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Decluttering is one of the most important things a homeowner needs to do when prepping for a sale. Of course, it’s also one of the most difficult. Decluttering – especially if you’ve lived in your home for a long time – can feel very overwhelming. But thinking of the project as a bunch of small tasks instead of one big job helps it to feel much more manageable. Here are six 30-minute decluttering projects that will get your home sale-ready in no time. • Edit your books. If you’re a booklover, there’s a chance you have amassed quite the collection. Edit that collection and pass some of your books on for others to enjoy. Consider donating some to your local library. Just think about all the people who’ll get to read them! • Clear the kitchen counters. Countertops are notorious for collecting all kinds of odds and ends. Challenge yourself to clear them off almost completely, leaving out only a few of your most-used small appliances. • Go through your bedside table. If your nightstand has a drawer, it’s likely full with papers and other assorted things. Go through it and toss, recycle or donate anything you no longer want or need. Then neatly stack the rest. • Downsize your wardrobe. Almost everyone has a few pieces in their wardrobe that they no longer wear. And depending on the size of your clothing collection – you may have a lot more than a few. If you haven’t worn something in a year, it’s likely time to say goodbye. • Simplify your linen closet. How many extra towels, sheets, blankets and pillows do you actually need? Probably not as many as you have. Much like with your clothing, if you don’t regularly use your linens, you likely don’t need them anymore.


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