31 Days to a Staged Home :: Day 9, Decluttering

Welcome back!
If it's your first time here, I highly recommend that you start at beginning of this series
(as each principle builds upon the next), entitled 31 Days to a Staged Home: HERE.

Today is a fun day!
Decluttering sounds so labor-intensive and menial, and if you have never staged a home before, 
you are probably not quite sure what you are supposed to be decluttering.

You aren't sure what you might need to keep  while your house is on the market
(which won't be very long if you've staged it well).
You aren't sure which items you'll need to turn your house into a home for buyers.

Yesterday, I encouraged you to set up A Staging Area
and to acquire a storage area (if necessary) and, if those spaces are ready,
today's assignment will be a breeze.

Decluttering is actually one of my favorite parts of staging!
For several reasons:
All of this upfront work makes the final move so much easier 
because most of your items will already be packed and ready to move.
You'll be living with less which equals less time to get the house ready for showings.
Pre-planning and purging makes your unpacking process proceed much more smoothly.
If you are selling items that are not needed, 
this oftentimes off-sets the cost of other improvements or repairs.

So let's get started.

There are at least three steps to this process:
Set up some boxes, bins, bags, whatever you've got,
Geralin over at Metropolitan Organizing
(also read the awesome post with these tags):

Tape the tags to your boxes/bins/bags/whatever and start purging.

Here is the list of the items I always remove from around the house, from the start:
(I suggest that you remove all of these from your own house.)

there will probably be more that you'll need to get packed
You will also learn what to do with what's left.

This post I wrote about Redundabundance will help you declutter without guilt.

Tomorrow's popular topic?

Day 31 is Q & A Day,
so if you have any questions, please ask them below in the comments.
Thank you and have a blessed day!

And now it's here, all the information from all 31 days of the series, in one book.
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  1. ... oh my ... a fascinating list of what to purge from view ...

    1. It seems like a lot, doesn't it!
      But, my what we accumulate through the years, no?

  2. What a comprehensive list Leslie! Thanks so much. I love this series :)

    1. Hi Hilda!
      I am so glad I am able to write all this out to bless you!
      HUGS and thank you for reading it all, LOL!

  3. Based on your list, my house is already purged (we don't like clutter)... The only thing we'll need to get rid of is pretty much every book in our bookcase (my husband and I both majored in Philosophy/Religious Studies). Appreciate the advice!

    1. YOU and your hubby are already half way there!
      Throw up your hands in celebration ;)

  4. Hi! Here's another question I thought of based on today's post. Do you have any advice to offer for those of us who are blessed to have a longer amount of time to plan/stage? We are hoping to move in six months or so, and while I'm glad to have a long time to prepare, I'm not sure where to start. I can declutter some, but I'm not going to make my kids live six months with only ten toys or go six months without a place to hang diaper bags, etc. We also don't want to rent a storage unit for longer than we have to. I've thought about cleaning and painting, but then those things will get messed up again before we put the house on the market. I would really love to know your thoughts!

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  6. You indicated that you thought we should eliminate these things from our own homes. So you think we should not have family pictures out? Most everyone I know would fail this one miserably. (I have never been one to hang things on the wall, mostly because of terrible old houses we've lived in and my sheer laziness. But most of my friends find it extremely weird.) Also the restriction on books, which I understand if you're trying to sell your house but not if you're just living there. To me, books are not a decorative accessory, they are to be read and reread. Would love to hear more about this.

  7. Hi there, just found your sight and am enjoying your 31 days series as we are readying our house for the property market. Is there a link that I'm missing for the list of things to purge? Or have you taken the list down? I would love to see the list as I am really struggling on the de-clutter stage... Small house + two small kids + home schooling = lots of stuff everywhere! TIA :)

  8. Hello there,

    I have the same question as the previous poster...is there a link I am missing? There is no list on this page or link to a list.

    Thanks so much,

  9. I would also adore seeing your list. Checklists make things so much easier. Love this blog you are a huge help!

  10. I'm getting ready to put our house up for sell and I need the list! :) Great series!

  11. I agree ... I would LOVE the link for the checklist.

  12. Hi Leslie. I DITTO the others with the missing list! My guess is that it's in your eBook or printable PDF, and to access these we'd have to purchase them. This I don't mind doing if you could explain how to do so and the costs involved. So grateful for the hard work you've put into making this information available to everyone! mwah from Aus. Hx

  13. Where's the list?

  14. For those who are wondering, you can click the book cover and it takes you to Amazon's website, where you can order the e-book for $9.99 on Kindle. If you don't have a Kindle, don't despair, just download the Kindle app for your PC or other device! :)


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