Whether you are staging to sell or just “styling,” your home for the holidays, I have some easy suggestions that will instantly spruce up the bedroom, bathroom, home office, and exterior of your home.
- Invest in new bedding.
- Take the phone, clock, books, and anything else off the bedside table. Store these items under the bed.
- In the master bedroom, the closet must look large. This means some of your clothes, shoes, purses, and hats must go. For those items that remain, arrange by type of clothing. For example, place all shirts together, all skirts etc.
- Remove family photos.
- Clean, clean, clean. Re-grout if necessary.
- Remove all items from the counter, tub, and shower. Place the toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, makeup, hairbrush, shampoo, and razor in a basket under the sink.
- Put out fresh towels. If yours look a bit ratty, invest in bath towels and hand towels to be used just for the showings.
- Replace the rug or discard altogether if the floor is in good shape.
- Replace the shower curtain unless it is brand new.
- Replace old lighting fixtures. Nothing dates a bathroom faster than an old fixture over the sink.
- If the paint is dark and the bathroom small, repaint in a neutral shade.
- Replace a tired looking faucet with a more stylish one.
- Remove everything from your desk except the phone and the computer.
- Remove everything from the bulletin board.
- Lock filing cabinets.
- Remove the plastic runner from under the chair.
- Replace the ergonomically correct chair with an upholstered chair. A side chair from your dining room might suit the purpose.
- Mow the lawn.
- Weed the beds. Add chips for a professionally landscaped look.
- Trim the hedges.
- Paint the outside of the house if required.
- Make any repairs to the roof and gutters.
- Put away the children’s toys, bicycles, trampolines.
Ahh! Don’t you feel better! Now you are ready to sell or ready to party!
For staging the other rooms in your house, including the front hall and kitchen, check out my earlier post as well as my Savvy Staging general guidelines.