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This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to everything in the house.  After years of living in the homes clutter builds up in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner.  However, it does affect the way buyers see the home even if you do not realize it.  Clutter collects on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets and garages.

Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer.  Let a friend point out areas of clutter, as long as you can accept their views without getting defensive.  Let your agent help you too.

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  • Frustrated says:

    Thanks Madeleine, as easy as it sounds to de-clutter some people really find it difficult to throw away anything that they think could be used for later. My room mate is a perfect example of this, no matter how much I rant and rave about her hoarding habits, she still refuses to throw anything out. I think getting a second option as you mentioned maybe a way to go.

  • Thanks for commenting Frustrated. Somtimes the best way to ease people into de cluttering is by starting with the common places like kitchens and bathrooms. Look around at what you are not using and ask your room mate is you can put it in a storage box for later reference. Once they have not been into that box for a few months you then can take it and store it somewhere else.

    Good luck with your cluterring roomie.