Do Stagers have A.D.D.??

Home Stager with Sensational Home Staging

Not to trivialize those with A.D.D. which I know is a serious concern for people with but I wonder if Stagers have a little bit of Attention Deficit Disorider . . .  as one of the characteristics is a short attention span....

And most Stagers I talk with share that one of the things they love best about Staging is that you get in, do your thing, and get out and move on to the next project.  I know I am that way. 

I am not a person that has just one thing going on and find it hard to sit and read a book. I like reading, but I sit there thinking about all the stuff I need to do - so I pick up the "short story" books - that I can catch on the fly.  No deep thinking novels at this point in my life.  I am a "human-doer" not a human-being.  There is always something that has to be done - so I rarely just sit and do nothing, althogh I will chill in my pool on a hot day - just floating and thinking.

Maybe it's because I juggle my business, my husband and his business, and our four children and all their activities - that I have adapted to a quick pace.  I can be cooking dinner, handling calls, helping a child with a poster project . . . simultaneously.

With Staging, there is the focus work that has to happen - the preparation of proposals that take time and attention to detail that has to happen with marketing, business documents, etc. - and even with Staging, the fine touches and fine tuning . . . so I do it when it is needed.

But when I am creating - I love the instant change I get to see in a house that is being Staged.  It must be the same way a painter feels when they paint a wall and see the instant results.  Of course, they have all that annoying prep work with taping things off - that I hate . . . just let me get to the fun part!

I honestly share that I am "3-time girl" - I really don't want to visit a client's house more times than that if I can help it.  Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't love and appreciate my clients - I just don't want to see them over and over!  Once I get the hosue done, I want to move on to the next project.  The next time I see that client it should ideally be for another project - not the same one.

I have done the hand-holding, shopping with my client, helping them pick things out - and when it drags on or they can't make a decision - I find it really boring to be honest.  I do my share of "Staging to Live" projects - and know that when the Staging gets slow, the STL jobs can sustain me . . . but I still prefer the quick work of Staging to Sell.

I love seeing the instant transformation that takes place with Staging - so I get my "quick fix" and instant gratification - versus waiting for a long-term project vision to be carried out.

I am not an impatient person - I have staying power when needed, but by choice, I prefer what I do in Staging and I like that I can make a big impact in a short time, and get accolades, and move on to my next challenge.

Do you fall into the A.D.D. Stager cateogry?  Seems like it would be a kindred spirit trait in those of that truly found our calling in Staging.

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Jennie Norris, ASP Master, IAHSP-Premier, SRS, REO, Owner & Principal Stager, Sensational Home Staging serving the Greater Denver region

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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
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I understand what you mean by getting a quick fix by Staging.

I help seniors in transition. You may have to be at their home for two weeks just sifting through 50 years of  paper etc. before you can stage.

I know  many stagers that would not take on this work as they say they like to get in and out in one,, two or three days tops.

So maybe there is some truth to what you ask about Stagers.

Jul 09, 2008 01:48 PM #1

Ha! Cracks me up.  If I had a dime for every time I said out loud "I MUST have ADD!"  I also work with design clients in between staging.  I find gratification in the relationship that builds with a design client but I think because of the staging side of my business that the long process of design can get annoying.  We, as stagers, are not used to considering the opinions of an individuals taste.  We are appealing to the masses with our work so it is a bit of a challange to wear both hats.  This business can get crazy when you spend half a day telling your clients to take down their family photos and the rest of the day creating a beautiful family photo display "wall" for another. Sounds like the perfect way to feedthe ADD beast ???  hee hee

Jul 09, 2008 02:54 PM #2
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regions Premier Home Staging Resource,

I totally relate - and although Stagers cross over to Redesign and vice versa, when given a choice, most would stay with their "first love".  I don't know that I would have the patience to sift through 50 years of memories unless it was just me in charge of getting things out of the house, rather than having to hear all the stories, etc.  Again, when the demand is there - I could do it - I just prefer to do Staging more. . . I don't even want to organize my husband's office and it's not because I can't do it - I have - it's because he does not maintain what I do and I want to squeeze him until he cannot breathe when I see the condition of his office now!  (ha ha).  It is so frustrating to see the volume of "stuff" that he is "going to organize" - and never does.  So - I value those that do have a purpose in the parallel fields that I choose not to engage in with clients.  I happily REFER and DEFER to those of you that enjoy the long term projects. - Jennie

Jul 09, 2008 06:12 PM #3
Margaret Ann Innis
Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging - Andover, MA
Real Estate Staging - MA & NH

Hi Jennie!  We have ADD - and love it!  As a Realtor I would joke about getting a 6 month listing - the homeowner/client now had my commitment - just like a marriage!  In many cases the homeowner's needs and wishes were put before family - which is what happens as a real estate agent/Realtor.  Staging is a short story - decorating is more like a novel...both are enriching and  have a beginning middle and end.  The novel just takes longer and sometimes is not finished (smile).  

Jul 11, 2008 06:07 AM #4
Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regions Premier Home Staging Resource,

Margaret - I LOVE the analogies you used - They are VERY accurate!  Thanks for sharing!  See you next month!!! YIPPEE!


Jul 11, 2008 07:28 AM #5
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC


What a great post! I have often commented that I have become ADD! Of course, in my "former life" I worked in retail advertising, which was always about next day sales. So that may have pre-disposed me. Actually, for me, I think running a business had as much to do with my ADD as the actual staging. But I find that I, too, grow impatient with staging to live--it just goes on and on. Thanks for letting me know that I'm not going completely nuts...

Jul 12, 2008 03:11 PM #6
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