How to Keep Your Sanity While Selling Your Home

Katherine Stanislawski
Published on March 29, 2016

How to Keep Your Sanity While Selling Your Home

How to Keep Your Sanity While Selling Your Home


You may have guessed as much, but you’ll need to keep your sanity while selling your home. Don’t worry if you’re stressed – I have tips and tricks that will keep you from losing your mind while your home is on the market.

Your Team

First, you need a hardworking REALTOR®It should be someone who can handle giving you some tough love when necessary. For instance, when you are trying to determine the price of your house, you want the most for your house – I understand that, but you also don’t want your home to sit on the market because you started off higher than what the market could bear. It’s important to have a REALTOR® who doesn’t agree with everything you say just to get the listing. Trust me, listing a house properly takes a lot of time and effort. I don’t want to waste my time and marketing funds on a home that will never sell simply because the price is too high. As in any relationship, communication is key. Not every showing agent is going to leave me feedback as to what their Buyer thought of your home, but when they do, I’ll get that information to you in a timely matter. Feedback is important for determining what avenues we may need to consider in order to get your home sold!



Be Mr. Clean

I know you’ve heard this, but it’s worth saying it again: you need to deep clean. Your kitchen should look good enough to eat off of every surface. Believe me, I know it’s a tall order and I’ve been there. I’ve sold a house while living in it with five children. It was hard but I’m proud to say I continuously received feedback on how clean and tidy my home was – and not long after, it sold. A clean house gives an overall impression to potential Buyers that you care. They look around and think, “Hey, this Seller has really taken care of this house.”

After you’ve done the initial cleaning, you need to figure out how to keep your home looking its best. Whether you are single or married with children, there is one item that can really help you out.

Imagine this: you’ve just pulled in to your garage after a long day at work. It’s about 5:15 PM and you get a call from your REALTOR® asking if someone could show the house at 5:30 PM. Panic strikes as you hurriedly agree. All of the sudden, you remember the breakfast dishes in the sink, the bed you didn’t bother making, and the toys strewn about the floor from last night’s playdate.

No worries! You’ve got a good 15 minutes to load the dishwasher and quickly wipe the sink down.

Now for the #1 Thing You Need to Keep Your Sanity

Don’t be mad because it’s such a simple thing.

So, can you handle the truth?

A laundry basket.

61rUfFIfuVL._SL1200_Yep, you read that right: an everyday laundry basket. It’s so simple that it’s almost comical. Here’s how to make it a part of your exit strategy.  By leaving it by the front door or the garage door, whichever door you leave the house through. Have a last minute showing and don’t have time to put things away? Throw it in the laundry basket and take it with you when you leave the house. Simple, right? As a mother who used this simple household item with remarkable results, believe me – it really does work! Whatever is left out, whether it’s mail, kids’ papers, your coupon book, toys, whatever, toss it in the laundry basket and take it with you.

When you return home, take all of those things out of the laundry basket and put them in their proper place. It may be a good time to consider implementing the “one-touch” method sometimes called Complete the Cycle Method. Start this new routine with something small. I started with the mail. Instead of stacking up the bills to pay later, I began by opening the mail, putting recyclables in the bin, paying the bills I just opened, and then filing the statements away. Pretty simple, huh? I think so, too. If you really want to get serious about decluttering, I would suggest you read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, also available on Audible.

I hope you found this little tip to be helpful. I know the laundry basket really helped me to keep my sanity when I was selling my home in Rolla, Missouri and I’m sure it can help you too!

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