Make Like Marie Kondo To Spark Joy (And Profit) When Selling Your House
Home Sellers Are All About New “KonMari Showings” and So Are We!
Does your home spark joy? Have you binge-watched the new Netflix series yet?
Anyone getting ready to sell can start feeling lucky (and joyful). Marie Kondo, the new Netflix star and Japanese organizing consultant behind the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, is taking over the Internet — and sellers’ houses. In fact, Time Magazine named Marie Kondo as one of the 100 Most Influential People. Her handy sorting and releasing tips make it easier to get rid of years of belongings we probably don’t need to take from one home to the next.
How To “Marie Kondo” Your Property Before You List It
Organizing is on trend and we can thank Kondo for it! She explains how her method works:
“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.”
Objectively looking at all of your possessions helps you sort through what you want to keep for sentimental value and what you can get rid of. The KonMari Method™ not only frees up more space to keep or add the items to your new home that bring you joy, but it also greatly simplifies packing and moving. If that’s not enough to persuade you to take the time to prepare your home, look at the upside: Consumer Reports says there’s a 3-5% value increase for a clean, decluttered house.
KONDO’S SIX BASIC RULES OF TIDYING UP ARE SIMPLE:
1. Commit yourself to tidying up.
2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
3. Finish discarding first.
4. Tidy by category, not by location.
5. Follow the right order.
6. Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
“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.” -Marie Kondo
When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you list your property for sale, 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 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!