Staging a Home: Clearing the Clutter from Your Closets

Posted by Dan Wolf on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 8:23am.

One of the most important elements of staging a home is the ability to create the illusion of space.  When potential buyers look at a home, they want to be able to imagine all of their things fitting into the existing space with room to spare--and it's your job to create the impression that they'll be able to do exactly that.  Your home currently reflects your life.  Your things are everywhere.  Even though you're not sure you're ready to begin packing yet, removing some of the clutter will greatly benefit your odds of successfully selling your home. 

One of the most important things to many potential buyers is the amount of closet space available.  That means that the first thing you need to do is make your closets look twice as big as they actually are.  How do you do that?  Follow these simple steps.

The Bedroom Closet

First, remove everything in your bedroom closet that you don't actually wear.  Sort it into bags:  donate, throw away, and sell.  Go ahead and move those items out of your home altogether.  Next, pack away items that aren't appropriate for the current season.  Finally, reduce your clothing still further until you're down to about a third of what is usually in your closet.  This will make it look as though there is ample closet space no matter what new buyers might bring with them.  Do the same with any other bedroom closets in the home.

The Linen Closet

How many towels does your family actually need, anyway?  Most of the time, you probably only use a couple of sets at a time:  one that's in the bathroom, and one that's stored in the closet.  Choose or buy one set that is ideal for showing the home.  The rest should be packed away until you're ready to move.  Do the same with sheets and blankets:  unless you have a child who wets the bed every night, two sets of sheets should be adequate for every bed in the house for the time being.  Be realistic about the items that you really need and move the rest out. 

The Coat Closet

If you're staging a home during the summer months, you can easily remove the bulk of the contents from your coat closet.  On the other hand, if you're staging during the winter, you'll need continued access to your coats.  Reduce the bulk in your coat closet by cleaning out coats that are no longer the right size or which aren't worn regularly.  Again, you'll want to reduce the contents of your coat closet to about 1/2 of what it would usually hold, so if this doesn't bring it down enough, consider cleaning out coats that are worn less regularly or that you don't like as much. 

If you have other closets in your home, use the same principle to reduce the amount of clutter within them.  Ultimately, your goal is to make your home seem like it is more than large enough to hold everything belonging to potential buyers. 

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