Selling (or renting out) a house when it’s lived in can be HARD. I know it first hand! We have a large household and trying to keep it clean for showings is nearly impossible.
Clutter is inevitable when people are living in a house but home buyers don’t want to see it. Here are the 7 places that I hide clutter when I showed my house. It’s worse when
1. The dryer.
Yes, the dryer. If the washer and dryer aren’t coming with the sale – no one has a need to peek inside. Shove those stuffed animals strewn among the living room, the dirty socks that were left in the bathroom. Shove them all in the dryer and after the showing put them away.
2. The laundry basket.
A lidded laundry basket is my secret weapon. Who peeks in there? No one. Toss those things that have been left around the bedroom and bathroom and place them in the laundry basket and put the lid on.
3. Behind your pillow.
Only have a few minutes? Stick small things behind your pillow. I leave my iPad beside my bed and while I am sure most people are honest but I don’t like to take chances- it’s unlikely that those touring the house will pick up pillows and blankets so it’s a perfect hiding place.
4. Bunk Beds.
It’s amazing that even after I decluttered my kids’ room that they still have papers and books and toys everywhere. We can’t live in an empty house so placing those items on the top bunk keeps them out of view of potential house buyers.
5. Trunk of the car.
I keep a basket in the house for those spur of the moment showings “We’re in the neighborhood and want to see the house!”. Toss everything loose and unpleasant and put it in the truck of the car. This keeps it out of sight of the visitors and easy to put back in the house when they leave. (Putting it away this time of course). Do a quick walk through of the house, tossing things in as you go and take it to the car on the way out of the door.
6. Storage Ottoman.
My favorite piece of furniture all the time, but very useful when there are toys and books lying around that need to be hidden and no time to straighten them up on a book shelf. Just toss the items in and replace the lid.
7. Lidded basket.
A pretty basket by the front door is a great place to hide sneakers and sandals that were left there. No one is going to open a basket to peek inside. Place one by the front and back doors so things can be hidden quickly.