How to Stage Your Home for Sale Using Your Contents

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Are you planning to sell your home? If so, you obviously want to receive top-dollar for it. Properly staging your home will get you that — it will make your home more appealing to buyers.

I think we can all agree that moving can be very expensive, and I am all about pinching pennies whenever possible, and guess what? You CAN stage your home on a budget!

Here are some tips on how to stage your home for sale using YOUR contents.

This may sound surprising to some, but you don’t have to spend hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars on new decorations and furniture to make your home appealing to buyers. You can use what you already have!

Staging your home is going to involve cleaning & decluttering, rearranging furniture, and other simple aesthetic strategies, and luckily, you can do all this yourself if you choose.

Home staging is an additional service that Organized Haven is proud to offer its clients. After they are finished working their magic, you may decide to stay since it will look so good! 🙂




It’s time to get out the mop, vacuum, and scrub brushes because you’ve got some cleaning to do!

A clean home is going to show potential buyers that you have taken good care of your home.

You will need to clean your home from top to bottom, from floors to ceiling, to everything in between. This will include ceiling fans, baseboards, light fixtures, appliances, and all other areas that we tend to forget to clean.

Decluttering will also be an important component of staging your home. Lots of clutter is not only distracting, but it takes up a lot of room. Pack up all of the items that you are not using on a daily basis and put them in storage or toss them.

Tidying up also applies to your lawn and landscaping! Make sure your lawn is mowed, hedges are trimmed, weeds are pulled, the driveway is pressure washed, etc. Your yard is the first thing that people are going to see when they pull up to your home, so it will need some extra TLC!

The goal is to make your home look inviting, clean, and spacious!



When your home hits the market and people begin viewing your home, you want them to be able to envision themselves and their families there. Make sure you do the following:

    • Take all photos out of picture frames (or flip the photo around).
    • Remove everything from the refrigerator (magnets, artwork, etc).
    • Clear off your bathroom and kitchen counters — leave only essential items like hand soap and a hand towel.
    • Clear off your coffee table, end tables, nightstands, and kitchen table.
    • If you have coats or towels hanging on the back of your doors — remove them.
    • Put away all personal and valuable items.
    • Keep it neutral – pops of color are fine, but too much color can be visually unappealing.
    • Don’t display all of your decor! Only display a few of your favorite (subtle) decor items on the mantle, side tables, or bookshelf.


The homier the better! Consider adding some fresh flowers or potted plants to your dining room and entryway table.

**If you already have a lot of indoor plants in your home, consider removing some of them so it doesn’t look overwhelming. LESS IS MORE!

Light a mild-scented candle before a showing. Not only are candles warm and inviting, they also mask odors (in case you have a pet).

You can also use essential oils, wax warmers, and air purifiers to make your home smell fresh.

Take advantage of the natural light in your home. Open all of your curtains and blinds if you are having a showing during the daytime hours. Also, make sure you have the proper bulbs in your light fixtures so the lighting isn’t too dim or too overpowering, depending on the space.



DO NOT stuff your rooms with too much furniture! Again, less is more! Too much furniture in a room will make it appear smaller — that’s the opposite of what you want.

Your furniture should be arranged for easy navigation. Make sure that walkways and high traffic areas and not blocked by pieces of furniture.

Additionally, set your living room, family room, and outdoor areas up in a way that is comfortable and invites your guests to sit down and have a conversation.



Just remember, your home has some great features and you don’t have to put a ton of money into staging your home in order to sell it! Get creative with what you already have!

Keep in mind — as long as your home looks clean, safe, and functional it will be guaranteed to sell!

Have you ever staged your home in order to sell it? If so, do you have any additional tips to ensure that you receive top-dollar?


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Happy staging!



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By: Karlie Holliday – Owner of helloCreate

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