Class....CLAAAAAASSSS!!!! Listen up! We have work to do!
Jeez, do you remember one of your teachers starting the day that way? I'm not sure what brought that image to mind - it must have been when I saw these definitions actually written out:
Observe - (verb)
- to inspect, to watch carefully especially with attention to details or behavior for the purpose of arriving at a judgment
- to come to realize or know especially through consideration of noted facts
- to take notice
Discern - (verb)
- a: to detect with the eyes; b: to detect with senses other than vision
- to recognize or identify as separate and distinct (discriminate)
Definitions provided by Merriam-Webster Online
Have you noticed a trend here? I began this series with Power; the context I used it in was a verb. The two words listed above are also verbs. Verbs express action or modes of being. Believe it or not, this is going to be particularly important, because when you prepare your home for sale there are basics that really have to be addressed - this ain't no spectator sport. Your Realtor® can do what they do best to help you sell your home and you can get active on what you can do to help.
Of all the tools I have available to me as a professional home stager, I consider the two listed above to be the most valuable and important. Everything else I do flows out of observing and discerning. I don't want to write another top 10 list for home sellers - I want to share. So, here goes...
Watch this video with music by Phil Collins, Take a Look Through My Eyes
As you're watching it, be aware of your surroundings.
Observe everything you can about the immediate space you're in. If it's too big for you, or it puts you in sensory overload, head for a smaller space like a closet or a cabinet; that's OK, because many of those closets and cabinets need attention too. Go ahead and notice the smallest of details and peek under things. Look up, down and around.
Discern with your senses and discriminate (it's really not always a bad word, I promise) and take written notes of what you find, the good (especially the good), the bad and the ugly.
Do you have an idea why I chose that particular video representation for this Blog post?
Have fun and remember............. You've Got Power!
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