Decluttering, either on your own or with the help of an organizational service, is an absolute must when you list your home for sale. Decluttering each room allows prospective buyers to see the best in your living space — rather than solely be focused on the amount of clutter around them. While decluttering and organizing throughout your home is important, it's especially valuable to focus on the rooms that can get cluttered and possibly feel overwhelming to those who might wish to buy your home. Here are some specific rooms to pay special attention to.
Because it's such a commonly used room in your home, the kitchen can often get cluttered. While you might just feel that it seems "like home," prospective buyers might not be able to enjoy the features of the space because of the clutter. Remove some of the things that sit on your counter; items such as toasters, microwaves, spice jars, cutlery, and other kitchen essentials can combine to give your kitchen the appearance of having minimal counter space, which can be a turnoff for some buyers. You can replace these items after the open house or scheduled viewing, but keeping them out of sight when people are touring the home is a good idea.
Regardless of the age of your children, their rooms can often be cluttered in a variety of ways. Extra furniture, such as beanbag chairs, toy chests, and other such items can cut down on free floor space in the room and make it look smaller. Likewise, toys, dolls, and other children's items displayed throughout the room can contribute to making it feel cluttered and small, even if that's not the case. While not technically decluttering, you might also wish to remove items from your children's rooms walls if the walls are largely covered. Too much art can also make the room feel cramped.
In many homes, the garage becomes a place to store items that aren't regularly used or that won't fit into other rooms throughout the home. This can cause the garage to be significantly cramped and cluttered — thus feeling overwhelming to any prospective buyers who open the door and look inside. Use shelves to organize some of the things in your garage and consider putting excess possessions into a storage unit. The more you declutter each of your rooms, the larger and freer they will feel, which will ideally help your house sell more quickly.
Contact a real estate agent for more advice.