Sunday, January 20, 2013

Storing Bedding for Home Staging or Home Storage

I just wanted to share my idea for storing bedding. I've been home staging for several years now and I've been trying to figure out how to carry loose bedding that doesn't come in one of those fancy bed-in-a-bag packages. So one day I was at the thrift store and I saw these cloth storage bags with see through tops that people use to store clothing or blankets. So I thought this would be great to store some of my loose queen and twin size bedding that doesn't have a package. Well there were 12 of them each for only $2.90 so I bought them all!

These worked really great! So for the Queen size bedding I was able to place Queen sheet set, bed skirt, shams and the comforter. (see below)

For the Twin I was able to place Twin sheet set, bed skirt, sham, quilt/comforter, pillow and decorative pillow! (see below)

The cool thing about these bags is that they have handles on both sides of the bag and you can just carry them easily to home staging projects but even if you were storing your items at home this would be a great and easy way to do it.  They also fit snuggly under the bed or can be stacked.

These particular storage bags have cedar bars that fit in a slot inside the bag to keep out moths!  I love this and am so happy I found these great bags to store all of my bedding!  I hope this has helped give you some ideas for your storage needs!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Staging a Livable Space

One of the things that I always try to do when I do stagings is stage livable spaces. You may ask what does that mean? Well, it means I stage rooms so they look livable and lived in to some extend. I like to stage rooms so if a buyer walks in they can imagine themselves or one of their family members living there. It is important to set a scene that says home and that identifies a room for what it could be. Staging to me is ensuring that I am attracting the right buyer to the home that walks into a home and says I want to live here. Home buyers buy homes that gives them a good feeling. It is emotional so I just try to stage my rooms to emote certain feelings and emotions that a buyer can relate to. I staged a home in Maryland that was in a family oriented community so I staged one of the rooms as a young girls room. However, I wanted to stage a livable space so I started with a twin size bed and used some fun bedding and a very colorful rug. Since this was during the school year I added a book bag and laid some folders and composition books on the bed like someone was studying or doing homework. I also added to the side table some fun things like a sock monkey, some corn chips to munch on, an alarm clock and some of those popular rubber bracelets! On the floor I placed some fuzzy slippers just for an added touch and Voila an instant livable scene that is memorable, inviting and just plain fun! Check out the photos below and I hope this gives you some inspiration for your staging projects! Oh and BTW this home sold in less than 20 days!