Your clients are ready for the next phase in life.  Maybe they are ready for a larger home for their growing family or maybe they have married off their last child and are now Empty Nesters.

 

What is the first step to prepare their home for the move and sale on the current Real Estate market?

 

Spring Cleaning, a.k.a. Decluttering

 

Remind your clients that the clutter they are keeping around isn’t adding value to their life. Are the items they are holding onto relevant to their life right now?

 

Marie Kondo, best-selling author, star of Netflix’s hit show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and founder of KonMari Media, Inc., encourages you to ask yourself “Does it bring you joy? If you answer yes, you keep the item. If you hesitate or say no, you donate it or throw it out. It’s simple, it’s brilliant, and it’s something that’s completely intuitive. You can spend a lot of time justifying how something might at some point be useful to you and therefore decide to keep it, but whether something brings you joy is an emotional question and one that can be answered almost instantly: If you feel joy or if you don’t feel joy – there’s no need to make it more complicated than that.”

 

Hopefully they have taken your advice and gone through every shoebox filled with old photos, the disintegrating cardboard box filled with old high school and college memorabilia, and agreed it is time for Dad’s old gold recliner to go. What do they do with all of this “stuff”?

 

It’s time to donate to a local charity but how do your clients locate a good Charity?

 

Charity Navigator – www.charitynavigator.org – was created in 2001 to provide accurate best practices on local charities so charitable givers can make intelligent giving decisions. TIME Magazine, Forbes , Reader’s Digest, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine have published their accolades. Their leaders have “provided expert analysis and commentary on the charitable sector for NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’s The Early Show. “ Charity Navigator has a large number of resources to aid in finding the best fit Charity for your client’s donations. They may also consider giving to their local churches.

 

Working with your clients who are moving up or downsizing is challenging so it is important to share solid advice that eases their transition. Growing up we called it Spring Cleaning but this is better described as Decluttering. If it doesn’t bring them Joy or add Value to their lives it is time for it to go. We wish you the best of luck as you conquer the world of Cleaning and Decluttering this Spring with your clients.