Sheron Cardin's Input...: Good Home Staging Skills Created Some Really Good Habits

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.

Good Home Staging Skills Created Some Really Good Habits

After years of decorating and home staging for other people, I have picked up some really great habits like decluttering. I de-clutter all year long in little bits but the week between Christmas and New Years is the best time of year to address the areas that cause me stress. Either the towels in the linen closet have to be shoved in to fit, or I trip on a pair of shoes because they are rolling off each other in their stacks, or I pass by a stack of magazines that I have collected and have become a table accessory instead of a stack of interesting reads. 

I too gather a few layers of stuff throughout the year that need addressing! One of the major solutions to resolve clutter is having a place for everything and I have a place for everything. But what happens throughout the year is they fill up and begin to overflow like...

SHOES, COFFEE CUPS, TOWELS, MEDICINE BOTTLES, PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS, BOOKS AND MAGAZINES, PHOTOS, ELECTRONICS, MOVIES, MUSIC CD'S, CLOTHES THAT DIDN'T FIT RIGHT, GIFT BAGS, FOOD AND SPICES THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD USE IN A NEW RECIPE BUT NEVER GOT THERE, HAND LOTIONS AND GROOMING PRODUCTS, CLEANING PRODUCTS, "NEED TO REPAIR" CATEGORIES LAID IN SHOE BOXES AND DRAWERS, HATS I WILL NEVER WEAR AGAIN, PHONE NUMBERS LYING AROUND ON BITS OF PAPER, TOOL BOXES AND SHELVES THAT GOT PUT BACK IN A HURRY, GARDEN SEEDS THAT DIDN'T GET PLANTED, CORK BOARDS FULL OF TO-DO NOTES THAT ARE COMPLETED. SNARLED JEWELRY, BEDDING THAT I DIDN'T USE DURING THE YEAR, COATS THAT DIDN'T GET WORN, AND THAT BAG OF IRONING I NEVER GET TOO (WHAT'S IN THERE ANYWAY?).

Well, this is my to-do list that I will be working on all this week. What is yours? There are plenty of charities and organizations that will find a use for everything that I am not using, (except the medicine bottles of course) and I will be creating a vacuum for the new while helping others along the way. Decluttering is a good thing. Pass it forward!

Have a great New Year!

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Comment balloon 9 commentsSheron Cardin • December 26 2006 11:44AM

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Excellent post!  It's great to declutter, and give someone else that needs the item a chance to get it at no, or low, cost.
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) over 12 years ago

Thank you Chris!  And if I have time between AR and decluttering, I am determined to get all the kinks worked out with all my tech toys i.e. ipods, dvd players, cameras, etc. And did I mention 'sorting old important to me at the time emails'? Egads...

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

One of my best decluttering times is now...paperwork, getting ready to submit all for income tax time. Now when that is done, I can truly rest!!

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Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 12 years ago

Sheron,

I agree with you that the time between Christmas and New Years is a great time to take stock of our lives and our possessions in order to create a 'clean slate' for that to come. 

Being both Type A and a self-professed control freak, I find that my life works best when the world around me is organized and under control.  Clutter, to me, is indicative of losing control, but once you get rid of that which you do not need, a sense of balance and peace fill the home and world around you.

Posted by Val Allocco, HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island (Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island) over 12 years ago

I think being in the business gives us the advantage to get it done. But here is a doozy, one that I had never heard of before. I just put this in my January newsletter but I will share it here...

Written by the Famous Amos person Wally Amos : "Never touch the same piece of paper twice"

Does that just run chills down your spine? I am going to give is a shot Jan 1 and see if there is a life left to live after that. Maybe I will develop a phobia and never touch paper again unless I have the time and freedom to process it. Wish me luck!

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Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

I believe certain personality types are more prone to "hanging on" to things. Some of our clients can go far beyond a "tendency" in this area- all the way to full blown pathology, as evidenced in some obsessive personality types. For such persons hanging on to things becomes a prime defence mechanism against fear of losing control. While for others, clutter represents loss of control. So with some clients we need to gently coach them on the benefits of de-cluttering and moving on instead of hanging on to the past in the form of stuff while being sensitive to the fact that their stuff may be an important coping mechanism for them and, as such, one not lightly given up.

Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) over 12 years ago

So true James! I have a girlfriend in SF whose home is a walk down memory lane...literally! You have to put one foot directly in front of the other and lean on the piles as you walk. Every time I visit...we declutter. She does not know how and does not want to know how. It brings her to tears every time and then she can't thank me enough. I love doing it with her because she heals from the process and can move on a little bit. 

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Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I'm guilty of throwing stuff away. I've thrown away a $3000 check in my process of decluttering..... Yes, I learnt to look before I throw.

I finally feel good this week. The house is BACK!!! No more sign of Christmas... I'm not a Grinch, but having the house back to normal gives me a motivation to get back to the normality of life.
Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 12 years ago

Loreena,

I hear that! I think every house in America should be built with a special dust free Christmas room so we can just slide the tree and all the trimmings into the room, lock it up...and bring it out all ready to go the next year.

And maybe you shouldn't follow Famous Amos's rule about never touching a piece of paper twice...

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Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

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