You know that people are going to check behind the doors when they’re walking through your house, so as you prepare to do the seasonal clothes swap get ready to battle the closet! Because, what’s behind your front door isn’t all that matters when getting your home ready to sale.
You want potential buyers to be WOWWED when they grasp that closet door handle and give it a pull. But not because they’re horrified by your clutter. You want buyers to sigh in relief at the spacious, clean, organized closets that await their wardrobes.
Big or Small – Use it All
You may hate your closets and think they aren’t big enough, but you’ve got to make potential buyers think otherwise. To do that, the first step is to take everything out of the closet in question. If it can be donated or discarded, get rid of it (see my blog post on purging unwanted items!). If it’s not in season, pack it up and put it elsewhere (a storage unit or basement storage area, perhaps?). That will leave you with just the items you need.
Now think, hotel suite or swanky clothing store. That’s the look you’re going for – spare, minimal, spacious, elegant, organized! Group your clothing by type and color. Use one type of hanger and make sure they’re all headed in the same direction (discard odd and unused hangers while you’re at it!).
Measure your clothing and hang short items on double rods (found at any hardware store and easily installed). Put your sweaters and purses in cubbies and make sure you’ve got adequate and attractive shoe storage too.
Shoehorns are for Shoes – Not Cramming Stuff In
And make sure that there’s plenty of empty space when you’re done, since that suggest closets are generously sized. And generously sized closets may lead to a generous offer on your home for sale.