Resolving to Sell in the New Year: How to De-Cluttering Your Home Before You List It

By: Sheryl Simon


If you’ve been putting off really cleaning out your house, and plan to put your house on the market in the near future, de-cluttering is a worthwhile and necessary task. The condition of your home will make a first, and lasting impression for most buyers, and a property with a lot of disorder and chaos can easily scare off house hunters in the first few moments of a showing. Because of its potential to derail a sale, a messy or “crowded” home is usually identified by a realtor during his or her first walk-through. It’s a tall order to clear out the clutter, so take these tips to heart as you get started:


1) Small Doses – remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Some folks can clean their entire house in a short period of time, but for the vast majority, it’s a little too much to handle. Shoot for 15-30 minutes a day. Even if you can’t see it, you’ll be making progress.



2) Build it in to Your Daily Routine – there are often times when we’re idle during the day, and could be multi-tasking a bit more. Take a few minutes during your morning or evening routine that you otherwise wouldn’t use, and spend those moments cleaning out a closet or spare room. If you’re waiting for the morning pot of coffee to brew, or for the clothes in your washer to finish their cycle, clear out some cabinets or drawers. It all adds up and will get you closer to your goal!



3) One Room at a Time — try to take a room-by-room approach to your de-cluttering. If you try to do too much at once, you’ll never feel like you’ve accomplished anything and you’ll be overwhelmed. You’ll also limit your chances of success. Take one space, focus on it until it’s completed, and move onto the next.



4) Donate What You Don’t Need – if you’re like most people, you have a difficult time throwing things away. You’ll often find yourself thinking, “what if I need this again?” or “I can’t throw this out, it was a gift from my parents.” If you find yourself in this predicament, try to think of how others might benefit more from said items. Donate whatever you can to charity. There are drop-offs for books and clothing, and some nonprofits will come and pick up furniture or appliances. Almost anything you have lying around the house can help the less fortunate; making the donation will ease your mind, give you a sense of accomplishment, and make you feel better in the long run about parting with some sentimental items.



5) Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help – if you’ve been putting this off for some time, you could very well have a mountainous task on your hands. Find someone who knows you well and whom you trust, and ask them for help. We all have friends or family who are more organized than we are – and they can often advise on what’s important to keep, and what can be tossed or “recycled.” Having a couple of extra hands can also turn a normally tedious activity into a fun, social one. If you still find that the job is too tough to handle, or you just don’t have the time, there are professionals you can hire to ensure that your house is methodically de-cluttered, and looks the best it possibly can!



6) Your Trash Could be Someone Else’s Treasure – consider having a yard sale. It will motivate you to clear out the inside and outside of your home – and actually make a few bucks while doing it. And, when all else fails, give it away! If you’re relocating, make a pile in the garage of all of the things you don’t plan on taking with you. Putting all of the unwanted items out on the street for trash pick-up, or attach a “free” sign to them. You’ll be surprised at how quickly they get snatched up. Between


De-cluttering is no doubt a daunting task, but by following these six easy steps, you can avoid becoming overwhelmed with the process, and finally overcome the constant clutter that so many of us deal with on a daily basis. Remember that less is more when it comes to putting your house on the market — rooms will look larger and more attractive with less “stuff” piled up. If you’re thinking of selling in 2015, the first step is to consult a professional real estate broker who can help you prioritize to get the job done. After all, you want to make your home appear as presentable as possible for potential buyers, and you’ll have less to move to your new dream home when the time comes!

New Listing Wellesley

3 Stonefield Lane, Wellesley MA ~ $3,895,000

Stunning Georgian Brick Colonial sited on over an acre of land in sought after Dana Hall neighborhood. Grand foyer opens to gracious dining room with floor to ceiling windows and fireplaced living room with coffered ceiling, wainscoting and hardwood floors. Gourmet kitchen with large island and generous eating area leads to sun filled screened in porch overlooking meticulously manicured grounds. Serene fireplaced master bedroom offers stunning views from private deck. Fantastic third floor with game room, media room and gracious sitting area complete this elegant home. Perfectly located close to schools, train and Wellesley Center.

For more information please contact Debi Benoit.


New Listing Wellesley

30 Fuller Brook Road, Wellesley MA $1,399,000

Stunning center entrance colonial located in a highly desired Dana Hall neighborhood. Spectacular renovations done throughout this home to fit the needs of today’s modern buyer. Beautiful, high-end kitchen opens to a gracious family room, an eat-in area with a custom banquette and an inviting screened-in porch. The sophisticated living room and dining room have a wonderful open feel creating great entertaining spaces. An office with custom built-ins and a generously sized mudroom complete this wonderful first level. The second level offers 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths including an enchanting master suite with vaulted ceilings, custom built-ins, California closets and fireplace. The lower level boasts an incredible game room, recreation room and a full bathroom. Close to town, train and Hunnewell school. A true beauty!

For more information please contact Traci Shulkin.

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New Listing Wayland

203 Hayfield Lane, Wayland MA ~ $1,225,000

Ready to downsize but don’t want to give up on space or sacrifice quality? This is the townhouse for you! Sunny, beautiful, open, end unit with incredible views of meadows and conservation land. Winding driveway. Excellent craftsmanship and high end finishes. Gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances. First floor master bedroom suite with marble bath. First floor laundry. Large patio off kitchen with pergola. Dining room with bay windows. Living room/great room with cathedral ceiling and gas fireplace. French doors open to family room with gas fireplace as well. Second floor with large loft area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, office, and a library that could be converted into a 4th bedroom. Finished lower level with game room, incredible movie theater, exercise room, wine cellar and a full bathroom. Home entertainment with built in speakers incl too! The Field at Mainstone offers a tranquil setting with walking and jogging trails, and yet is just minutes to shopping and restaurants.

For more information please contact Mark Goodstein.

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New Listing Weston

36 Deer Path Lane, Weston MA ~ $4,895,000

Captivating 10,000+ sq. ft. shingle style Manor home is a rare offering of unparalleled space and private sanctuary bordered by acres of town conservation land. A Gourmet kitchen with two butler pantry’s and adjoining family room access a bluestone patio through french doors. Richly appointed with 6 fireplaces, 6 en-suite bedrooms, a mahogany gentleman’s study, master suite with spa bath boasting an oversized steam shower and gas fireplace, whole home AV system and and full size elevator make living easy and luxurious. A finished third floor bonus area with full bath and lower level with playroom, bath, workshop and home theater complete the interior of this special home. Outside, an enchanting oasis designed by renowned Sudbury Design Group is anchored by a cascading waterfall over stunning rock formations all set amidst stone sitting walls, a gas fire pit, built in gas grille, fire placed screened porch and putting green. A masterful blend of craftsmanship and luxury for the generations!

For more information please contact the Burns & Karpowicz Team.

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New Listing Weston

281 Country Drive, Weston MA ~ $5,195,000

Distinctive Estate with private majestic grounds abutting 40 acres of conservation land situated in the prestigious Weston Estates. Uniquely designed with upgrades galore, this 10,000+ sq. ft. residence features six bedrooms, four fireplaces, a grand living and dining room, richly paneled library, and lavish award-winning master bedroom and bath suite customized by an acclaimed designer. The heart of the home is a chic gourmet kitchen with a window filled breakfast room that transitions to a modern family room. Cutting edge full home automation, third floor recreation room and thoughtfully finished lower level with built-in kitchen and french doors lead to the expansive property. Masterfully landscaped by Sudbury Design Group the exceptional outdoor entertaining areas include front and rear stone walls, play ground area, stunning bluestone patio, grille kitchen & masonry fire pit. Boasting beauty & functionality in equal measure, this sophisticated home will satisfy the most discerning buyer.

For more information please contact Amy Mizner.

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(Boston, MA.) – Jared Wilk, a broker with Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. in Wellesley has been elected a director of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors® (GBAR) for 2015.


As a GBAR director, Wilk will serve as an elected representative of the association’s general membership in governing the association’s policies, programs and business activities. He will act as an association ambassador promoting REALTOR® initiatives and communicating directly with members on behalf of GBAR leadership.   This will include appearances at office meetings of local real estate firms and other industry forums to educate agents and brokers on GBAR programs and benefits, assess membership sentiment and convey concerns to association leadership, and inform local Realtors® about industry trends, public policy issues, and the organizational activities of the association that are relevant to members’ business. In this elected position, Wilk also will serve as an association spokesperson and serve as a liaison between GBAR and state legislators through participation in “Calls-for-Action” on legislative and regulatory issues important to the real estate industry.


A Realtor® since 2004, Wilk currently serves on the GBAR Professional Standards Committee and Membership Benefits Committee this year.


Previously, Wilk served on the GBAR Young Professionals Network Committee, Professional Standards Committee and Membership Benefits Committee last year, and has also been a GBAR Director since 2013.


The Greater Boston Association of Realtors® is one of five real estate specialty divisions of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014. The GBAR membership currently totals more than 7,200 residential real estate agents and brokers working in over 800 offices throughout Metropolitan Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. A local chapter of the Massachusetts and National Associations of Realtors®, GBAR is the largest local REALTOR® association in New England.

New Listing Weston

32 Highland Meadows Lane, Weston MA ~ $2,095,000

Located in the premier Highland Meadows 55 and over community. Rarely available and ready to move into. This home with 3,200 plus square feet has been enhanced by the current owners. A gracious foyer that leads to an extraordinary entertainment sized dining room, first floor office with full bath, large open eat in kitchen that leads to a 2 story great room. First floor master bedroom and bath with walk in closet and convenient first floor laundry room. Second floor includes 2 large bedrooms, 1.5 full baths and fabulous loft. Basement is finished with accessory kitchen including refrigerator and wolf stove, bedroom, full bath, recreation room and bonus exercise/second office. This incredible offering also includes fabulous amenities including a club house with various social activities, yoga studio, fitness room, and tennis courts, 2 doors away from unit.

For more information please contact Sheryl Simon.


Open Houses

Come by the open houses we have showing this weekend, Sunday December 21st!



139 Buckskin Drive, offered for $1,790,000 – 12-1:30pm

24 Claypit Hill Road, offered for $1,375,000 – 1-2:30pm

10 Morse Road, offered for $445,000 – 2:30-4pm



22 Sears Road, offered for $3,998,000 – 12-1:30pm

56 Chestnut Street, offered for $3,695,000 – 12-1:30pm

281 Glen Road, offered for $1,185,000 – 2-3:30pm

32 Forest Ridge Road, offered for $1,435,000 – 2-3:30pm