Staging to sell....

Today I accomplished two things...

First, I FINALLY ordered the fabric for my dad's walnut chair (here).  I brought home 10 samples of fabric yesterday, draped them over the chair and basically let Brian decide.  I don't know what it is about men...but they always go with the one you believe to be the least practical or appealing.  But I obviously liked it well enough to throw it in the mix and I did value his opinion enough to that's the one I ordered!  Besides, if it doesn't look good, I can always blame him.

Second, I helped a friend with some work on her house.  She will be moving in a few months and she listed her house with a realtor....and has TWO showings the very first day! 

Staging and decluttering is SOOOO important when you are trying to sell a house...and with two kids and a demanding job, it is tough to get a house ready to sell...and then keep it ready to show at a moment's notice.  But she has done a wonderful job!

Today she called in professional cleaners.  If you are selling your house, having a professional cleaning is a MUST.  It may seem like an unnecessary thing to do, but if you are going to take time to paint and repair and declutter and stage, make sure it is the cleanest it has ever been.  Crud on the baseboards and nasty fuzzies in the corners is not appealing to a buyer.  Some people just can NOT see past the nastiness.

It would be great if we could all live in "staged" houses.  Declutter, get rid of the things we don't REALLY need, get organized....I just truly believe that a cluttered, unorganized home is stress we don't need!  It should be a haven...a place we can relax and enjoy! 

Today I am looking at my home with a critical eye...and I see some serious changes that can be made! 

Good thing that fabric won't be in for 4-6 weeks and it is too cold to paint dressers...that gives me time to "declutter."

Course a nap sounds good too....