We’ve recently moved into a new office space and spent a lot of time making changes for storage. This got me to thinking about my experiences with clients trying to sell their home. One of the first things we ask them to do is to declutter, which is a foundation of home staging.
How Clutter Happens
As we live in a space, it is easy to add things and papers and piles. Before long, what was just an item or two becomes clutter.
When our experts go into a home to help with the staging process, the homeowners usually say, “Wow! I should have lived this way all along.”
3 Books to Live a Decluttered Lifestyle
Living a decluttered lifestyle is easier than you would think. I’d like to share three books with you that have helped me declutter my own home and live more simply.
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson: Don’t let the name scare you. This is about how Swedish elderly think carefully about what they are going to leave the next generation. As they age, they stop buying things and use up what they have, living a simple life and leaving well thought through items to their heirs.
The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay: This book explains why living with less is better for you and how open space leads to creativity.
Clutterfree with Kids: Change Your Thinking. Discover New Habits. Free Your Home by Joshua Becker: For our family, being clutterfree with kids is an ongoing battle, but the techniques in this book help us teach our children why it is important to be neat and tidy.
This is a great time of the year to be clutterfree as you spend more time inside. Spring cleaning is also a great time of year to get clutterfree. I recommend cleaning twice a year so that you can take advantage of opportunities at a moment’s notice rather than worry about your stuff. Call me for more tips on decluttering your home.