How to: Declutter your home, room-by-room.

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Time to sell your home, or just ready for a tidy-up? I give you my top decluttering tips.


Getting your home ready to sell starts with one simple action; decluttering the space. This might seem like a big feat to begin with but trust me, the process is worth it.

I’ve worked with numerous real estate vendors around Sydney and my experience property styling in the real estate industry has taught me one thing; people need to envision the home as theirs.

Styling a property gives potential home buyers two different views. One, how great the space can look (that’s where my design skills come in!). Secondly, they need to be able to see THEIR items in the space – and that’s why decluttering is just as important as styling. The one example I always use is the closet. A full closet often looks smaller and potential buyers can baulk at the idea of fitting their clothes in. A tidy closet that’s only half full of neatly hanging clothes? Plenty of room!

Well-organised closet with room for more pieces.

We all accumulate stuff over the years, but nothing is more satisfying than a tidy and beautiful home. You may have already guessed it, but when you’re decluttering storage is key! Smart storage makes less work for you in the long run, so shop my top storage options below and let’s get started!

Step 1: Getting Started

Put aside a weekend (you’re going to need it). Pour a glass of champagne (vital), turn up the music, and even put an essential oil diffuser on. You mood is set and you’re ready to go!

Step 2: The Five-Box method

Begin by getting five boxes (cardboard boxes do fine) and designating each one to a purpose; trash, recycle, donate, fix and keep. Each item in every room can be placed into one of these five categories. Use this method for every room below!

Step 3: What stays and what goes

Whenever you buy something new, try to get rid of something you don’t use or wear anymore to make space for the new one; this might be someone else’s treasure!
If you haven’t worn something for 6-12 months, chances are you won’t wear it again.
Put clothes that aren’t in season into storage.
Recycle! For instance I save nice boxes I get from shops or gifts and use inside drawers and cabinets to organise things. Where possible I recycle some of my clothes (thanks to my Mum the dressmaker!).
Use the Five Box Method.
Go room by room – don’t start the next room until you’ve finished the one you’re on!

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Start by: Organising your pantry, drawers and shelves.

Start with your key storage spaces first, pantry and upper cabinets. Then move onto the lower cabinets, drawers and under the kitchen sink.
Most importantly concentrate on your countertop. Move as many items as possible off of the countertop and into storage spaces. Keep only what you use every single day out.

You know you’re finished when: Your bench is clean and empty, you open the pantry and see lots of containers and canisters, your pots and dinnerware are stored nicely.

Store food in clear canisters and jars are great way to keep your pantry organised.

A kitchen benchtop without a messy dish in sight.

Living Room

Start by: Focusing on beauty – you are in this space a lot so plan how to display things beautifully if they are exposed, or choose a nice piece of furniture for storage.

Decide on permanent storage spaces for commonly used items such as remote controls, magazines, and books. Start with bookcases, console, and side tables. Then move onto your coffee table and entertainment center. Empty them, assess the items they store and then return them to their proper storage spaces. Put books away, action your mail, return remote controls to their proper places, fold blankets, etc. The key is to de-clutter this space daily by making sure you have storage for everything.

You know you’re finished when: Items that can be seen are displayed beautifully and the room is pleasing to your eyes.

A bar cabinet to display and store your glassware and drinks is a smart and beautiful option for dining rooms.

Master Bedroom

Start by: Making your bed! Immediate progress.
Remove anything from your nightstands that doesn’t belong. Do the same with the tops of dressers and chests. Put away any clothing.
Next go through each drawer. Take everything out. Pull out anything that is no longer worn and put it aside to donate. Fold everything you’d like to keep. Use the Five Box method for each item of clothing.

You know you’re finished when: You can open your wardrobe or walk into your closet and you can see what you have, your clothes are colour coordinated and/or hung by design/styles. Items in drawers are organised with dividers or boxes.

Keep all your belongs in the right place.

Children’s Rooms

Start by: Designating spaces for storage for all of their toys.

Follow the steps from the Master Bedroom above and use the Five Box method.

You know you’re finished when: You walk in and there aren’t toys lying everywhere!

A toy box and a window seat for a reading corner all in one.


Start by: Getting baskets for storage and organising toiletries.

Take everything out of your medicine cabinet and throw out outdated medications, makeup, and skincare products. Put everything you’re keeping immediately back into the cabinet, storing the items you use most often at eye level.
Remove everything from drawers and put items you’re going to keep back, with what you use most often in the top drawer.
Do the same routine with your shower/bath. Finally, pull everything out from below your bathroom sink and use the Five Box Method.

You know you’re finished when: There are fluffy and clean towels hung nicely, a beautiful basket/clothing hamper, and a specific place to display your toiletries in the shower.

Inexpensive smart solutions to organise your bathroom.

I’d love to hear all about your creative ways to declutter your home, so make sure you head over to my Instagram and leave a comment on my latest decluttering post! What do you do to ensure your home stays tidy during the selling process?

Keep in mind, I offer a decluttering service as part of my Property Styling package. If you’d rather leave it to a professional, make sure you get in touch, I’d love to chat with you.

Dani xx

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