Home Staging Is Not Just For Sellers. Reduce Stress When You Reduce Mess

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

It's no secret that purging excess STUFF now and then is a good thing.

We all have too much stuff, and most of us don't deal with cleaning house as often as we should. Setting aside some time to reduce your possessions will not only help to make your living space more appealing, it will actually make your life less stressful.

 

Maybe it's a collection, that no longer has the sentimental value it once had, that is taking up valuable space in the family room.

Maybe a child has moved out and what was once their bedroom has become a catch-all for miscellaneous things you never actually use.

Maybe you have brought far too many "treasures" home from the yard sales only to find they aren't as great as you had thought.

 

Maybe you think you don't have the time or the energy to deal with what seems like an overwhelming task.  

It's actually more overwhelming if you DON'T deal with it.  It's more than just visual clutter...it's emotional clutter too. The confusion, discomfort and stress it creates can be very harmful.

 

Once you remove the excess things you no longer need or use and reposition and repurpose the things you do use, a weight will be lifted.

 

There is a calmness that comes from entering an organized, spacious and welcoming room.

 

One of the main things that keeps people from dealing with their stuff is not knowing where to start. 

 

The key is in breaking it up into small, manageable pieces.

 

Don't look at the whole mountain ahead of you...look at one section of that mountain that you can deal with now. Rather than the whole room, concentrate on one corner, one closet, or one drawer. 

 

Once you get started, the satisfaction you feel from completing a few steps

will propel you to take more steps.

Before you know it, you will have climbed the whole mountain!

Most people think of Home Staging as being a real estate thing.

Yes, Home Stagers help prepare homes for sale. But we also provide a valuable service to people who are not selling.

 

A Home Staging consultation is great for updating your style and creating more useful space in your home. We can help you with organization, furniture placement and choosing paint colors too!

 

Whether you are looking for advice on how to best use what you have, or advice on future purchases, a Home Stager can save you time and money!

 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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You're singing my song. Absolutely feel a visceral difference in light and open spaces. Clutter and too much stuff is stifling.  Congratulations on the feature too. D 

Jun 09, 2018 06:51 AM #21
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sharon,
I do love clutter free and organized.  My garage is my nemesis.  I can't seem to let go of a lot of my husbands tools and other things that are stored out there. 

Jun 09, 2018 07:04 AM #22
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Jason Anderson
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Great post. Clutter is definitely both physically and metally exhausting. Knowing where to begin can be difficult, but I have found that its best to not get caught up on big purging plans and just start with something little. A little bit each day ads up!

I keep a quote up that I see throughout the day that keeps me going-wether its for business or personal goals "Progress, not perfection". This keeps me grounded and constantly heading in the right direction.

Jun 09, 2018 07:09 AM #23
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jeff Dowler, CRS  Exactly right....sell, recycle, donate or toss. Once you do, it's amazing how much better you will feel!

Kathy Streib  With all I got rid of for the move, there is still plenty more to go. Just waiting to see which things I'm actually going to use. It's amazing how much stuff we accumulate!

Jana Holmstrup  If only my husband were as organized as I am. 

For your own well being, spend as little time as possible in the garage. LOL

James Grant  Thank you! Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Kat Palmiotti  It does wonders for the soul! Most people have no idea what they are missing.

 

 

 

Jun 09, 2018 10:00 AM #24
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
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I offer this advice to my home sellers. Unfortunately, I rarely take my own advice. :) But your recommendation to take "one bite at a time" is a good one.

Jun 09, 2018 10:02 AM #25
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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John Wiley  You know what I'm talking about then. There is a huge difference in how we feel walking into a neat room compared to a messy one.

It's much harder to function when surrounded by chaos.

Joan Cox  Just taking our weekly ride to the dump with the trash lifts my spirits!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  "Stifling" is the perfect word choice. It's like harder to breathe!

Carol Williams  I understand. That makes sense. You will find a way to let go of them at some point, when the time is right for you. Until then...enjoy your orderly home and spend less time in the garage!

Jason Anderson  "Progress, not perfection" is a great quote to live by. Striving for perfection is exhausting and such a waste of our time. I should know...I suffer from the affliction!

 

Jun 09, 2018 10:07 AM #26
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Sharon Tara
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS  Oh, trust me, I know. It's much easier to give out the advice. LOL

Jun 09, 2018 10:08 AM #27
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Sharon - I keep working on that "one bite at a time." I already had too much stuff, but then when I inherited a whole moving van full of my Mom's stuff... Yikes!

I'm making progress. A couple of weeks ago I donated two prom gowns from the 60's to a charity that provides gowns for girls who can't afford them - and today we sold a 1968 pickup my son bought 20 years ago and never got around to renovating. Next week my other son will be here and will hopefully go home with a few large items of my Mom's that he says he wants... one more bite! 

Jun 09, 2018 11:38 AM #28
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I do this in my own home, as I believe less is more.  I hate having too much stuff and I probably should do it more often, but when I have enough space for everything, I am too lazy to throw stuff out, haha.

Jun 09, 2018 03:04 PM #29
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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This has been an endless job ever since we moved in and downsized Sharon. Every time I look at our entryway; it is full of stuff being recycled or repurposed to charities. When will it ever end?

Jun 09, 2018 10:04 PM #30
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Marte Cliff  Just keep biting! Before you know it, it will all be gone. Of course, that doesn't take into consideration you aquiring more stuff. LOL

Brian England  We all get lazy when we get comfortable. Sounds like you are doing a good job though. If you saw my basement you would never believe I took several trucks full of stuff to the dump and just as much to Goodwill and had a giant yard sale! 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,  A very good question. When will it end? After all I've done so far, I'm still selling stuff on facebook and craigslist and ebay. At least I'm making money. LOL

Jun 10, 2018 07:01 AM #31
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Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
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Oh gosh, such great advise! One bite... my new motto as I do believe less is more. I wouldn't really call myself a Hoarder but I am very close to that, lol.

To the thrift store I go from now on, dropping off unneeded items.

Jun 12, 2018 08:02 AM #32
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
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This hits homes with me, as I am trying to get my husband to get rid of files that he has had forever...:)

Jun 12, 2018 09:20 AM #33
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Pat & Sharon Mistowski
Horizon Lending Services, LLC - Prosper, TX
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Sharon, this is highly useful information for anybody and everybody! People are prone to hoarding more than they'd like to admit and when we start to accumulate clutter, it could lead to a disaster!

 

I agree that not knowing where to start is the biggest culprit of inefficiency and I love your tip of starting small to make decluttering more manageable. Great post!

Jun 12, 2018 05:23 PM #34
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Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
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Quite honestly, I never thought about hiring a Home Stager for someone that is not planning to sell their home. Now I understand it better, lol.

Jun 12, 2018 05:33 PM #35
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hello Sharon - it may not be such an enjoyable process but it is certainly worthwhile although best to deal with that "stuff" on a regular basis.  Good strategy to use too.

Jun 13, 2018 07:16 AM #36
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson  You made me laugh! I hope you unload  lots  of stuff  and  find much peace!

Yes, stagers are very helpful to dwellers too. It makes the whole process much easier, faster and a lot more fun!

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®  Oh the spouse factor is a whole other issue

Jun 13, 2018 08:13 AM #37
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Pat & Sharon Mistowski  I hope many people find it helpful! Thank you.

Michael Jacobs You would think having just moved  I would be clutter free, but I already have the makings of a yard sale building.

Jun 13, 2018 08:17 AM #38
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post!  It's so critical to eliminate clutter. After helping one client de-clutter her home sold quickly.  And I told her - doesn't that feel good?! 

Jun 13, 2018 08:32 PM #39
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Jan Green  I'm sure your client, much like my clients, wishes she had done it sooner.

Jun 14, 2018 06:01 AM #40
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