Inexpensive ways to home stage and redesign green. Welcome to my Green Home Staging blog. As a professional, certified home stager & redesigner, I hope to give you ideas on how to home stage and redesign "green". While you're organizing and sorting, getting ready to sell, think about ways to recycle, reinvent and reuse: Recycle to a different location in your home, reinvent an item, reuse by re-purposing items you might otherwise throw away.
Here are a few ideas you and your sellers can use:
- Cut down an old table cloth or sheet into a runner, add some trim and brighten up a dark table or make placemats and "stage" your dining table for showings. You don't even need to use a sewing machine. Iron on tape is available at craft and fabric stores and can be used to hem the edges with just a hot iron!
- Glass jars make great candle holders. Fill with decorative rock and add a tealight or votive. Voila!! Burn vanilla scented candles in your kitchen during showings and open houses.
- Give new life to an old table by covering it with decorative ceramic tile -- maybe even some you have left over!
- Make trivets for hot dishes or stands for potted plants out of old tile -- add felt pieces to the bottom to prevent scratching. Fresh plants add life to a room.
- Clean and disinfect an old shower curtain by soaking it for a couple of hours in a bathtub filled with warm water and vinegar. Use it as a tablecloth for the picnic table. Setting your outdoor space adds another element for buyers to appreciate and imagine using.
- Return unused vases from floral shops back to the floral shop or gather some flowers from your garden, place in the vase and make your neighbor's day! Or put out fresh flowers for showings and open houses.
- Luggage, either new or old, can be used to store off season clothing and extra blankets. This is a wonderful space saver. Add a cedar block or dryer sheet to keep things fresh. You want to show buyers that your home has plenty of storage space.
- Start packing for that move and use empty egg cartons for packing material. They act as shock absorbers for fragile items. Don't forget to reuse packing "peanuts" too.
- Check out www.freecycle.org where you can post items to be given away to someone who can use them.
Reusing items saves money, reduces waste and is a way to do something positive for the environment. Visit my website at www.dwdesignstudio.org for tips and tricks for home staging your home and "green" links to websites with ideas and information about greener living -- even when you're selling!!!