Time to pack up your eccentricities, your passions, and your personality!

Is it time to dig into your stores of the bland, boring, generic, or dull decorative items?

Yes, if you are merchandising your property for sale, it is time to make the old switcheroo!!

When buyers view your property, they are interested in the actual “bones” of your home. They are not going to be seeking financing based on all of your belongings coming with the property. They are not there to buy your “stuff”.

Buyers are also limited on time and excess imagination. I mention buyers being limited on their visualization skills because the buying process can be hectic and daunting. The buyer’s head is already consumed with the mounting finicky details. This is why it is important to make the buyer’s decision effortless for them.

cluttered and personalized fireplace mantel

If they have to struggle to look past your attractive distractions in order to determine the property’s over-all condition, features, and available floor-space, frustration is very likely to take over and force the buyer over to the next listing.

Even though you may be a very talented Paper-toll creator, and even though you and your family are very entitled to enjoy your creations all over the walls in YOUR HOME, a new potential owner of your home will simply have a hard time visualizing their own belongings there.

Pack up your own personal touches, and dig into your stored, more “boring” décor, and create that warm and inviting, yet neutral blank-slate, and you will find you will sell your property in a timely manner!

What could be better than having a head-start on packing for your upcoming move to your new home?

If in doubt regarding where to start, and where to stop, your Professional Home Stager can help you neutralize your property in order to appeal to the widest audience possible.

Rhonda Wilson - CCSPTM
Owner/Operator of
Revealing Assets
Home Staging and Decluttering Services
We transform properties into highly
sought-after products that sell in half
the time and for 7-10% more money.
Through personal experience, extensive
research and training, and a compassionate
approach, we De-clutter living/work spaces for
up-lifting and positive life changes.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Comment balloon 9 commentsRhonda Wilson • February 07 2011 12:42AM


Great ideas Rhonda! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this!

Posted by John Michailidis, Real Property Management of Sarasota & M (Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee) almost 9 years ago

Neutral can often be a hard goal to achieve.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) almost 9 years ago

Passions and eccentricities are not neutral I know but neutral is what we need.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) almost 9 years ago

Neutral is best, but it is hard for sellers to packup the things they love, but it is one step closer to getting their home sold.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 9 years ago



Too much stuff can really put people off. If they don't like it they might not buy the house, and they are not quite sure why.



Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 9 years ago

Hi Rhonda - Great post! It's always a tough thing to admit that our taste is not to everyone's taste, isn't it? A professional really can help in these situations.

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) almost 9 years ago

Well said Rhonda! The buyer should remember their favorite feature of the home not the doll collection or wild art.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 9 years ago


I usually ask my seller clients if they want to move and the answer is always YES.  I suggest that they start packing early so that they can de-clutter.  They will have to pack it sooner or later anyway.  Why wait?


Posted by Anja Kerstens, GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Neutral just comes naturally. No matter how hard you strive if it doesn't meant to be it don't come.


J. Harp

writer @ <a href="http://www.interiordesignpro.org/">Interior Design Pro</a>

Posted by J. Harp over 8 years ago