Home staging is more than just decluttering. Anyone can take everything off the kitchen counter or strip a bathroom so there is nothing in it - so why should people hire someone to do it for them? Professional home stagers are trained to; first get rid of the clutter, then add decorative elements and / or emotional connection points that will appeal to a broad range of home buyers. Just cutting the clutter is not enough. You do not want the room to end up looking stark. Every room should be warm and inviting, beautifully decorated and stylishly current. Homes that have been staged have IT. It is just like Stewart Potter said, "I'm not sure how to define it, but I know it when I see it!"
I figured the best way to illustrate IT is with pictures.
Before- This kitchen looks pretty good. It is not really cluttered although it lacks style and pizazz.
After - Although there are almost exactly the same amount of items on the kitchen counters this kitchen is warm and inviting.
This master bath has been decluttered but it is not inviting.
After - Looks relaxing and inviting. Again there are actually more items in this space than in the before but they are designed to appeal to prospective buyers.
OK - I hope that helps to clarify myth #6. There is more to home staging than just decluttering a space.
If anyone has B&A's they would like to share I'd love to see them.