Prepping Your Alexandria House for Sale: Marie Kondo Method

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According to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, the 2020 real estate market valued the average Alexandria house 9 percent above the 2019 average. As a homeowner, it might seem like a quick sale is guaranteed. 

Not quite. 

There are more homes on the market in 2021. It’s essential to do as much as you can to make your listing more attractive to prospective buyers. One easy starting point is to clean and prepare your home for showing. 

Don’t worry— taking small, intentional steps to declutter your home can work in your favor. One of our favorite ways to do this is by using the Marie Kondo method to tidy up and show off your home in its best light. 

What is the Marie Kondo Method? 

Marie Kondo is an internationally known consultant whose philosophy on minimalism has gone viral. Since her Netflix series and bestselling book, Marie’s unique methods have changed the way homeowners attach meaning and value to their things. 

The Marie Kondo Method (also known as the KonMari Method) believes in assessing your belongings to bring positive energy to space. Many people enjoy using this method because it provides a dedicated time to look at one’s things and make space for something new. 

Should You Use the Marie Kondo Method On Your Alexandria House? 

It can be challenging to prepare a home for a showing, especially if you have spent many years in that home.  However, the Marie Kondo Method might be a good fit for you if:

  • You’re selling your house and want to present the space professionally
  • You’re prepping a family member’s home for an estate or garage sale
  • You want a stress-free moving day

Even if you aren’t planning on listing your home right away, it is always a good idea to prepare. There aren’t any downsides to implementing the Marie Kondo Method right away.  

Marie Kondo Method Rules

If you have lived in your home for years, you have likely collected a lot of stuff. Don’t worry about that! The Marie Kondo Method approaches cleaning in a very systematic way. 

With this method, there are six rules to follow:

  1. Commit to tidying up

    Now that you have decided to sell your home, this task may be time-sensitive. Choose a day or a weekend to complete this chore.  

  2. Imagine your ideal lifestyle. 

    Are you moving because you want to downsize? Are you looking into purchasing a different style of home? Think about what de-cluttering could do to support this new lifestyle. 

  3. Discard first

    Eliminating as much as possible will help you feel less overwhelmed. 

  4. Tidy by category, not by location (more on this in a bit)

    If you stick to tidying by room, you might find ways to keep unnecessary items simply by rearranging. Commit to collecting and sorting by specific category. This is so you can compare all of the things of that type.

  5. Ask yourself if the items you are organizing spark joy

    If you are feeling indecisive, go with your gut. Have you used the thing lately? Would you miss it? 

  6. Follow the proper order.

    Below you will find a list of the specific groups to organize in order. 

The Five De-Cluttering Categories 

In the Marie Kondo Method, all belonging types are separated into specific groups to determine their value and proper place: 

  • Clothes – learn more about the KonMari folding method here
  • Books
  • Papers – essential documents, files, 
  • Miscellaneous items – toys, home office supplies, tools, electronics
  • Sentimental items

Once each item type has found its way into its respective pile, it’s time to go through each and determine its value. Follow each category to complete your prep. 

What to Keep

What makes the Marie Kondo Method different from an average cleaning spree is the emphasis placed on what to keep– not what to throw away or get rid of. This can be hard to get used to, especially if you feel like you need to keep everything you have just sorted.  

Remember– you’re selling your house. It’s time to be very intentional about how you want to present it to others, as well as what you’d like to take with you once you successfully close on a sale. 

Consider these things as you go through your items, one at a time:  

  1. Does the item bring you joy? This one is important. When was the last time you used the thing? Is it associated with memory? Do you have duplicates? 
  2. Suppose it does bring you joy, great! It’s yours to keep in an intentional place.
  3. If it doesn’t, it’s time to let it go. 

The third step is essential. Clearing space can help prospective buyers imagine themselves in the space and may encourage an offer. 

Move On With Gratitude 

You did it. You sorted, and de-cluttered, and cleaned up your space. You might feel a little closer to closing this chapter. You should feel a little more prepared to move on with items that are worth taking with you when you sell. 

The work you have done here can give prospective buyers a vision of their future homes. The house could “spark joy” for them, too! 

The most important thing to remember is this: in the Marie Condo Method, tidying is a celebration. The time you spend going through your belongings can provide a sense of closure and get you excited for your next home. 

Need help finding your next Alexandria house? Read more in our blog.