Sheron Cardin's Input...: Home Staging Tip: Teach the kids to pass it on...

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.

Home Staging Tip: Teach the kids to pass it on...

Home Staging can often times be the ENEMY to children. They think that we want to throw away all their stuff.

One way to get them involved in the process and ease their tension is give them some special baskets of their own. This way, children can sort through their own stuff and create their own gift basket for children that don't have as many toys. This also teaches them early on how to declutter and the value in decluttering. If a child can understand that their unwanted toys will bring the joy they once had to a child who has never had that toy, they will be able to sort through their toys with nice warm fuzzy feelings instead of the dreaded "Fear of loss!" sssociated with it.

Each child should have 3 baskets;

  1. For their 'must keep with me at all times' basket,
  2. A basket for 'okay, we can pack this one up but I still want everything in there basket
  3. The special basket you give them to pass on those good feelings to other children.

Then let the children take the basket to your local charity of choice and watch their faces light up. Then let them have that special basket as a reminder to pass it on all year long. Priceless!


Stage It Forward! 


Comment balloon 8 commentsSheron Cardin • December 29 2006 03:39PM


Sheron, that's a great idea for helping keeping the kids involved and a part of the move.  It teaches them to make decisions and to share.  Thanks, I will file this one for later use.
Posted by Cynthia Sloop (Community Association Manager) almost 13 years ago

Hi Sheron,

I love your website - very informative and fun! I also love your idea for kids' participation in the selling process. It empowers them and teaches them an important value. Thanks for sharing:)

Posted by Claudia Grasso (GRF) almost 13 years ago

Cynthia - I have used this method over and really works, for a little while :)

Claudia - This post is so old and I apologize that I am just now responding...almost 14 months later...what does that say about me!!! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, that is an awesome idea!  What a great way to teach kids to give and at the same time rid themselves of junk they don't need.
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago


It's never too early to learn the number one rule when it comes to maintaining an uncluttered house.

When something new comes in something old needs to go out. 

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Terry - it is so simple that they get it. It is also fun to watch them make the decisions :)

Susan - I have never been able to stick to that 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, you are so right, I've worked with quite a few kids, and some get really get stressed out when their environment is going to be messed with. I talk to the parents, and sit with them and the parents, explain what I'll be doing, and have them help me, asking them questions along the way, and ask them how they like things so far...I like the basket idea!
Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 12 years ago
Yes, great idea.  It's good all year long, not just at Holiday time, isn't it.  Thanks for the reminder. 
Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - almost 12 years ago