The 4 Best Books for Beating Clutter
Help Buyers Get Rid of Clutter and Organize Their Homes
As a real estate agent, it can be frustrating trying to convince your sellers that they should reduce the clutter in their homes. You know that staging a home is important, but your clients could have emotional attachments to their things, making it difficult to de-clutter.
But, while they might not listen to you, your sellers could be more responsive to lessons from a book. If you’re struggling to help your clients de-clutter, suggest one of these 4 books on battling clutter for a more organized, show-ready home.
1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
This book is a New York Time’s #1 bestseller, and for good reason. Marie Kondo is a Japanese cleaning consultant, and she uses The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to share her KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing things throughout the home.
People who have read the book can attest to it’s clutter-altering power, too. Just take a quick look on Amazon, where the book has amassed more than 10,000 largely positive reviews and testimonials.
2. It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff, by Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh is an organization expert with his own show on TLC (Clean Sweep). He emphasizes a focus on things that add to a person’s quality of life, and the result is a reprioritization of possessions, and even values. The guide is easy-to-follow, straightforward, and incredibly thorough.
As your sellers prepare for the inevitable life changes that come with moving homes, they’ll appreciate the double dose of clutter-clearing advice and life advice.
3. The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify, by Francine Jay
In The Joy of Less, Francine Jay’s goal is to help readers cultivate minimalist mindsets in their daily lives. Anyone who picks this book up and takes the wisdom to heart will learn how to turn the clutter-reduction mindset into a sustainable habit for life.
For even more of Jay’s advice, you can also suggest that your sellers visit her widely popular blog, Miss Minimalist. There are plenty of actionable posts that are bound to inspire de-cluttering.
4. Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go, by Marni Jameson
This particular book is perfect for the family that plans on downsizing, whether that needs to happen for your sellers, or perhaps their aging parents who they’re helping pack up. Regardless of the specific situation dealing with this sort of clutter can be emotionally draining.
Thankfully, Marni Johnson truly understands the emotional struggle that so often comes with downsizing, which gives Downsizing an empathetic and supportive tone.
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