If you’re a fan of Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ you’ll know she’s an advocate of only keeping items that ‘spark joy,’ getting rid of clutter. If you’re selling or redecorating your home this month, here are four simple steps to Spring cleaning your home for selling success.
The KonMari method
Ginger Brokaw, a senior vice president at Town Residential real estate in Manhattan, told the New York Times:
“I’ve seen the response of people walking into a home that hasn’t been cleaned, staged or prepared for showings, and one that has.”
The difference, she added, is “night and day.”
Marie Kondo’s number one bestselling book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever’ asserts the KonMari method.
This involves organising your entire home into five categories:
- Kimono (miscellaneous items)
- Sentimental items
It suggests going through each room, making a pile of clutter, before categorising. Then ruthlessly asking oneself if each item is needed or if it brings joy. If not, get rid of it.
“Once you learn to choose your belongings properly, you will be left with only the amount that fits perfectly in the space you own.”
Keep items that ‘spark joy’
When going through each item, does it spark joy or leave you excited? If it gives you a little spark of happiness, then keep it. If not, then let go of it.
Before donating of throwing away items that aren’t needed, Kondo advises clients to say thank you for its service in a thoughtful way. This will leave your home full of useful items that create more delight throughout your home.
The Kondo method involves visualising your ideal home and life you want. On her TV series, ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,’ clients often report better mood and energy levels just by organising and getting rid of unnecessary items.
If you’re looking for inspiration, subscribe to an uplifting magazine, go to your nearest furniture store, or even view other similar properties to yours, noting down home organisational tips.
Doing these few steps can significantly improve home selling success. According to the National Association of Realtors, 62% of realtors say they believe home staging helps decrease the amount of time a property stays on the market.
Sort it and store it
As well as folding clothes and sheets in a specific way, Kondo suggests that you can:
- Reclaim storage: Clean out areas before tidying:
Before considering storage […] remove all of your belongings from where they are currently kept. Hold them one by one as you ask yourself, ‘Do I truly need this?’
- Store by category: Stationery goes with stationery, shirts go with shirts, cutlery goes with cutlery.
- Store clothes folded upright: Fold clothes upright instead of one on top of the other, “If you store your clothes in a drawer standing upright, you will be able to survey how many articles you own that are of the same colour.”