Maybe you’re thinking about moving; maybe you’ve already listed your home, no matter your situation, how often have you thought about the prospect of packing up all of your belongings and then unpacking them into your new home? Are you overwhelmed, filled with anxiety and dread?

Moving is a very stressful time for many people (children and pets too!) While this life event may have your emotional state teetering on the edge of insanity, it is actually the perfect time to de-clutter!

Realtors regard ‘first impression’ improvements such as de-cluttering closets to be one of the smartest ways to spruce up your home before putting it on the market.

Organizing is not only about getting rid of things, but it’s also about identifying what’s really important to you and what is not, as well as letting go of the past and the energy associated with it.

Be mindful of what it costs you to keep things – it costs time, space & money to take care of the things you don’t use.

If you’re reluctant to purge and sort through everything before your move, try to at least toss or donate really obvious items and store ‘not sure’ items for 1-3 months, then revisit and re-evaluate them once you have moved/settled into your new home.

Completing the purging process before the movers come to pack up your home establishes proper organization in all areas of your new home from the moment the boxes are unpacked. This saves you time, money, and sanity! Who really wants to spend money on unnecessary boxes and labor (whether it’s your time or the movers) to pack, move, and then unpack things you don’t need or want.

Preparation is key to a smooth transition from one home to another.

Purging and organizing:

  • Enhances your homes appeal to potential buyers
  • Increases the probability of a quicker sale vs. a lengthy stay on the market
  • Decreases the cost of moving supplies and time spent packing and unpacking
  • Speeds up the process of organizing your possessions into your new home in a matter of days vs. months.

Upon walking into a house, prospective buyers form an impression of the home within 10 seconds, along with its previous owners and how well the home was
cared for.

Clutter is an energy drain, and when a buyer comes into a home for sale and sees lots of furniture and ‘stuff’ everywhere, it’s not very welcoming or a good first impression. They may perceive the house not being worthy of the asking price and wonder how many repairs it might need.

So, if you’re surrounded by an accumulation of ‘stuff,’ take a look around and see what needs improving.

  1. Collect all papers and things that don’t belong in the area it’s currently placed.
  2. Sort: through everything, make piles for keep, toss, and donate.
  3. Purge unused, broken, unwanted items and do what you can to de-clutter before the open house and movers arrival.
  4. Remove personal photos, box up papers, edit overstuffed closets/pantry/open shelving.


  • Properties that are uncluttered and staged sell quicker and for more money vs. those that are not.
  • The real estate industry often stresses the first impression is the key factor in selling your home.
  • Hiring a professional organizer to assist with purging and staging your home not only gives you unbiased, professional feedback, but also provides solutions on how to showcase your home effectively.

Buyers are willing to pay more for homes that are bright, clean, organized, and stylish.

Showing a home that is cluttered or bringing the clutter with you to your new home can create selling issues, and raise anxiety levels when unpacking. Therefore, taking the time to let go of those things that no longer serve you will be advantageous. Although it can also be an overwhelming task, with a little help from an organizing coach, you can overcome and accomplish your clutter challenges.


LVAM issue 38 - MarApro 2020 - Are You Stressed About Selling Your Home