Have Stuff? Here’s What It Does…

Managing Real Estate Broker with NextHome Experience 17050

Home stager Kathy Streib wrote a great blog post today about the power (and in this case that itsn't a positive) of STUFF. I too often use the word "edit" with clients as that's usually what's needed to get a house ready to sell....removing superfluous items. However in some cases, editing isn't enough. Are you surrounded by STUFF?  Enjoy Kathy's post: 


Original content by Kathy Streib

Have Stuff? Here’s What It Does…

This is the time of year when everyone has there “to do” list...join a gym, get a new website, lose weight. And one that is usually on everyone’s

Top 5 list is to rid themselves of things they no longer wear, use, or want.

This is especially true if you plan on selling your house. It’s been hammered into you by your friends, neighbors, and your agent that you need to get rid of all of your STUFF!


too much stuff


Some call it decluttering. I like to use the word edit. And, as of late, we’ve been using another word I dislike...downsizing.


Whatever you want to call it, it’s time to get rid of, throw away, donate the STUFF you own.


Why, you ask?


Let me tell you what the STUFF you have does to you.


Stifles your productivity. Every time you plan a project or want to do something, there’s your stuff staring you in the face.  It screams Do something with me!!!


T Ties you down. You want to move but the thought of packing and moving all of the items you have stops you in your tracks.  Maybe you want to have houseguests over but where would you put them?

Upsets the balance of free-for-me time vs must- do time.  Weekends that should be spent relaxing or doing the things you enjoy doing are instead spent working around, walking around, thinking about the excess in your life.


F Fills in for what you really want. I knew someone who had 5 large Oriental rugs in her attic. Every inch of her home was taken up with artifacts. What I learned was that she collected all of this because she was bored.


Fosters cluttered thinking.  Have you ever carved out time to sit down with your favorite book only to find yourself reading the same sentence over and over again because your mind is on everything around you?  You feel guilty for sitting down to read because you should instead be going through all of the boxes of items you moved from your former house that you’ve never opened.




In my life, I’ve known very few people who did not have an issue with “stuff.” They have a wonderful ability to keep only what they need and use.

God love them.


However, for the rest of us, consider thinking of what you may be missing or not experiencing the next time you find it hard to part with some of your excess STUFF.



 Kathy Streib 

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Comments (8)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Colleen- thank you for reblogging this. I know that your clients are working with the first best agent in their area!!

Jan 09, 2018 08:26 AM
Delphine Nguyen
Baird & Warner - Northbrook, IL

Great post. That settles it. Out with the stuff! And,  not just my sellers. I'm in. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 09, 2018 08:30 AM
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thank you for sharing this.

Jan 14, 2018 06:09 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Hi Colleen - I actually start feeling anxious in cluttered environments...it's weird. Even the photo of the bookcase in Kathy's post makes me feel off.  I love books, and bookcases, but it looks so cluttered with all the stuff on top...lol.  Good choice for a reblog. D 

Jan 15, 2018 12:46 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Great post to re-blog. Too much stuff is crippling, wish people understood that.

Jan 15, 2018 02:09 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy knows her stuff alright! Great choice to reblog!

Jan 15, 2018 02:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Jan 16, 2018 05:53 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

How very true. Stuff is a sickness that you have to wean yourself off of. That's what resale shops are for.

Jan 26, 2018 03:45 PM