Get Organized to Sell Your Home Faster

Sue Anderson
Written by Sue Anderson
Updated February 11, 2016
laundry basket with towels
Keep a basket ready so you can pick up your house quickly for last-minute real estate showings. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Selling your house is stressful. Make it easier by decluttering and finishing home improvement projects.

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For some people there is nothing more overwhelming than the thought of moving. There is so much to do and so many details to attend to, that many people end up just staying put right where they are whether they like it or not.

Having the experience of helping hundreds of families through this difficult transition, I can guarantee these tips will get you headed in the right direction.


Pair down the decor, furniture, clutter and family pictures you have displayed to an amount that makes the space feel more open and inviting. Rid cabinets and closets of excess items to create a more spacious feeling. Make sure the entryway is clutter-free and easy to navigate. To strategically declutter your home, use our checklists and declutter labels.

Create a timeline

Go through your home records and create a list of the big repairs or enhancements you've done to your home that you can leave on the table for people who tour your house.

Be sure to include the dates the work or upgrades were done. Having a synopsis like this quickly tells prospective buyers that you took good care of your home.

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Tackle clutter before you put your house on the market. Hire a professional organizer if you get overwhelmed. (Photo courtesy of Neitra Blair)

Display seasonal pictures

If you're selling your home in the winter, leave pictures of the home as it looks in the spring, summer or fall so potential buyers can see how the property looks with everything in bloom.

Corral clutter with a laundry basket

Keep a laundry basket by the door so you can quickly scoop up whatever clutter is strewn about for last-minute showings. You can just toss the laundry basket in your trunk as you leave.

Pre-pack your excess

Invest in some moving boxes so you can pack things you seldom use or have too much of before the house is even listed — like holiday decorations, excess decor or toys, etc.

Of course, it's better just to rid yourself of the unnecessary stuff rather than paying to move something you don't use. But, if you're going to hold on to excess stuff, at least pack it up and put it in the basement or some other out-of-the-way place.

Tackle home improvement projects

Make a list of all of the minor things that need to be done in order for your house to show better, like patching and painting nail holes, replacing a strip of trim or a piece of cracked tile, or trimming back bushes, as a few examples. Then, set aside time to get those projects done or invest in a handyman to knock them out for you.

What tricks do you use to keep your home tidy while it's for sale? Tell us in the comments section below!

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