As you approach the job of preparing your home for sale, keep in mind that an organised space will automatically appear larger. The smaller your house or apartment is, the more organised you must become in your house styling for sale. Prospective buyers get anxious about places that are crammed full of stuff. Those places say, “This house is just too small to hold my things”. The work of organising a wardrobe, particularly a small or oddly shaped one, can be particularly challenging. Here are some ideas on using all the space in your wardrobe without allowing it to appear crowded.
In the business of house styling for sale, we talk a lot about the need to get rid of things that are not loved and cherished. It happens that decluttering is usually the first job on a homeowner’s list of things to do before the selling agent arrives. Actually, though, decluttering is a chore that needs to be done on an ongoing basis. If you make a point of remembering that you don’t have unlimited space, it becomes easier to pare down the stuff you collect. Your collection of belts, for example, need not include those that you wore as a teenager. Be practical and brutally honest with yourself. Get rid of things that don’t fit, are yesterday’s fashion news, or are simply worn out.
As strange as it seems, having the right hangers in your wardrobe can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your make-over.
Wire hangers from the dry cleaners come in various sizes and shapes. They were never really meant to be a permanent fixture in your wardrobe. What you really want is a set of hangers that all go together. You need not go out and invest in wooden ones, but at least make all the hangers the same size. This move towards uniformity will allow you to line up shirts, blouses, and dresses so that they all appear to belong. For pants and skirts, choose hangers that will allow them all to hang freely without the perpetual crease that comes from folding them over on the hanger.
Use the hangers to organise your garments with similar ones. (Already your wardrobe looks better.)
Out of Season Clothing
There is no rule that says you must keep all of your clothing in the same wardrobe or even the same room. Put your winter jumpers and coats away for the summer. Use a wardrobe in a different room or, take a tip from days gone by and use a trunk or blanket box at the foot of your bed to store the cold-weather garments.
When we speak of out of season clothing, this also includes special sports clothing and shoes you use to hike, climb, surf, or watch birds. Find a place just for these things. If it happens to be a wardrobe, use overhead shelves for helmets and head-gear and install another shelf at the bottom for shoes and boots. Keep everything off the floor – this makes the wardrobe look larger automatically. A bit of organisational strategy makes house styling for sale much more productive.
Don’t Try to Hang Everything…
…in the wardrobe, that is.
Install a few hooks on the inside of your wardrobe door to hold ties, scarves, or the aforementioned belts. Take a look through one of the many websites that sells wardrobe organisational gadgets and tools. You’ll be amazed at the variety of clever extras that can help you organise your small space that are also inexpensive.
Make use of your roomy chest of drawers – after you’ve decluttered it, of course. You will find that a bit of tough love in the clothing and accessories department will net you untold space. Enough, in fact, to keep your clothes from getting wrinkled before you even put them on.
Organising your things can be more than a selling strategy. If you make a game of finding new and creative ways of storing the things you truly want to keep, you will always be ready to show off your well-planned space. The challenge of house styling for sale becomes a far easier task.