How to Organize Your Closet Before Putting Your House on the Market

While they’re often overlooked, closets have the potential to make or break the sale of a home.

When it comes to selling a home, you can’t just put your house on the market as is. There are a few things that you need to cross off of your to-do list first in order to ensure that your home is appealing to potential buyers. One of those tasks revolves around organization.

It seems obvious that a home needs to be well organized before showings start taking place. However, there are a few rooms in every house that often get overlooked. And it’s those rooms that have the potential to make or a break a home sale.

“The top three rooms that buyers pay attention to when looking at a house are kitchens, bathrooms and closets. If those aren’t organized properly, it can make for an unpleasant home ownership experience,” said Bob Lewis, president and CEO of Closet & Storage Concepts. “That’s why we work with a lot of interior designers and home stagers. One of the first things they advise their clients to do when selling their home is to remodel their closets.”

There’s no shortage of ways to organize your closet. To clear out space, it’s helpful to donate or sell anything that you haven’t worn in over a year. And to keep track of where you store certain types of clothes, hang similar items together. What you decide to classify as similar is up to you—for example, you can hang things up by color or clothing type. But organizing your closet doesn’t end with clothes. In fact, one of the easiest ways to make a closet look organized is to rearrange your shoes.

“Shoe storage is key. That’s one thing that really sets an organized closet apart from the rest—there’s nothing worse than looking at a pile of shoes thrown all over the floor,” said Lewis. “By getting your shoes off the floor, however, and moving them to eye level makes all the difference. If you’re only going to do one thing to your closet before you sell your home, I absolutely recommend investing in proper shoe storage.”

The impact that organized closets have on a home throughout the entire showing process shouldn’t be overlooked. Not only does it help show off the organizational features that a house has to offer, but it also makes other rooms look better to buyers.

“What ends up happening with an organized closet is that people can remove the clutter from their homes. Instead of having shoes or clothes pile up in a bedroom, everything has its specific place in a closet. That makes bedrooms and even family rooms look better and more aesthetically appealing to potential buyers,” said Lewis.