How to handle your Kids' stuff while listing your home
Something that I definitely stressed about when I was pregnant with my daughter was what we would do with all of her sh*t at home. In my humble opinion, baby gear and toys are just kindof fugly, and they realllllly interfere with my design aesthetic. Call me loony, I'm just saying what you're all thinking.
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Fast forward a couple years, and we were in the process of moving. I KNEW I would need to hide all of her brightly colored tents and blocks and rocking horses for real estate photos and showings. Where to begin? I followed these simple steps to get ready for showings AND get organized and a jump-start on packing.
1. Store or Donate everything that kiddos aren't using RIGHT NOW.
It's so hard to part with that beloved dolly that your little one once carried around everywhere, and you're CERTAIN baby #3 will just LOVE the play gym from baby #1. That's all fine and well, but for now, get rid of it. If your brood is done expanding, consider donating baby gear/toys/clothing to a child-centric charity, or pass it along to friends and family. Or if you'll need it later on, invest in a bunch of Large clear storage bins and pack everything away. Be sure to label!
2. Store out of season items.
To further pare down, put away clothing/gear that is clearly out of season. Listing your home in early spring? Pool toys, water tables, and other summer goodies are certainly not needed right now. Listing in the dead of summer? Snow gear, sleds, and all those large indoor play-things you rely on to get you through winter inside need to go. Again, large clear storage bins, labeled, are your best friend.
3. Creatively camouflage what's left.
After you have mercilessly combed through everything and hopefully donated or stored A LOT of it, we must deal with the items your kids use every day.
First, make space for your children's toys and gear in cabinets, shelves, and closets. This means storing and donating YOUR stuff so that your kids have some hidden space for their every-day things too.
Next, invest in a BUNCH of matching tasteful baskets/bins in which to put the leftovers that must remain "out." This strategy takes clutter from chaotic to clean and organized. We like ones from The Container Store, Target, and Wayfair. Just make sure to get more than you think you need (you can always return those you don't), we can almost guarantee you will use all of them.
And that's it! Quickly tidy up by replacing items in their respective "hiding place" - closets, cabinets, and storage baskets - before showings. And who knows, maybe you'll bring this organized habit to your new home! *A girl can dream*
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