Sheron Cardin's Input...: Rules to live by and just plain good manners.

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Rules to live by and just plain good manners.

If it isn't yours - don't touch it
* If you open it ­ close it
* If you turn it on ­ turn it off
* If you unlock it - lock it
* If you move it ­ put it back
* If it belongs to someone else and you want it ­ get permission
* If you borrow it ­ return it
* If you don't know how to operate it- leave it alone
* If you use it ­ take care of it
* If you break it ­ repair it
* If you can't repair it ­ replace it
* If you mess it up ­ clean it up
* If it will brighten someone's day- say it
* If you want to know ­ ask


Comment balloon 10 commentsSheron Cardin • May 26 2007 02:49PM


If you can't afford it, don't buy it!
Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) about 13 years ago
Great list.  Reminds me of a little poem at Virginia's Gift Shop in Knott's Berry Farm.  I saw it as a child and it made a real impression on me; "Lovely to look at, delightful to hold, but if it is broken, then it is sold".
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) about 13 years ago
Sounds like someone has small children :P  But I tell the first one to my husband all the time! He never puts things back where they belong. Then I have a hissy fit when I can't find it.
Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 13 years ago
Those are some great rules. It is unfortunate that in spite of how obvious they are that so few people actually live by them. Thanks for taking the time to post this for everyone!
Posted by Jacob Morales - Arizona Mortgage Planner (US Bank) about 13 years ago
Perhaps that should be added to the code of ethics.  :-)
Posted by Gregory Maley, REALTOR, GRI, CBR, SHS, e-PRO, ABR (Sold Buy the Sea Realty & R.E.N.T.) about 13 years ago
Sheron, love the list!  Wouldn't it be grand if more people would follow these simple suggestions?
Posted by Earlene Myers, Your Client Connection about 13 years ago
I have a wall hanging in my house very similar to this.  I think it says if it barks feed it, If it rings answer it and some other things also.
Posted by Christy Avila (J and C Realty) about 13 years ago
Oh, I LOVE this....I'm printing it out so the "kids" can see it.....if only the DOG could read :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 13 years ago
This is very much on the line of Everything You Need To Know We Learned in Kingergarden: share, play nice, take a nap, etc.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 13 years ago

Sue - they didn't teach me THAT ONE!

Marlene - did your parents ever have to buy it?

Lisa - if my scissors are not on top of the fridge, the windows will rattle and everyone comes flying into the hallway with a pair of scissors...mine or not =0 everyone is a child with wrinkles...I swear 

Jacob - we wouldn't need prisons if these rules were followed

Gregory - what code of ethics???

Earlene - excuse me for repeating myself but we wouldn't need prisons if these rules were followed

Christy - does anyone read it?

Carole - I am trying to visualize just one of the rules being followed by a dog and not a one...why do we love them so much?

Sharon - I love that poster and I would love to get my hands on you know where? 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 13 years ago