Are you one of those homeowners that have been toying with the idea of selling your home, but the thought of eliminating all the clutter is causing you to put it off? ?When it comes time to list, it’s time to seriously think about decluttering your space.

Having too much clutter will not only cause frustration and wasted time on your part, but it can also do damage when it comes time to open up your home to prospective buyers.

By nipping this issue in the bud, you’ll not only save on moving costs, but you’ll also help buyers to more easily picture themselves in your space. A decluttered home presents well aesthetically and can make any living space feel larger and more inviting.

Some people struggle with reducing their belongings so much so that they turn to a professional organizer to get their home in ship shape. Most of us however will tackle it ourselves by diving in to a DIY decluttering headspace.

Here are some simple tips to help you achieve a more streamlined living space.

Get organized. Set up large bins or garbage bags and label them for donations, recycling, trash and repair/return. Don’t forget to have a paper shredder on hand for those sensitive documents you’re parting with.

Tackle small projects first. Look to achieve smaller goals like sorting through your junk drawer, DVD collection and photo albums. Then move onto larger tasks.

Make the call. Likely the hardest part of decluttering is making the decision to either keep, or get rid of an item. When it comes to clothing, as the saying goes – If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. If you have a duplicate item, keep one and say goodbye to the other. Stumble on something that’s broken? Ask yourself if it’s worth the cost to repair it.

If you’re still struggling to meet your reduction goals, consider renting a storage space or a PODS® storage container temporarily. Although the extra costs are not ideal, by going this route you can hang on to a few more possessions while your house is on the market.