Home Staging Tip For Sellers: Capitalize On Your Closets

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations


 Home Staging Tip For Sellers:  Capitalize on Your Closets.  Every closet, cabinet and drawer in your home has the potential to impress a buyer.   Home Staging isn't just about furniture, paint color and fresh towels.

 Home staging is about creating a perception of value in the minds of potential buyers. 

Advertisers spend a lot of time, effort and money making their products appealing.  Every image, color and font is specifically chosen to be attractive to buyers and to make the product stand out from the competition. It's no different when selling your house.  If you want buyers to choose your home over the others on the market, you need to make sure it's more appealing and more memorable.

One seldom used strategy for appealing to buyers is impressing them with organization.



Clean, organized cabinets and closets send a message to buyers that a very organized, meticulous person lives there.

The entire house is then perceived as being well maintained. 

It really isn't that much extra work...consider it a headstart on your packing.

Take one room or closet at a time.

Remove all off-season clothing.

Pull out everything you don't use on a daily basis.


Divide into three piles...

1.  Trash  

   2.  Donate  

   3. Pre-pack

All remaining items should be arranged neatly, putting like items together and storing small items in matching storage containers. 

Having labels facing out will create an even greater sense of order.


Make sure closet floors are free of clutter, swept, and clean.

Make sure cabinet shelves are clean and either painted or covered with shelf liner. 

Wipe all drawers in kitchen and bathrooms with a damp cloth.  Don't forget to clean out medicine cabinets.

Hire a cleaning service or professional Home Stager to do the work for you, if you prefer. 


Your competition will not be making the extra effort ... giving you the advantage.  

So, why not capitalize on your closets?


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Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I have been working on my own closet this week.  So great to get it done and to get rid of clothes that I no longer wear.  As far as showing a home, you are so right that organized closets make a huge difference.  A must-do for all sellers.

Jul 23, 2011 02:00 AM #43
Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Sharon -- great advice.  I opened a closet last week and a bunch of 'stuff' rolled out. The buyer just laughed it off saying that it looked like her closets.  But when she then went to a house with orderly closets, she was quick to make a comment on how clean and well kept the house was.  An organized closet  definitely leaves the buyer with a positive impression about the overall maintenance of the home.

Jul 23, 2011 04:57 AM #45
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ann:  Many times sellers think it's out of sight and won't do any harm...great idea to add "organizing closet" to the checklist.

Evelyn:  Perception is very important and not to be taken lightly!

Valerie:  Excellent advice!!  Saves time later on and keeps closets all uniform in color...another sign of good maintenance.

Ellen:  We all have messy closets at one time or another....or most of the time, LOL!  But as long as the house isn't listed, it's nobody's buiness but your own.

Jul 23, 2011 05:06 AM #46
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ruthmarie:  If you want organized closets, then organize your closets.  It's not really that hard and you will feel so good afterwards that you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

Gene:  Now you won't be able NOT to think of it!

Kathy:  Wow!  It does look like a hoarder lives there!  Good thing they have your help, they obviously needed it.

Mike:  That's all I'm saying...you are going to do it anyways, doing it now will help the whole process go faster!

Gretchen:  Baby steps!  Much better to take some bites out here and there than to try and do it all at once!

Kristi:  Get to work!  LOL!  Let us know how fabulous you feel with your new organized closets!

Anna:  No sense sweeping the dirt under the rug...hiding it isn't dealing with it.

Sharon:  It makes life easier, and isn't that a good thing?



Jul 23, 2011 05:47 AM #47
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

More excellent advice from Sharon.  I completely agree and I think you should market a video for Realtors to lend to prospective sellers.  I'll buy one. 


Jul 23, 2011 06:01 AM #48
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Absolutely brilliant - this is a simple, smart idea to help make the hous look good, as well as keep the move to a easier one!  

Love it, off to re-blog.

All the best, Michelle

Jul 23, 2011 08:42 AM #49
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Woo Hoo!  I tell clients to make their linen closets look like the towle section in a department store:  neatly folded, sorted by size and color...

Jul 23, 2011 08:48 AM #50
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Sharon - this is excellent and a well deserved feature!  This advise is like the "cream" on top of a well staged home - open the closets to find everything in place and you have to know that this home has received the highest level of care and maintenance.

Jul 23, 2011 09:14 AM #51
Jane Foster
Masterpiece Realty Associates - La Jolla, CA

Sharon, as an Interior Designer and a realtor, also, I agree whole heartedly.  My experience with buyers has also shown me that decluttering the entire house is a good idea even if you have to rent a storage room to put all those boxes of pictures, nick nacks, and happy mementos that you love but make the house look small and cluttered.  It is inconvenient and can be a little uncomfortable, but buyers can't imagine how a house will look decluttered.  I've even had interior designers as buyers who would not buy a home because when the sellers moved out, they did not clean the walls or paint.  They told me it looked like the house had been used very hard and not well maintained when all it needed was a coat of paint.  Jane Foster of Masterpiece Realty Associates of Del Mar, CA

Jul 23, 2011 03:32 PM #52
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janet:  I'm surprised at this response from sellers too.  I had a seller tell me once that she has never looked in the cabinets or closets when buying a house....I can't imagine!

Bernadine:  True, you don't have to be moving to live in a clutter free environment!

Michael:  Buyers will visualize their life in the house, just as they see yours presented to them.  Show them space so they perceive it as spacious.

Paula:  It's a great feeling!  I bet it makes you smile everytime you go in there.

Erica:  And it sends a clear message to potential buyers that a pack rat lives there, LOL!

Barbara:  Perfect example, thank you for sharing it!


Jul 24, 2011 03:29 AM #53
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lloyd:  The nicest compliment I've gotten all week!  Thank you!  If and when I decide to make the video, I will let you know!

Michelle:  I appreciate that, thank you so much!

Julie:  Great way to explain it, that is something they can visualize easily.

Barbara:  I appreciate that, thanks!  It's the little touches that make a house stand out from the others on the market.

Jane:  Paint will make a huge difference and I just don't understand when sellers don't use it to their advantage.



Jul 24, 2011 12:26 PM #54
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

This can be a big plus when the seller does this.

Jul 24, 2011 04:25 PM #55
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Excellent advice, Sharon! The first thing many buyers do when they walk into a home for sale is go into the kitchen and start opening drawers and cupboards...and they almost always look inside the closets! I re-blogged this post. :)


Jul 24, 2011 04:49 PM #56
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Sharon ~ Sellers sometimes seem surprised when I advise them to stage the closets -- your tips are excellent.  As you pointed out, taking everything off the floor of the closet is one way to make the closet look much bigger!

Jul 24, 2011 04:56 PM #57
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Fabulous post, our home is on the market and I cleaned out as much as I could, stored, donated and sold what was needed. Worked for months getting ready!

Jul 24, 2011 05:37 PM #58
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Michelle:  And yet, many don't.

Leilani:  Thank you so much for the reblog!  Glad you found it share worthy.  Kitchen cabinets are so important, they really leave an impression...especially if they have sticky rings and crumbs in them!

Maureen:  It's not always realistic to LIVE this way, but when SELLING...it's worth the inconvenience to put a little effort in and create a lasting and positive impression.

Cathy:  Of course you did!  I would expect no less from you! Best of luck for a fast sale!!


Jul 25, 2011 05:26 AM #59
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
Thanks for the blog always nice. To have a reminder.
Aug 10, 2011 03:36 AM #60
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wendy:  You are welcome!

Aug 10, 2011 10:08 AM #61
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

just cleaned out all of my closets for the new year, threw out a ton of stuff.

Jan 09, 2012 06:09 AM #62
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Tori:  Feels great doesn't it!

Jan 09, 2012 07:14 AM #63
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