license in 2003 and has not looked back since. Christine still doesn’t think of herself as a salesperson, but rather a facilitator between buyer and seller, working toward a common goal. Christine aims to make the process as smooth and fun as possible but also educates the buyer and seller along the way so they can make the best decision possible. Christine now lives in Lewes and although she misses the mountains of PA, she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. Christine’s philosophy in life is that it’s too short. Never spend so much time making a living that you forget how to live.

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