As Stagers, it’s easy for us to recognize when a house needs decluttering. But what does decluttering actually entail? While it may sound simple, decluttering is not simply moving things out of the way or removing objects to clear up a space. It is a very detailed, purposeful and sensitive process that requires discipline, a fresh outside point of view and a clear, organized mindset. Additionally, all emotional ties the seller has with the items will need to be addressed, tactfully.
Tip 1: One way to properly declutter is to make sure each item in a room has an actual purpose. If you are questioning a piece of furniture or trying to determine its purpose longer than five seconds, it doesn’t belong in your Stage. Be mindful that as a Stager, you might (with good intention) bring in a piece of furniture or artwork that you love and has proven successful in the past; but it might actually create clutter because it doesn’t serve a definite purpose in this particular home.
Tip 2: We love our closet organizers at home, but they don’t belong in a Staged home unless they are professionally built in. The same goes for the bathroom, kitchen and even garage. Homeowners can easily overlook these additions, because they have become so used to them, they think of it as part of the house. No matter how you look at it, closet organizers and shoe racks are clutter!
Tip 3: If it is an occupied Stage with young children living there, try placing toys inside a decorative trunk. No one will be the wiser!
Going the Extra Mile: If the homeowner’s clothes and shoes are in the closet, advise them to keep at least three inches of space between each item of clothing, not to use more than one style of hanger, and color coordinate to create a great first impression.
If you have a homeowner that needs to be educated on clutter and its lasting effects, ask them to take an informative quiz by Peter Walsh that will determine their “clutter personality” on Oprah.com.
Make it a great week! – The HSRA team