Getting Rid of the Other “D” Word
One of my least favorite words associated with home staging is "declutter." When I work with clients, I use edit instead. The word declutter can be insulting to the client implying that their treasures are clutter! For me, the word declutter has a negative tone.
There’s another “D” word that I’m not fond of and that is downsizing. When Larry began using that word around me I quickly put a stop to that. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to find a home that would better fit our needs.
But like “declutter” the word downsize has a negative sound to it... as if I’m about to enter the Shrinkie machine that kids have. And, as they say, it’s not what you say but how you say it.
Years ago when we were considering a 55+ community, many of the designs seemed to just shrink a whole house. Every room was smaller…smaller kitchens and living areas! No imagination or consideration for what those in a certain demographic were interested in.
I’m in that demographic and still have 40+ for dinners and family gatherings. Some of my friends couldn’t care less if they cook again.
When you’re speaking to sellers or buyers, consider the words you use. Talk about rightsizing to fit their lifestyle…how they entertain or if they plan on out-of-town guests and family visiting.
Hear what they are saying to you about their needs and lifestyle. Don’t assume that because they are of a certain age that their whole life will be shrinking.