We have been considering selling our house for various reasons. I decided to have a realtor come over and look at our house. That was not as simple as you would think (for me). I cleaned the house like we were showing the house in just 2 days. It was not as intense as you would clean your home like you are moving, but let me get there.
We were given an estimate on what we can sell the house for, which worked for us. So we decided let’s list it.
It’s just not that simple for me. I have been cleaning the house (again because we live in our house and it gets messy 30 seconds after cleaning) beyond the normal clean it up. We have been purging and donating and it’s a great experience.
clean your home . . like you are moving
If you EVER wanna truly clean your house, clean it as if you were moving. Ask yourself. do you really want to pack it, put it in a box and see it ever again?
The first cleaning we did, cleaned out a lot of the things we didn’t immediately need. The second cleaning, purged things that we definitely didn’t need or use (especially in the kitchen). We had expired food, 2 year old expired that was hard.
We set up a bowl and emptied it out so it could be dumped into the garden (great composting material)
No stone went unturned in the house. We cleaned every room and set up piles to donate and moved things to their proper area. We also got a dumpster and dumped things. A lot of things.
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The biggest transformation was the kitchen. It is the technology and stuff dumping ground. Everything was put on the dining room table. We then only put things back into the kitchen that actually belong there. Everything else had to find a new home or be donated/tossed.
We did the same thing with the food pantry. Everything was put on the dining room table. Things were organized and put back in, and things extras were moved to the pantry downstairs and expired food, was made into compost.
Do this for every room, including your storage areas, attics, basements, garages. You will be surprised how much stuff you have shoved to the side to use later. And never do. You can take those useable items and donate them for tax purposes, have a garage sale to pay your moving expenses or fun money.
So when you go to Spring clean/Fall clean or oh no family is coming over clean your house….go through each room like you are moving. Ask yourself if you really want to pack that item and move it.
You’ll think twice before you keep it!
That’s a great tip! We moved three years ago. And cleaning is definitely different then.