Staging The Closets In Occupied Homes: How Far Do You Go?

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Staging The Closets In Occupied Homes:  How Far Do You Go?

Here's some of the advice I give people when they're preparing their homes for the market:

  • Pack up out-of-season clothing, and edit the rest.
  • Organize clothing by type, length, and color.
  • Keep floors as clear as possible.
  • Place items on shelves in baskets or containers.
  • Linen closets should be organized by type (towels, sheets, etc.) and color.

Most of the advice is geared towards making the closets appear as spacious as possible.  Storage space is always a premium, and buyers love lots of it!

Stagers and Agents:  What else do you recommend?

Here's a closet in a guest room I recently Staged.  It was used for storage, but we wanted to give it some personality to go with the period details it had.

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A collection of the Seller's pashminas provided some great color!

So what are your suggestions?  Got some great closets to share?

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

What a cute closet that is!  Love what you did with it.  One other thing to consider is smell.  If shoes are kept in the clost there could be an issue.  Sometimes I suggest boxing up the shoes and adding a mild air freshener.

April 22, 2012 03:10 PM
Rainmaker
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Jean Hanley
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters

Wow, what a fantastic idea.  I love the closet you did.  It IS important to have a nice, neat, uncluttered closet, especially our big walk-ins.  Makes a great impression.

April 22, 2012 03:17 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe

All great ideas.  The colorful scarves make it POP right out.  The other day I saw a prettty little chadelier in the closet. At first it seemed a bit odd but after looking at the space I could see that it was a smart choice and pretty!!

April 22, 2012 03:56 PM
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Kim Skumanick
Lewith & Freeman Real Estate

Great, colorful closet Julia! I've often suggested that parents engage their children in the process by buying a hanging shelf organizer and organizing the Webkinz, Beanie Baby or Matchbox car collections to be kept inside the closet, and not out in the room.

April 22, 2012 05:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
Fresh Eyes For Your Home

HUGGABLE HANGERS ARE A MUST!!!!!

April 22, 2012 05:39 PM
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Anna Dovger
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607

Great tips Julie, I also suggest wooden hangers and no plastic dry-clean bags.

April 22, 2012 06:51 PM
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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging

Julia- I pretty much cover what you do in staging closets.  I've been using the huggable hangers now in my own closets for many years now and I love how they give the closet such a neat appearance.  A clean and organized closet goes hand in hand with not having things that distract the buyer.  

April 22, 2012 08:28 PM
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Home Star Staging

I explain it this way to my clients Julie; your organized spaces (closets, pantries, shelves etc.) translates to buyers that they too can live like that in this house. It conveys the message that "in this house I can be XYZ; more organized, more efficient, neater, stress free...etc". It's why we're drawn to stores like Container Store and Ikea, to see efficient as well as stylish finish outs in small spaces makes us swoon.  I don't know about anyone else but personally when I know my closet is clean, I feel like the whole house is cleaner!

Staged closet

April 23, 2012 06:41 AM
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Cheryl Cudmore
CSP, Brantford to Burlington ON
Sapphire Staging

Great tips Julie, and I love the pashmina idea! I have no idea what 'huggable hangers' are but I always recommend using all one type and one colour of hanger.

April 23, 2012 07:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

So what ARE huggable hangers?

April 23, 2012 08:06 AM
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Hi Julie ~ Your closet example is fun, colorful, and looks neat, too.  The best tip I share with my homeowner clients about closets is that if you remove everything from the floor, the closet looks MUCH larger!!  Just doing that and thinning out their clothing makes a HUGE difference.

As for Huggable Hangers, they're sold on the Home Shopping Network, Target, etc. and "hold on" to clothing to prevent it from slipping off --  however they're plastic and don't look that great -- so in a higher-end home we recommend wooden hangers.

April 23, 2012 10:21 AM
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Joanna Cohlan
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
Fresh Eyes For Your Home

Julia, I love huggable hangers-they are velvet coated so everything grips-I'm sure you've seen them and they come in lots of colors.  For most closets, wooden hangers just take up too much room.

April 24, 2012 05:18 AM
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Chris Twing
Twing Staging & Redesign

Those huggable hangers are terrific for keeping things from slipping off and cluttering up the floor. They also take up less space so two good reasons to use them in occupied homes. However wooden hangers (Ikea has them for a good price) are great because they have more of a precence, almost a "hanger upgrade" and give the closet a more impressive look.

 

This is funny, only home stagers and professional organizers could have a serious discussion about types of hangers and their advantages, lol.

April 24, 2012 08:09 AM
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Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

Thanks for the explanation - I think I've seen them!  Time to round up all these great suggestons for another post...

April 24, 2012 08:10 AM
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Rebecca McArdle
Stunning Staging & Redesign, LLC

Good post Julia and thank you for asking what "huggable hangers" were, I didn't know either!  One tip I like to share regarding closets is that at least 50% of what's in there now has to go.  Anything that has not been worn in over 6 months and anything not needed for the next 3 months has to go.  Oh, one other thing...I've seen some people turn a closet into a mini office space and still used part of it as an actual closet, looked great and I think it offered potential!

April 25, 2012 07:29 PM
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Kim Gaston
Colorado Springs Realtor, (719)661-6987
Colorado Home Sales LLC

Love your addition of artwork in the closet:) Lovely little surprise and so nice to treat it as a room where a buyer might like to linger a bit and anticipate what's around the next corner!

April 29, 2012 10:40 AM
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John McCormack
AlbuquerqueHomes.com
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com

Hi Julia -

Indeed closets are big factor and indeed can be the WOW factor!  I had a listing it offered a huge master closet I suggested they do most on your To Do list.  They worked all night sorting and staging closet.  It's what sold the home!  The rest of the home was very nice too but the buying Realtor® said the closet is sealed the deal.  Suggested.

Have a great day!

John

April 30, 2012 09:40 AM
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Julia:

My client will be closing on her home next week.  Her closets, drawers and cabinets were immaculate and neat, just like your picture.  And guess what, that is the way she lives.  She is the neatest and most organize person I know.  I should have take pictures of her closets.  Now everything is in boxes ready to be move to her new home in Arkansas.

April 30, 2012 09:11 PM
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Karen Anne Stone
Fort Worth Real Estate
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

Julia:  If the point here is to show what a closet CAN be... I think this is way underdone.  I think it should be a lot more user-friendly.  This makes it look like it is barely lived in.  Just my two cents.  Sorry to be contrary.

April 30, 2012 09:19 PM
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Sharon Parisi
Dallas Homes
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty

Julia, what a great photo of the perfect closet! Karen Anne makes a good point.  It is a good example of what a closet can be!

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