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Home Staging 101 with Realtor Jessica Hill: Start with a Deep Decluttering Process

Home Staging 101 with Realtor Jessica Hill

To get your home staged for a fast sale, you need to start by deeply decluttering the rooms. When you declutter a home, you make it look bigger like it has more living space, which is something that appeals to potential buyers. It also prepares you for letting go and moving on the process and lets you show off your home. Most people use some rooms in their homes for things they weren’t intended to use the room for – and that can make a house look cramped to a buyer.

Home Staging 101 with Realtor Jessica Hill: Start with a Deep Decluttering Process

For example, sometimes people put workout machines in their living room. This not only looks cluttered, but it immediately gives the buyer the impression that the home is too small.

Start with the foyer. Since this is usually your “drop everything off” area, it will look cluttered and junky. Take out everything except a small table and a nice decorative bowl or flowers.

Home Staging 101 with Realtor Jessica Hill
Home Staging 101 with the Best Hudson Valley Realtor Jessica HillPhotography by Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photo Studio – The Best Real Estate Photographer in Hudson Valley

It will immediately give the impression of openness. In your kitchen, you need to go through your cabinets. Every kitchen has those extra storage container lids floating around that fall out when cabinets are opened.

Pare down all your containers, dishes, and utensils and keep the minimum. Your cupboards need to be neat and not piled up haphazardly with dishes or food items.

The same with your pantry. Don’t have a half dozen boxes of half-empty cereal and scattered bags of bread lying around. It will make the kitchen look crowded and unclean.

Use baskets or other storage containers to keep things neat. Take the magnets, drawings, and anything else off the front and sides of the refrigerator. Put away the family scheduling calendar.

Take the countertop appliances off and put them out of sight. Appliances take up space and make countertops look a lot smaller than they are. Clean off the top of the refrigerator if you store things there.

Home Staging 101 with Realtor Jessica Hill
Home Staging 101 with the Best Hudson Valley Realtor Jessica HillPhotography by Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photo Studio – The Best Real Estate Photographer in Hudson Valley

If you have a lot of knick-knacks, pack them away. Don’t leave potholders or any dishwashing detergent or scrubbers out, either. In the bathroom, clear the countertops of anything that you use.

No one wants to see razors, toothpaste, or any other toiletry on display. Do the same thing with your shower area. Put away anything that says someone lives in the house.

It makes buyers uncomfortable even though it’s an obvious fact. Put away your scale, trashcan, and toilet cleaning brush. Don’t have bath mats out, either. Make sure everything is sparkling clean.

Clean out drawers, closets, and cabinets in the bathroom. Some buyers will take a peek. For the living room, organize any clutter. Put away gaming controllers, TV remotes, magazines, and books.

Home Staging 101 with Realtor Jessica Hill - Photography by Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photo Studio
Home Staging 101 with the Best Hudson Valley Realtor Jessica HillPhotography by Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photo Studio – The Best Real Estate Photographer in Hudson Valley

If you have tons of pillows and throw blankets, minimalize it. Take out any toys or baby items like swings or walkers. If you have numerous rugs, take them out because rugs can make a floor space look smaller.

Clear away the clutter from side tables, fireplace mantels, and bookshelves. If you have a lot of decorations on the walls, take some of them down. In the bedrooms, you need to take out things that cramp the space.

Not only does this include heavy or large furniture but it also includes what’s in your closets. Get rid of clothes you no longer wear, pack up seasonal clothes, and organize all the accessories and shoes.

Too many pillows and blankets on a bed can make it look cluttered. Pare down the bedding to make space look less full. Opting for a minimalist look in the bedroom can make it seem larger than it really is.

Closets have become like junk drawers. Many homeowners shove things into the closet to deal with “later” but that time often never comes. Go through all the closets in your home and take out stuff that you know you’re not going to use within the next few months.

Don’t leave a bunch of items cluttered on the floor – especially sports equipment. Your closets should look as sparse as possible because then a potential buyer is thinking about how much room there is rather than how much there isn’t.

A dining room needs to be decluttered because it often acts as the place where the kitchen clutter spills over – especially if you have any shelves or hutches. Clear everything off and if you have a hutch that holds plates or knick-knacks, either remove most of the items or put the hutch in storage.

Home Staging 101 with the Best Hudson Valley Realtor Jessica Hill - Photography by Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photo Studio - The Best Real Estate Photographer in Hudson Valley
Home Staging 101 with the Best Hudson Valley Realtor Jessica HillPhotography by Duncan Avenue Real Estate Photo Studio – The Best Real Estate Photographer in Hudson Valley

Don’t leave out decorations, stacks of placemats, or things like salt and pepper shakers. Deep decluttering a garage means you need to take out the boxes filled with stuff to donate and organize all the seasonal items like Halloween and Christmas decorations.

Anything that’s scattered around needs to be picked up and organized. Stuff for the yard like pruning shears, a weedeater, an edger, or lawnmowers should be kept neatly together rather than scattered everywhere.

Start by cleaning out the entire garage because it will be easier to declutter that way. Purge what needs to go – including tools that you have in multiple batches. No one needs five hammers. Then as you put things back, use organization products to help keep everything in its place.


About Jessica Hill: Hi, I’m Jessica, the one watching HGTV with a coffee in each hand. ☕ Real estate isn’t just a career for me, its an obsession. My background is in sales and customer service in a variety of industries, including real estate. I love working with people and all things home related. It’s safe to say this is the perfect fit.

I like to have fun with my clients and your experience is the most important thing to me. With my passion, expertise, and resources, I’m confident I can make this process an enjoyable one. I’m not just your REALTOR®. I’m also your friend and your advocate.

If you are looking to sell or buy real estate in the Hudson Valley, you should work with the best Real Estate Agents in the Hudson Valley! Reach out to me today at almaxrealty.com/jessica and let’s discuss what we can do for you!

I’ll be by your side every step of the way, and trust me, all that coffee gets the job done! 😁