One of the biggest challenges sellers with houses for sale in Houston face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.

The method

The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.” Although it may seem simple to most, this order of organizing things, and the ideology of only keeping what gives you joy is a groundbreaking way to get rid of what you don’t need. If you don’t like it, and don’t use it (so it doesn’t give you joy because its use makes your life easier) then you don’t need it!

It may be hard to let go of things, but the KonMari method emphasizes gratitude for everything you’ve owned. It’s easier to let go of things once you take the time to appreciate what that thing has done for you. Even if you’re throwing out a shirt you don’t like, you can be grateful to that shirt for teaching you that you don’t like that kind of style!

Move out and sell

When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!

“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”

When putting houses in Houston for sale, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.

When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move!

Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home!

If you’re looking for a new home near the Houston area, contact The Murray Group and we can help you.