Keeping your home clean and show ready while selling can feel super frustrating and repetitive. You’re essentially living in a model home while trying to continue your daily life and balance the stress from moving.
I totally know how this feels. We just signed a contract to sell our home and we had to live like this for almost a month. In that time, I came up with a few tips that made the whole process so much easier. Hopefully these can help you too!
Less is more.
Hopefully you’ve already started the decluttering process, but if you haven’t now is the time. The fewer items you have, the fewer things there are to get dusty and dirty. Use the keep/trash/donate method when going through all your things. If you don’t absolutely love it or haven’t used it in a year, just get rid of it now.
Designated junk box.
Find a place in your home that can discretely hide away a few large boxes – like a closet or the garage. Once you get a call from your realtor for a showing, grab one of these empty boxes and throw in all the stray toys, shoes, dirty laundry or whatever else has accumulated. There’s going to be times where a buyer requests to see your home in 15 or 30 minutes. I promise you won’t have time to actually clean and put things away. Just throw all your crap in a box and go.
Don’t let tasks pile up.
This may seem self-explanatory, but staying on top of your laundry and dishes really makes a difference. Make it a daily task to fully complete each of these things – yes, that includes folding and putting clothes away the same day you washed them – sorry.
Shut off rooms you can do without.
The best way to keep a space show ready is to not use it. After you deep clean a bathroom, shut the door and tell your family that it’s off limits. Do this with as many rooms as possible. This is easy for adults, but if you have kids, consider locking the doors. Just remember to unlock them before you leave!
Keep air freshener and wall plug-ins handy.
If you have a spur-of-the-moment showing, the last thing you want is to have a stinky home. Keep your scents neutral and avoid anything too overbearing. Open windows if weather permits and it’s not too loud outside. One tip I’ve heard… If your house smells like cookies, there better be cookies. Maybe avoid the vanilla candles if you don’t wanna do the baking to back it up.
Plan for easy meals.
Do your Pinterest research for one pot dinners. The less time it takes to cook and clean up, the less you’ll stress about a dirty kitchen.
Minimize your trash cans.
Get rid of the trash cans in your living room and bedrooms, and only leave one in the kitchen and bathrooms you’re using. Nothing is more off-putting than seeing someone’s empty water bottles or bunched up tissues. If you only have a few trash cans in the house, that’s one less task you have to do before a showing.
Clean as you go.
Even if you’re not a naturally clean person, you’ve got to fake it when selling your home. As you get ready in the morning or cook dinner at night, constantly be cleaning up after yourself. Even if this means you just throw hair dryers and combs into a drawer – that works! Just keep your counters clean, clutter-free and wipe things down as you go.
I know when we followed these tips, the showing and open house process was much easier!
This is the first post in my moving series, so I hope you stay tuned for more advice on packing, moving, and home buying! To read about our move, check out all the reasons we’re moving to Georgia. Love you all!