Restyling Bookshelves Phase One: De-Cluttering

If you are thinking of selling your house in the next several years or just want a fresh look, take an afternoon to overhaul your bookshelves. In some homes, they may be the strongest architectural feature in the room. They are always a focal point. Restyling this important area is a no-cost update that can have a strong visual impact, especially in listing pictures and marketing brochures. Nothing says “Grandma’s house” to today’s home buyers like cramped and cluttered bookshelves. Instead, draw buyers into your room with bookshelves that are styled intentionally, simply, and show that you are organized and ready to move.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you really need to keep most of the books you have on your shelves? Evaluate each one to see if you will ever read it again. Open up some space and donate ones that are too brightly colored or obsolete. Remove covers to see if the spines are attractive.
  • Are you allergic to dust mites? Well they are having a party in the pages of your books. Do you like unpleasant smells? Old books absorb house odors, so carefully choose the ones you want to keep.
  • Do you have paperbacks? They don’t display well in a prominent room. If you must keep them, put them in an attractive basket.
  • With so much information on the web, why save  dusty stacks of magazines?
  • When you look at your bookshelves does it relax you? If the answer is no, could it be that there are too many small items, too many colors, just too much going on?

De-clutter now and you will enjoy a look that is open and spacious so that you can enjoy your new look now. Plus, there will be one less item on your “to do” list when you sell. Check out my Pinterest page on bookshelves for inspiration. For more information on de-cluttering, neutralizing and getting your home ready for the market, check out my post on Increasing Buyer Appeal.

My next post will take you through the process step-by-step!

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