An organized living room. (Photo by Dana Branham)

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, get it ready to sell by starting the staging and decluttering process early. Clean & Scentsible came out with a 31 day challenge to help you get organized in 15 minutes per day.

Before you get started, remember:

  1. This is a big project, and we’re tackling it in little pieces.
  2. Make sure you stay focused for the 15 minutes you’re using to declutter.
  3. Have plenty of donation bins and trash bags ready as you go through the clutter in your home.

Check out Clean & Scentsible’s plan for the first week of decluttering, and head to their blog for the rest of the month’s tasks and a printable calendar.

Day 1: Paperwork.
Do you have a pile of paperwork (or two?) collecting on your kitchen counter or in your home office?  Go through bills, receipts, and any other paperwork, tossing (or shredding) what you don’t need and sorting whatever is left over into its proper location.

Day 2: Front entry way and coat closet/mudroom.
Donate any coats, shoes, or accessories that you no longer use.  If you are short on space, put items that are out of season into storage somewhere else in your home.

Day 3: Purse. 
Empty out all garbage and items that you do not use regularly.  Use a small pouch to hold make-up and other essentials that can easily be transferred from purse to purse.

Day 4: Cleaning supplies.
Go through your cleaning supplies (wherever they may be!) and get rid of all of those products that you don’t use.  Try to use multipurpose cleaners or green cleaning products whenever possible.  If you have multiple partially filled bottles of the same product, combine them into one bottle.  Toss any old rags or cloths that are at the end of their use.

Day 5: Fridge and Freezer.
Remove all items from that are expired or you know you will not use.  Minimize packaging when possible to save space.  Find other organization ideas HERE.

Day 6: Pantry and other dry food storage.
Toss all items that are expired and get rid of anything that you know you will not use.  Don’t forget to go through all of those spices too! Place items that will be expiring soon towards the front of the cupboard.

Day 7: Free for All.
This is your catch up day if you didn’t finish any of the above areas.  If you are all caught up, pick the most cluttered area in your home to go through.

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, I would love to discuss the process with you. Whether you’re a first time home-seller or you’ve moved many times, I can help you take what can be a very stressful event and break it down into manageable portions.

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