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Thursday, March 15, 2012

House Staging

The crappy part of staging your house is that you don’t know how long it’s going to be on the market.  You hope that it sells quickly, but it’s not really in your control that much. 

But decluttering is a definite must.  I’m not a pack rat at all, but I still managed to pack away enough boxes to fill a spare bedroom in my mother-in-law’s house (shout-out, Mimi, thanks!).  Sure it sucks when Samuel asks where his Spiderman costume is, and I have to regretfully tell him that it’s in a box packed away, but hopefully it won’t be packed away for all too long. 

But potential buyers would definitely rather see this…
"house staging", "kitchen staging", decluttering
…than this…
I basically just went through every single room, cabinet, and closet and asked myself what I could do without for a few months or for good.  I was also surprised at how much I could throw away when I thought about whether or not I wanted to take a particular thing to the new house.

It's also amazing how clean the house stays since there's no clutter.  The boys don't throw all their toys around looking for that one toy that they want.  I don't have a stack of papers on the counter that I'm supposed to go through (so much of that can be scanned and put on the computer).  And when one thing gets put on the clean counter, it gets dealt with right away because it sticks out like a sore thumb.  

It all sounds so easy, right?  Just stay on top of things, don't let it get cluttered or pile up and it will be easy.  Put a dish directly into the dishwasher.  Do a load of laundry everyday.  Ha!  We all know that to have that much energy massive amounts of coffee are in order as well as a cleared schedule.  But it is good to keep in mind.  ;)


  1. The house looks beautiful. FYI--the outside looks just as good as the inside. Good luck with the sale. Mimi

  2. The keep up is the toughest part, I think it is amazing how much you decluttered. I wish I could get C to see the light.


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