Selling your Scottsdale home, it’s time for a closet makeover?

Stephen Proski
Stephen Proski
Published on July 23, 2017
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If you’re digging through sweatshirts and turtlenecks to reach your tank tops and shorts and considering selling your Scottsdale home,  it’s time for a closet makeover.

It’s like eating an elephant

The job is much easier, especially for those of us who tend to procrastinate, by taking one bite at a time. Before you consider selling your Scottsdale home, schedule an hour every week for a few weeks prior to put a dent in the mess that you call a closet and, before you know it, the job will be done and getting ready to go somewhere may end up taking half as long, not to mention, buyers will think you have plenty of room in that closet

You’ll need a clean slate

The first step to a truly made-over closet is to clean it out, completely. Yes, buyers have seeing a cluttered closet because they can not image their stuff in your space, so start early before selling your Scottsdale home. Pile the clothes on the bed and find a spot on the dresser or floor for the shoes, scarves, ties and other accessories. You are now presented with a clean slate, akin to Aristotle’s tablet “ . . .on which nothing has been written.”

Assess the space

How’s the paint looking? If you find yourself squinting to ensure that those slacks are really black and not navy blue, not only should you consider new lighting, but a fresh coat of light-colored paint as well.  These are things you need to consider prior to selling your Scottsdale home.

Make that paint glossy and you’ll feel like you hit the exacta; the highly-reflective sheen offers better visibility in the confines of a closet. Consumer Reports offers a list of its top-rated paints on its website.

Next, decide what goes where and make a list of needed items, such as additional shelving, boxes, bins, hanging shoe racks or furniture (if space permits) and lighting.  Selling your Scottsdale home is a process not an event.  There are many stages to the process and you want to hire a professional like myself who can guide you every step of the way.

Speaking of lighting, you don’t need to be an electrician to change out the lights in your closet. LED options include battery-powered lights in a variety of shapes and styles and are a snap to install. Some even include motion sensors. Get lighting ideas online at decoist.com, bobvilla.com (check out the brilliant LED-lit closet rod!) and Pinterest.

Sort and purge

Remember all the stuff you removed from the closet, will help with the selling your Scottsdale home,  now it’s time to sort. You’ll need to make several piles – items you’ll put back in the closet, items to put somewhere else and items to throw away or donate.

The second category includes all those weird things that end up in the closet, such as borrowed clothing (time to return it), shoeboxes stuffed with receipts, bills and other paperwork, electronics (fax machine or printer, for instance) and sports equipment, such as your tennis racket.

The third pile should include anything that doesn’t fit. Yes, that weight-loss diet is a worthy goal, but if you’ve tried it before and are still hanging on to the size 6 jeans in hopes they will someday fit, consider moving the jeans to the “donate” pile.

Those items with missing buttons, broken zippers and holes in the seams? How long have you hung on to them, promising to have them repaired? You’ve managed to live this long without them, so consider tossing them in the trash or donate pile.

Fill it back up

Now you’ll get to use all the nifty organizing equipment you purchased. Designate a place for everything and return those items to their place in the closet.

This means that shoes go on the shelves, rack or hanging bag you purchased, scarves go in the bins or baskets and nothing – absolutely nothing – ends up on the floor. This is especially important if you’re organizing the closet in preparation for a home sale.

As part of my listing services, I will bring in an Organizing expert to offer several ideas on where to place your clothing within the closet. This is just one aspect I help my clients with selling your Scottsdale home. 

Need ideas? Visit hgtv.com, instyle.com and pinterest.com.

 

So if you are considering selling your Scottsdale home and need help with the staging and organizing, call me at 602-620-2164 or contact Stephen Proski and I would be happy to bring along my stagging expert to help.

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