New Hampshire Home Stager Tip #3 Pre-Pack Your Stuff

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I understand that dealing with years of accumulation can be overwhelming for you.  But, think about how overwhelming it is for potential buyers to have to look past all your stuff.  You at least have a sentimental attachment to the stuff.

If you want buyers to consider making your house their new home, you need to remove all evidence of you and your family.


If you currently have your house on the market or are planning on selling your house in the near future, then this seven-part series was written for you.

Previous Tips:

Tip #1  Update Lighting Fixtures 

Tip #2  Identify Red Flags


Tip #3  Pre-Pack Your Stuff

It is more commonly known as decluttering.  Supposedly, sellers know they have to "declutter" and yet, the evidence says otherwise.  The mistake most sellers make is in determining what constitutes clutter.  They either don't remove enough or they remove too much, leaving the house cold and vacant.

For best results, hire a professional home stager to tell you what needs to go.

If you intend to prepare your house for sale without professional help, here are some suggestions on reducing some of your clutter. have to deal with this stuff when you move anyways, and if you deal with it sooner instead of can help you sell the house. 

CLOSETS  Pre-packing all off-season clothing, shoes, and accessories will make the closets appear larger.

KITCHEN  Pre-packing all dishes, cookware, and glassware that isn't used daily will make the cabinets appear more spacious.

COLLECTIONS  Having your collections on display is distracting.  Pre-pack them so buyers are looking at the house, not your memorabilia. 

PHOTOGRAPHS  Your goal is to make the house warm, inviting and appealing without any evidence of who actually lives there. 

RELIGIOUS & POLITICAL ITEMS  We want all buyers to feel welcome and at home here. 


This study was so cluttered with the sellers photographs and collectables, buyers couldn't appreciate the details of the room.                                                                                            

study beforestudy after


This living room obviously belongs to someone...a family is living here and their "stuff" is everywhere.  Once the evidence of the family is removed, you can appreciate the room and it's features.

living room beforeliving room after


This dining hutch was cluttered with too much glassware.  The glassware was prepacked and plates were used for a cleaner and more dramatic look.

Dining Room Beforedining after


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Jennifer Zammit
Realty Executives Elite Ltd. - London, ON

Thanks for the post - I thought all your points were very productive.

Aug 17, 2009 10:54 AM #1
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

made me smile -- I didn't even no there was a firplace in the 1st of the secord set of photos!  You are too good!

Aug 17, 2009 01:34 PM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jennifer:  Thank you, I'm glad you found it useful!

Karen:  Thank you, I'm glad I made you smile!

Aug 17, 2009 01:41 PM #3
Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

I couldn't agree more. What a difference it makes in all your before and afters's.

People just can't see past the "stuff" it's way too overwhelming.

I especially like the shoot of the lounge chair ... I just what to dive into that chair! Well done.



Aug 17, 2009 01:51 PM #4
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Sharon - You have the magic touch as evidenced by these before and after pictures.

Congratulations.  Your post is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


Aug 17, 2009 02:01 PM #5
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Great post Sharon.  Clutter just destroys a picture.  Makes you feel kind of suffocated.  Wish all sellers could read your post and GET IT!

Aug 17, 2009 02:27 PM #6
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Oh yes, excellent visuals with the photos Sharon !!!

Great tips :o)

Aug 17, 2009 04:32 PM #7
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Your photos show just how important it is to declutter a house and stage it properly.

Aug 17, 2009 05:43 PM #8
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Liz:  Thank you!  It would be nice to sit in that chair and read for a little while!

Kathy:  Thank you, I appreciate it!

Lori:  "Suffocated" is a great way to describe it!  Thanks.

Sheldon:  I appreciate it!

Christine:  Thank you!  Now we just need sellers to realize the benefit.

Aug 17, 2009 11:03 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- such a good point to make and you made it well.  I'm with Karen, I didn't even see the fireplace in living room "Before" photo.

Aug 18, 2009 01:43 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy:  I would have chosen another paint color, to compliment the fireplace more,  but the sellers wouldn't paint. 

Aug 18, 2009 04:21 AM #11
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Sharon  You certainly are an authority on the subject of staging  Karen

Aug 18, 2009 06:50 AM #12
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Sharon ~ THANK YOU for removing the lacy doily on the dining table too!  I do the same as you do in existing hutches -- recommend removing the glassware in favor of simple plates.  Recently a client looked at me in horror and said "but that's my favorite Waterford!"  We ended up laughing because I have the same Waterford glassware but explained it's just not adding any color to the room.  I think she got it.  Good tips here!

Aug 18, 2009 07:02 AM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Karen:  I am certainly starting to finally feel like one, lol!  Thanks so much for the nice comment!

Maureen:  You are so welcome!  Sellers usually do "get it" with a little further explanation.  But sometimes, it takes more explaining than it should. 

Aug 18, 2009 08:09 AM #14
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Great tips and series Sharon. The photos really make an impact. This would be such a great tool to give to our sellers.

Aug 18, 2009 09:14 AM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lee and Carol:  Thanks, I appreciate it.  Photos always help sellers to better's my weapon of choice!

Aug 18, 2009 09:48 AM #16
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Really great blog article-and your photos really tell the story! Getting packed is one step ahead of being ready for the offers.  Love the paint in the office-WOW that is sure a lot of bang for the buck! 

Aug 18, 2009 04:15 PM #17
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Cathy:  Thank you, you are right, it's all part of being ready to move!

Aug 19, 2009 03:48 AM #18
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

I always pick up something valuable from your great posts, thanks! 

Aug 19, 2009 05:03 AM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janna:  Good to hear!  Thanks!

Aug 19, 2009 08:50 AM #20
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