Treasure or Trash?

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“Treasure or trash?

Too much home time lately and many homeowners are decluttering and donating more than ever before.  And not everybody is reducing “stuff” because of an upcoming move decluttering is the way to go.

Whether you’re getting your home ready to sell or just reorganizing for something to do now is the time to decide treasure or trash? is a royal pain.  Not selling now but might in the future smart sellers wanting to maximize their sale price really need to declutter their entire house.

Usually, the longer you’ve lived in a property equates to more “stuff”.  And more stuff makes it harder to decide what treasure to save versus what to donate or trash.

Many Realtors® will walk through your property and make suggestions about removing or rearranging large pieces of furniture.  They might also suggest cleaning jammed closets and storage areas so potential buyers can see space. 

I’m suggesting you utilize spare time to start the decluttering even if no sale is on the horizon.  Why?  Well, ask anybody who put their home on the market recently and they will all tell you- it’s a lot of work.

Treasures to save or donate or trash?  Look closely at the following suggestions: :Cincinnati Real Estate

  • Large pieces of furniture crowding the room
  • Family photos from walls and shelves- even if you’re not moving soon are your pictures starting to crowd the room?  Is it time to scan and put in book form?
  • Collectibles jammed on shelves and ledges
  • Unboxed items sitting in the basement from your last move 6 years ago
  • Everything but the bare necessities off kitchen and bathroom countertops.  Are you really using the juicer or is it yesterday’s fad diet?
  • Humungous indoor plants or excess plants if you have them everywhere
  • Cleaning out clothes, linen, and storage closets.  It’s personal but let’s be honest if you haven’t worn something since 2018 are you really going to need it again?

My advice, while you’re decluttering take the next step and ask yourself- what items do you really want to pack and move?


Sitting in basements and lower levels of homes are boxes packed, stored, and unopened for years.  Now’s the time to peek inside for valuables and decide treasure or donate or toss.  Be honest about yesterday’s treasures and use them or get rid of them.  Do not re-stack and move the box!  The sorting takes time which is why work needs to start months (or years) before the actual move.  

Everybody loves watching HGTV and other fixer-upper shows on TV.  We find out about great ideas on updating and fixing our homes and they all have one thing in common.  Clean up and remove what you don’t really need.   And as a future potential seller, it’s much easier to negotiate contracts when you’re not stressed about the details of sorting and moving years of “accumulated treasures”.

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