Home Staging: Get the clutter OUT!

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When it comes to working on our homes, the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. - Katharine Whitehorn



It is one of the most crucial steps prior to putting your home on the market, and an essential element of Home Staging. For home owners, however, it is often easier said than done. What is clutter really, but the by-product of the way we live in a home? It is the accumulation of life's daily activities, creeping into the corners of our home, creating a never ending "to do" list.

Realtors, use these guidelines for assisting those clients who simply do not know where to begin.

Preparing your home for sale can be a daunting task. The following are tips to help you gain perspective and assist you in achieving your goal of selling your home quickly. Remember that a house well lived-in reflects a house well-loved. Begin now to transform it so that your buyers will love it as much as you do.

1. Begin with the end in mind. Visualize the look on a perspective buyers face when they walk into your fabulous home once it is Staged and ready to show.

2. When prioritizing your "to do's", always begin with the task that will take the least amount of time.

3. Only tackle one room, or section at a time.

4. If necessary, break large tasks into smaller ones by setting a time limit, and complete all that you can in 15 or 30 minute increments.

5. Think seasonally when packing items for storage. This goes not only for clothing, but décor, kitchen wares, etc. If you’re not wearing it or planning on using it in the next few months, pack it.

6. Instead of putting items in closets or behind closed doors, pack them up and label them well. You will need to pack before moving anyway! Be specific in your labeling, just in case you should need an item that is already packed, prior to moving.

7. When downsizing, de-cluttering, or moving, ask yourself the following qualifying questions:

• Is it worth it to pay the additional cost to move these items?

• When was the last time it was used?

• Do you have multiple items that serve the same purpose?

• If so, what is the benefit of having multiple items?

• Is it worth potentially losing equity in my home to keep it?

8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call in the professionals to take on a project that turns out to be larger than you anticipated. Staged by Design can assist you with this process every step of the way, either by providing additional manpower to help you accomplish your Staging goals, or by recommending professionals best suited to your specific needs.



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Vanessa V. Simmons
Real Living HER - Columbus, OH

When I go on listing appointments and hear folks asking about painting and changing this and that I always start with cleaning and de-cluttering.  It is amazing what a huge difference that makes...

Mar 05, 2009 12:34 AM #1
Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging


Absolutely! If you can't see it, you can't sell it! Whether it's the architectural elements of the room, or the fireplace surrounded by collectibles and personal photos.


Mar 05, 2009 01:10 AM #2
Donna J. Stephens
BHHS Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE

This is good information. Thank you for your post.

It is hard to know where to start. One of my friends recommends taking a corner and starting there.

I like to empty a closet or room as much as possible, then just put back what you need. Cleaning the windows is another way to make the home FEEL brighter & better.

Mar 05, 2009 01:21 AM #3
Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging



You're welcome! It hard to get started. It's paralyzing for some people.

Mar 05, 2009 01:26 AM #4
abka defg
Fountain Hills, AZ

It seems like decluttering is always the hardest part. I myself tend to be a clutter bug. In fact, I'd probably have a lot more storage space in my kitchen if I didn't have so many junk drawers. 

May 21, 2009 07:23 AM #5
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