Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Small changes = big bucks?

In my previous "before being a mommy- life" I was actually a professional organizer (yes we do exisit hahah) as well as a home stager for real estate. I had my own little company called Clutter to Classy in the DC/MD area and I enjoyed rockin the old boss title. It was a really fun job..... well fun for those of us who find sorting collectables into categories, color coordinating our clothes & putting organization systems into place. I found it to be enjoyable and exhilirating...and I admit that is a little wierd.....haha. So with all the chaos of putting the house on the market you know I was excited to find time to stage the house properly, getting it ready to show is one of my favorite steps! Even though a lot of this work was done at night after the little man was asleep, I still found it to be one of the most important things you can do when getting ready to show your house....so I thought I would share a few staging tips and for those of you not moving, they are the same tips I try to use when staging the house for pictures.

*First & foremost, second to making sure the house is clean, you must make sure it smells clean & homey & looks fresh...How do I do that? By baking & placing flower arrangments...

*Always make sure your windows are clean to let in as much light as possible ;.)

* Don't be afraid to use items for a different purpose...for example..
That "throw" is actually a vintage tablecloth...but it added the pop of color I needed & didn't cost a thing...also it felt too pretty to put away (to only be enjoyed at meal time)

*Clear the clutter & set the stage.... dont be afraid to use apron's, books, lemons...etc...(items used daily) to show someone living there & REMOVE more personal items such as photos and collections.

* Last but not least re-purpose & explore....For example, I wasn't willing to sell with the house a special mirror that I had hanging in my bathroom, so I needed to replace it before house showings. So I used one I already had hanging in the living room & adapted it to fit the style of the bathroom ;.)
A little bit of painter's tape & a can of spray paint later & it looks great in the space. This particular mirror actually makes the room look larger which is a selling plus (dont forget to remove floor rugs, especially in the bathroom to show more space)

* So there are just a few tips I learned over the past few years. I hope they help someone out there ;.) This is what we are currently working on, staging...oh & taking time to do things that are close to home that we have never done before..like a family drive thru a safari park in VA...

crazy right? Just be prepared they sort of stalk your car for food & then sometimes Llama's spit we found out ;.) Sorry to the Hubs for that one, hence why the window is rolled up for these pictures ...haha. Have a great day....you crazy animals ;.)

***disclaimer...my spellcheck wouldn't work during this post for some reason, so please excuse my errors ;.) today is just one of those....mispelling kind of days haha.


  1. Love the staging tips. Your house is so lovely...if I lived over there then I would want to buy it!! P.S. I am a total organizing nut as well and I get excited about it too :)

  2. Your house is so beautifully decorated already, I'm sure people will see its endless potential the minute they walk through the door. And hello? That cake with the bunting?! Too cute and so special.

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