A Closet Shopper

Home Stager with Lionheart Home Staging, LLC

Staging a house during a recession may make sellers cringe at the thought of spending money just to "decorate" a house. Although some purchases may be beneficial, most homeowner can shop for free in their very own cupboards and closets. Take a look at some no-cost decorating/staging ideas below.


  • Rolled hand towels
  • Basket of mini soaps and lotions
  • Decorative bottles
  • Candles
  • Vase and flowers

The photo to the right displays two hand towels arranged on the counter for added color and softness to this area.


  • Large pepper mill and salt shaker
  • Jars of flour, sugar, etc.
  • Glass vase with various color beans
  • Platters from China set
  • Cookbooks
  • Fresh fruit

This kitchen (pictured left) is staged using fruit and decorative dishes.


  • Neutral photo frames
  • Throw blankets
  • Extra pillows
  • Empty jewelry box

The master bedroom in the photograph to the right was given an instant headboard using photo frames.

Hard times may call for drastic measures, but when sellers use their imagination and shop in their own cupboards and closets, they may save themselves a lot of money when staging their home.

KFM Staging & Design is a Minnesota home staging company that creates "First Impressions that Sell" in the Twin Cites and Western Wisconsin. KFM specializes in vacant staging and staging consultations. Visit our website for staging tips or to schedule your in-home or online consultation.

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Comments (7)

Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

I'm sure that most home that require staging have enough 'stuff' in them to stage.  They need to be slimmed down and placed in the right spots for the potential buyer.

Great Post

Mar 12, 2009 09:10 AM
Liz Carla
Ebby Halliday - Dallas, TX

Kristina-I have been in the best of attics and garages foraging for accessories. Amazing what you can find to work with when you search. Excellent post!!

Mar 12, 2009 09:57 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

"Necessity is the mother of invention." We have to turn on our creativity when we can't just go out and buy more stuff. There are enough things available in the average home that we don't have to go investing in new things. Nice post!

Mar 12, 2009 02:09 PM
Nicole Hurst
Cole House Design - Georgetown, ON
Your Halton & Peel Home Staging Expert

Kristina - great post!  I recently staged a home that although decorated very nicely, had almost no artwork hanging in it.  The home owner had a very tight staging budget, and when I mentioned the "no artwork problem" to her, I thought perhaps we might have run into an issue.  She told me to follow her to the spare bedroom.  She threw open the closet doors and inside was rows of lovely paintings on the floor.  She said she hadn't been sure where to hang it all when she moved in five years prior, so she had just not hung any.  It's amazing what you can find in closets sometimes!

Mar 13, 2009 05:43 AM
Dale Staggers
Dramatic Home Staging - Houston, TX
Dramatic Home Staging

Hi Kristina - Love this post because I can truly relate.  Just this morning I was cleaning and re-organizing my own closet when I notice something caramel colored made of terry cloth rolled in the slot of a hanging shoe bag.  I use those, not for shoes, but to organize handbags and other fashion accessories.  Can't remember when I purchased them, and they are very pretty(tags still on them), but I forgot all about them.  Well, it so happens that I am doing a brown and caramel colored vignette for a bathroom next week and I didn't have towels to coordinate - so I thought! 

Mar 14, 2009 02:59 PM

Great post!

I have dealt with the treasures tucked away when re-designing homes - artwork in the cupboard, lovely linens and decorative pieces stashed away.  I love digging thru and coming up with gems they put away and forgot about.


Apr 05, 2009 03:18 PM
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Kristina,

This is where your re-design skill really pays off! It's also something that can't be taught. You just have it.

Apr 16, 2009 06:13 PM