Let’s face it, toys are unsightly. Toy rooms in a home (especially living rooms used as toy rooms) are huge turn-offs to buyers! Toys in rooms other than bedrooms are deal breakers, so get the children on board by having them keep their special things in their own special place.
I know it’s tough to control the toys when you have very little ones because you want to have an eye on them at all times. An easy solution is to use a floor mat and basket of toys that you can easily tuck away in a closet or cabinet for home showings.
Tip: Having a hard time getting your young children to clean up their toys? I don’t. I provide lots of baskets for my children to easily throw their toys in at the end of the day. I also use the phrase, “In ten minutes Mommy is going to the trash and whatever you want mommy to take to the trash just leave on your floor and I’ll pick it up for you.” I walk into their rooms with a trash bag after the time frame given and lo and behold the room is always clean.
Using this phrase gives my children complete responsibility and control over what they own while making me look like an innocent party who is just trying to help. Make sure to put a time limit on that phrase, so the child knows when they can expect the trash bag. I may sound harsh but I’ve never had to throw away a toy and yet the phrase works like a charm. Children over the age of three are very capable of picking up their own mess and giving them responsibility and boundaries are a valuable life lesson!
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Some of the most beautiful homes can sit on the market for extended periods of time. It’s not because they aren’t priced well, or other factors you might suspect. It’s simply because buyers are turned off by details that are often overlooked.
Yes, one of those details that carry a lot of weight is the way a home smells. Professional home stagers go to great lengths to turn ordinary homes into designer showcases. Their goal is to make a home appeal to all five senses, and when it comes to smells, they recommend attacking the problem at the source.
I thought I’d share some of their best tips with you and hope you’ll find it as helpful as I do. The source of the most common problem odors: pets, smoking, cooking, and mold or mildew.
Boiling an apple, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and a few drops of vanilla on the stove will remove burnt smells in the kitchen. Add orange peels to make a simmering potpourri.
Sprinkle baking soda directly onto carpets, rugs, and sofas to eliminate odors—then let it sit for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming.
A bowl of vinegar placed in a room for a day or two will help neutralize smoke odors.
Small cotton balls with a few drops of your favorite perfume or cologne, tucked discreetly around the home, can freshen a room.
Candles, plug-ins, and home fragrance sprays can work wonders when the scent is well chosen, and not overdone.by homeandstagers.com with no comments yet
Painting the interior of a home is one the best ways to transform it into a decorator showpiece! Painting is easy, relatively inexpensive, and a perfect project for staging do-it-yourselfers.
Before you pull out the paintbrushes, I thought you’d be interested in a few great tips from the professionals. I hope you’ll find them as helpful as I do… and happy painting!
Avoid bright colors, fluorescent and neon shades, or colors that are very dark. The hottest trends in paint colors are soft creams, taupes, and pale buttery yellow tones.
Neutral colors have a universal appeal—both men and women give them favorable ratings. Don’t be tempted to keep the wallpaper. Generally, buyers are put off by it. They view the removal process as another chore if they buy your home.
A room will appear larger when you paint it the same color as the room adjacent to it. It can give the illusion of one big open space. Another favorite designer tip, to give the illusion of more space, is to paint the walls the same color as the drapes. It creates a seamless, contemporary look. Another favorite designer tip, to give the illusion of more space, is to paint the walls the same color as the drapes. It creates a seamless, contemporary look.by homeandstagers.com with no comments yet
Home Fragrance such as scented candles, sprays, and plug-in type fragrance gadgets in delicate scents can work wonders.
Steam Cleaning—Rather than investing in a professional service, rent the machine for one day, and rejuvenate carpets and drapes.
Baskets and Decorative Containers can help organize scattered items and eliminate clutter.
Light Bulbs and Dimmer Switches—Brighten dark areas and rooms or soften harsh light with dimmers and the newer soft light bulbs.
Paint over unusual colors or update stark white walls with a contemporary neutral tone.
Fresh Flowers—Inexpensive arrangements in vases you already own look beautiful and will smell naturally fresh.
Throw Pillows will instantly update an old sofa or chair or make a plain bed look luxurious.
Maid Service can be costly, but hiring one for a day or a few hours is affordable—and it’s worth it to make a kitchen or bathroom sparkle!
Snacks! A bowl of polished apples, a bunch of grapes or a plate of fresh cookies makes your home look warm and inviting.by homeandstagers.com with no comments yet
It’s a good idea to start by storing personal pictures, knickknacks, boxes, piles of mail, and any other eye-catching distractions.
Expert organizers suggest sorting through collections of books, magazines, CDs and newspapers, and getting rid of those you no longer want or use.
Choose containers that are as practical as they are pretty to organize magazines, toys, kitchen utensils, and other items that can’t be stored away.
Don’t forget to organize closets and drawers—buyers look everywhere!
Consider buying or renting a bookshelf, armoire or entertainment center from a furniture rental store to organize everything from electronic equipment to seasonal clothesby homeandstagers.com with no comments yet