Why staging your home will save you not only time but money

1. Staged homes sell faster than comparable un-staged homes.

2. Staged homes sell for more money than comparable un-staged homes.

3. The initial cost of home staging is always less than your first price reduction. This affects your commission, seller can pay for staging, or Realtor and seller can split the cost.

4. The way you live in a home and the way you sell a home are two different things. Remember that once your home goes on the market it is a product like any other product. It has to appeal to the masses. It must be de-personalized, and de-cluttered.

5. Furniture needs to flow, art needs to be hung at appropriate levels.

6. House must be squeaky clean, all pantry's, drawer's, closets, arranged to show ample amounts of storage.

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1. Committed to help you through the difficult marketing
2. Dedicated to the uppermost quality personal and professional service.

3. Consultations, Staging Services and Open House Preparation.

4. House warming service, helping your family organize and design your new home.

5. I am an Accredited Home Stager.

6. References upon request.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Top ten things to do every day…

1. Make your bed, you know the feeling you get after coming home from an exhausting day at work to walk into the bedroom and seeing that you didn’t make your bed.  LOUSY, that’s how you feel.  My mom always made her bed before leaving the bedroom.

2. Manage Clutter… when leaving a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it ought to be.  Pick it up and put it in the right spot. 

3. Don’t let mail pile up. open it, read it and sort it as soon as you bring it into the house.

4. Track expenses, If you’re on a budget, carry a notebook and write down what you spend as you spend it.

5. Clean as you cook, I have always done this, run a sink of hot, soapy water and clean the stove and articles that you don’t need anymore, that will help when it comes time to cleaning up after dinner.

6. Wipe up spills when they are fresh, ever tried to get something out of a pan that if you had soaked in hot water would almost be clean when you are finished?  Yep, and I hate it.

7. Make your lunch or the kids lunch at night and the coffee for in the morning.  It is so nice not to have to run around in the morning doing these chores.

8. Sweep the floor, every night after you are done with the dishes sweep the floor and if you see any spots wipe them up.

9. Plan your outfits, again if you have to do this in the morning sometimes you just don’t have the time.  If it helps, set out your weeks worth of clothes on Sunday, iron what is needed and forget about it.

10. List tomorrows to-do’s, ever try to go to sleep with a million things running through your head?  Might as well give in and write them down;  I can promise you will go to sleep faster.

Okay now we all know this is in a slightly perfect world but if we even adapted most of these our lives would be much less stressed out. 

Hope these hints helped, Martha Stewart and I composed them.



  1. Hi CJ! You must know my mother! She taught me all of these wonderful tips. I try to do them MOST of the time. I never go upstairs empty handed ~ there is always something to take up. Or visa-versa. Thanks for the reminders. You & "Martha" make a great team. :o) Oh, and the mirror looks FAB in the guest room. Great job!♥

  2. I like to consider these tips... but have a hard time making it past #1 everyday. And yes, I feel lousy when I get home at the end of the day! HaHa!! They ARE good tips to live by though. Thanks!

    CJ - I hope you make it over to DesignTies - we're having a Valentine's Day giveaway that I'd love for you and your readers to enter!


  3. Yes, my Mom taught me all of these -- she was way ahead of Martha! But ... well, I try but i don't always manage all of them every day!

    I hate an unmade bed -- I even get up in the middle of the night and straighten sheets and quilts -- re-make the bed while my husband is sleeping in it! After 31 years, he's used to it.

    And YES if I run into Staten Island Chuck, he'll be HISTORY! Snow? Bah humbug!