Decluttering Tips

house cleaning st. paulTips to de-clutter your St. Cloud / Eagan Mn. home

National Dusters can take care of all your house cleaning services but first you may want to go through and de-clutter your Eagan, St. Cloud, and St. Paul Mn Home.

If you are planning on selling your house, decluttering is a must!  A good clean house will sell faster and for more money!  Overwhelming clutter makes it hard for prospective buyers to see the true potential of a home, and may cause them to scratch your house off their list.

The failure to edit out years of accumulated stuff is a common mistake that many home sellers make.  It also allows for much more dirt and grime throughout.  National Dusters House Cleaning Service for Eagan, St. Cloud and the Twin Citites MN can clean your house to its full potential.

An added bonus to decluttering your home– earn money by organizing a yard sale!

For most of us, the thought of getting rid of years of accumulated clutter in our home is so overwhelming. Where do I start? What do I get rid of?  Let National Dusters, the House Cleaning Services experts help!

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Why should you declutter your Twin Cities home?

Decluttering is probably the most important and time consuming step of home staging. Home staging forces you to finally deal with delayed home organization and unfinished projects.  Along with a home cleaning service like National Dusters, it can take a huge weight off your shoulders and allow you to finally think clearly.

When you are preparing to make a home sale, this task should be first on your to-do list. Sure, you can throw everything in boxes and deal with it later in your new home, but do you really want to do that?

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A cluttered home can also give house hunters the impression that a home is dirty. They may imagine “critters” lurking in corners and under piles of stuff.

One of the biggest mistakes that home sellers make is not decluttering or keeping their home clean.  The focus first needs to be on organizing your items, one room at a time and one box at a time.  Then and only then should you have a Home Cleaning Service like National Dusters come in to help get the room in good as new condition.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Step 1.  Clear the trash.

Grab a large size trash bag and start by throwing out all the items you deem as trash.  Things you simply will never miss.  Bottles, wrappers, plastic, anything that you dont want needs to be thrown out first.

Step 2. Get boxes or containers.

Having these items gives you a start on sorting.  Before loading items, perhaps even write a title on the side of the box, “photo albums” or “living room” for example.

Step 3. Micromanage.

 This is where things get tricky.   Its important to now decide on the personal value of each item.  What do you want to keep out, and what do you want to sell, and what do you want to throw away?  Make a section of each room for yard sale items, keep out items, donations, and put storage items into boxes.  Its important mentally to decide what items go together.  You’ll need to box things up according to their use.  Find ways to combine items into their own boxes.  Select only a few items to keep out.

Step 4. Organizing. 

Once you’ve organized your items into areas and into boxes, you’ll need to consolidate.  Take all the yard sale items and store them in one area out of the way.  All the trash needs to be put on the curb or recycled. Then all the items you are keeping out can be put in their places.

Step 5. House Cleaning Services.

If you live in the Eagan, St. Cloud, St. Paul, or Twin Cities Minnesota area, call National Dusters to have your decluttered home thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.  It will be a load off your back to have a professional come in and get the house cleaning services done for you.  Its an easy and efficient way to get your rooms fresh and clean again. Call us today at:

 Twin Cities Office 612-DUSTERS – 612-255-6168

St. Cloud Office 320-DUSTERS – 320-255-1386

Selling a house?

Don’t let home buyers miss the beauty of your home’s interior design; that cozy fireplace hiding behind a bulky recliner, or the spaciousness of the kitchen hidden under all the appliances and cereal boxes strewn across the countertops.

Every room is important, no matter how small. If house hunters unleash an avalanche of objects when they open closet doors, they will instantly assume that there isn’t enough space in your home for their things! Great closet space is high on every home buyers want list.

Cleaning your house as you declutter will also add value to your home in the eyes of buyers.

 Psychology of clutter

A real buyer turn off! Home buyers don’t want to see your personal items.

Clutter is a deep and perplexing energy that can be a drain on mental health. A disorganized environment can lead to inner discord–we’ve all heard of “hoarding”, when clutter gets out of control and consumes our lives.

Unresolved clutter keeps you from doing the things you desire– you hope that maybe some day you’ll get it under control, but don’t know how or where to start.

Even if you’re able to organize your clutter by stashing it away in boxes in the attic, or reshuffling it out to the garage; you still know it’s there!

It’s simply shifted to a new space, preying on your conscience and preventing you from moving on.

What Qualifies as Clutter?

  • Unfinished projects that you plan to finish someday;
  • Clothing, shoes, bedding, appliances; anything that you haven’t used or worn for years;
  • Hobby clutter, sentimental pieces, overflowing collections and knick knacks;
  • Paperwork, children’s art projects, overflowing stacks of books and magazines, photographs that need to be organized, electronics with wires running out of control, and “mystery” boxes that have been stored in the basement or attic for years;
  • Over-flowing kitchen countertops; too many items or appliances strewn across the surface.

 

Storage ideas for moving

Before you begin to declutter your home, devise a plan for storing the boxes and furniture you’ll be taking with you to your new home. Hang onto the furniture and accessories that you plan to use in your interior home design for staging.

Storage Ideas:

  • If you’re lucky in your friends, they may let you store items temporarily in their garage or spare room.
  • Rent a storage unit for the short term.
  • Arrange for delivery of a storage pod right to your doorstep. (Check with local ordinances first.) Go to www.pods.com for more information. This company allows you to pack at your leisure, and will store or deliver your pod anywhere in the U.S., except Alaska. “Pods” also services parts of Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
  • If you have no other options, store your stuff in the garage or basement. This is a last resort, because the goal of home staging is to make EVERY room look spacious. If you must store things in the garage, be sure to stack items neatly and keep everything on one side of the room.
  • Make a plan for unwanted items; donate to a local thrift store such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Find out if there are any organizations in your community that will do pickups. If you have a lot of time, energy and helpers, organize a yard sale. Get your kids involved– they can be great helpers, and paying them from the proceeds of the sale can be a great motivator!

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