7 Staging Tips For Selling a Small Home

Are you trying to sell a small home in Orange County? One of the biggest components that contribute to a successful sale is how you stage your home, so having a small home does not mean a trickier sale. Follow these steps to see if you are being the most successful in preparing a small home for sale.

1. Say Goodbye to Clutter

The most important thing you can do to prepare a small home for sale is to get rid of any clutter. Clutter makes a home look unorganized and usually is a result of having too much furniture. This may make a small space feel even smaller! Take a hard look at the pieces of furniture you currently own and consider what you can live without. An organized layout comes a long way when you have a reasonable amount of furniture and more open space to work with.

2. Rearrange Your Furniture

Rearrange your furniture to organize the layout of your home. In the living room, symmetrical arrangements work well. A home can look more organized with furniture that is in pairs as well as pulling furniture away from the walls. Place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. This will create a more open and walking space to make your home feel spacious yet inviting.

3. Strategize the Use of Mirrors

Mirrors can do more than allow you to see your reflection. Mirrors can brighten a dark room and make a small space look much bigger by reflecting natural light. Placing a mirror either next to or directly across from a window can also help by adding more depth to your home.

4. Let Light In

Having good lighting in your home is one of the biggest aspects that can help make a small space seem larger. Good lighting can come from how much natural sunlight can be let in as well as the type of lighting you use in your home. Here are three types of lighting to consider implementing into your home:

  • Ambient (general or overhead)
  • Task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading)
  • Accent (table and wall)

An added bonus is that this will also help make your home feel warm and welcoming!

5. Utilize Rugs

The larger an area rug, the more spacious the room will seem. Having small rugs can actually make a home seem smaller because it makes the space seem choppy. Situating rugs under groupings of furniture can help add contrast to your home to help organize the different sections of your home. This will overall allow you to have a more organized layout in your home because not using any rugs in your home can make the space look like a big maze of furniture.

6. Take Down Decorations and Artwork on the Walls

Walls with a blank space gives a room a chance to breathe. Taking down the decorations and artwork on the walls also contributes to decluttering your home to make it more organized. Having open walls can also make a small space feel bigger.

7. Take Your Doors Off Their Hinges

Removing all your interior doors besides the ones that lead to bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets can help your home feel more open. This allows a small space to feel larger as if there is more room to walk around.

Successful staging a small home may seem difficult, but it is not impossible. If you have any questions or if you need any help, contact us today!


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How To: Declutter Your Kitchen in 5 Steps

The kitchen may be one of the rooms in your home that is the easiest to get cluttered. Keeping your kitchen clean does not only involve washing the dirty dishes in the sink and wiping down the stove or dirty counters. A crucial step in maintaining a clean kitchen is making sure that everything in the kitchen is organized, whether they are items that are out in the open or whether they are items stored in the cabinets and drawers. This may include your plates, bowls, silverware, spices, ingredients, and more.

On top of these steps, it will be helpful to make a weekly checklist or kitchen maintenance sheet to make decluttering a habit. Keeping your kitchen clean is not a one-time-thing, but is an ongoing effort.

1. Clear off your counter tops.

Counter tops are the first things that catches the eye when you walk into a kitchen. The biggest tip to having a cleaner kitchen is making sure you have the least amount of items stored on your counter tops. To be able to do so, utilize all your storage space to keep all the items in your kitchen out of sight. If there are loose items that do need to be kept out, place them into pretty baskets or bowls.

Making it a habit to clear and organize your countertops often even allows you to have the open counter space everytime you need it, so you don’t have to make the extra effort to push things aside or place items in random places when you do need the extra room on the counter.

2. Keep what you actually use/need.

One of the biggest components of a cluttered kitchen is having more dishes, utensils, and cups than you actually need. You should only need to keep just enough for regular use and for gatherings. To better identify what needs to be thrown out on top of this, look out for the dishes that have chips or cracks in them.

If there are any spices or ingredients you have only used once for that one recipe you made in the past, throw those out too. Those items will not only take up space in your kitchen, but may not even be used any time in the near future, so there would be no purpose in keeping them.

3. Utilize simple and affordable storage racks and lazy susans.

Storage racks and lazy susans are a good investment because they may go a long way in helping you with both organizing your kitchen and making your life easier the next time you’re looking for condiments or spices.

Using storage racks may allow you to stack your bowls on top of your plates without the hassle of difficult access to either. Using the height of your cabinet in this case allows you to place more things in the cabinet that you might have kept on your counter tops. Utilizing the height of your cabinets and shelves over the width of your cabinets and shelves allow you to have more space available for storage.

Using a lazy susan by grouping condiments and grouping spices will allow you to find what you need with a quick spin rather than digging through your cabinets.

4. Utilize storage containers and labels.

All the different sizes of the boxes and containers that your foods and ingredients came in may make your cabinets look cluttered. The best way to approach this is to repackage all those foods and ingredients into storage-friendly containers that allow organization,easy-access and decor to your kitchen. After repackaging, organize the containers into your shelves and cabinets according to their purposes. Then, use labels on the containers, shelves, and cabinets to create a user-friendly organizing system for you and the others in the household so everyone will know where to find things as well as where to put things away.

5. Group the items that have similar purposes.

Start by grouping the items in the kitchen that have a similar use and create zones for them in different parts of the kitchen. For example, all the mixing bowls and baking necessities can be organized in a specific shelf or drawer of itself so that the next time you bake, you will have all you need in one area. This helps you refrain from rummaging around all the shelves and drawers in your kitchen to find that one utensil you need, avoiding a future mess.

The kitchen is the perfect place to start because it is probably one of the areas of your home that you are in on a daily basis, making it easier to get cluttered. In order to take preventative measures, it is crucial that you tidy up the kitchen consistently. Keeping your kitchen organized is just one part of cleaning your home.

A clean home is a happy home. If you have any questions, contact us today! Happy tidying!


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