I always ask my clients to declutter before listing a house. People fail to realize how the accumulation of little choochkies and knick knacks can crowd up a space and detract from the clean lines of a room. A simple clearing out and storing of some of your possessions can have a profound effect on putting your spaces best foot forward. As a rule of thumb, I tell me clients to remove between 25-50% of the items on their shelves, mantles, and closets to achieve a cleaner more streamlined look.
Contributors: William Fastow from TTR Sotheby’s International Realty