Embracing Your Space: The Recluttering Movement in Real Estate

Embracing Your Space: The Recluttering Movement in Real Estate


As the new year unfolds, the notion of decluttering homes is often at the forefront of our minds. Yet, journalist Rob Walker, in his piece 'Clutter is Good for You' in the New York Times, invites us to reconsider. He finds value in items like a cherished ceramic leprechaun, a keepsake from his mother, suggesting that sometimes, objects we consider clutter are actually tangible threads to our past and memories.

In my journey through the real estate landscape, I’ve learned that homes are more than structures; they're reflections of our lives. Each item we hold dear tells a part of our story, and it’s these stories that transform a house into a home.

What is Recluttering?
Recluttering is about embracing and loving our possessions, countering the trend of constant decluttering. It's about displaying what we cherish, be it a set of vintage dishes or a collection of journals.

As a personal example, I have a profound love for dishes, especially those that resonate with the seasons. Among these, the black tiara dishes my nanny gave me are my favorite. They make their grand appearance every Christmas, bringing with them a flood of cherished memories. These pieces aren’t just dishes; they're symbols of love and tradition.

Cluttercore: A Personal Take
Cluttercore, the latest trend in home aesthetics, celebrates the beauty of maximalism. It's about displaying a variety of items that might seem cluttered but are, in reality, deeply sentimental.

In my home, you'll find journals that I hope will one day tell my children and grandchildren about my love for them. These journals, especially the summer ones, are a comfort to me, as they're filled with fond memories. They, along with the numerous books that find their way into all my personal spaces, create a space that's uniquely mine.

Living with Recluttering
Before you discard that small keepsake or old photograph, consider its story and the joy it brings. Recluttering isn’t about accumulating stuff; it’s about cherishing what you have and showcasing it meaningfully. If you do add to your collection, do so thoughtfully, keeping in mind that each item should have its own place and purpose in your home.

As a real estate professional, I encourage you to see your home as a canvas of your life's journey. Let's embrace cluttercore and recluttering to create spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing but also rich in stories and memories.

P.S. A Note for Potential Sellers

While I'm an advocate for the recluttering movement and the personal touch it brings to a home, I must add a crucial note for those considering putting their house on the market. When it comes to selling your home, the principles of recluttering might not translate well in photographs or during viewings.

As a seasoned real estate professional, my experience shows that potential buyers often prefer to see a space that they can envision as their own. This means depersonalizing to some extent. So, if you're thinking about selling, we'll need to pack up some of those personal treasures and create a more neutral space that appeals to a wide range of buyers.

Remember, this doesn't mean letting go of your cherished items forever. It's just a strategic step in showcasing your home in the best possible light for sale. Once you're settled in your new space, you can once again bring out all those meaningful pieces that make a house your home.

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