Spring Cleaning Is Here, Time to See What Sparks Joy within You

Karl Miller
Published on April 23, 2019

Spring Cleaning Is Here, Time to See What Sparks Joy within You

If you’ve watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you may feel inspired by what she has to say. Ms. Kondo’s entire approach to cleaning (called Konmari) is to hold an object in your hands and determine if it sparks joy. Does this shirt make you happy? That may sound like an odd question, but it has helped many people let go of things they were keeping for no reason. 

Her decluttering ideas can be applied to your entire home and even help you spruce up your landscaping to improve your curb appeal. Here are a few things you can apply Konmari to your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Declutter Inside

Decluttering inside your home is very beneficial for both those who are moving before they sell and those who are selling their home while still living in it. If you declutter by determining which items truly make you happy and which don’t, you won’t have as much to pack up. You won’t be moving things to your new home that you will never use, so you won’t clutter it up right away.

If you’ll still be living in the house while it’s on the market, decluttering will make the home look bigger and cleaner. No potential buyer wants to walk into a home that’s full of stuff, especially if you truly have more things than you can really fit in your home. Get rid of anything you really don’t need, then clean and organize the rest. If you’re keeping a lot of items, consider renting a storage unit for a few months and moving what you can out of the house.

Spruce Up the Landscaping

One of the major factors that can sell a house very quickly is its curb appeal. If someone drives up to your home and it looks amazing, they may overlook a few things inside that need updates. On the other hand, if they see a house that looks rundown outside, it may not matter how amazing the interior looks. They’ve already formed an unfavorable opinion about the property.

You can apply the Konmari method to your landscaping, too. What part of your shrubbery, trees, flowers, and other plants do you really find pretty, unique, and joyful? What part could you do without? By decluttering your landscaping, you not only make it look better, you also make it less of a chore to maintain. There are many homebuyers out there who simply don’t have the time to work on their landscaping or the money to hire professionals to do it for them. Seeing a home that doesn’t require much upkeep may be a selling point.

Having a simple, clean looking yard and landscaping will boost your curb appeal. It will keep the focus on the house while giving it pops of accent color. Nothing will look too overgrown or out of hand, which is a plus. You don’t need to get rid of everything, of course, but you want your landscaping to look neat and tidy.

By doing a little decluttering both inside and out, you’ll be able to make your home more attractive to potential buyers and make Marie Kondo proud!

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