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When you have a house on the market, you have to strip it down to the necessities and make it look as much like a showhome as possible. That means your previously lived-in house needs to magically look clean, decluttered, and basically perfect anytime a potential buyer stops in. When you have kids at home, that is almost an impossible task. As much as we love our children, you can’t deny they tend to leave messes in their wake. And as a busy parent, you don’t have time to do a thorough cleaning and decluttering every day.
These helpful home staging tips for family are especially for parents who want to keep their house show-ready while living on a budget.
Save Money on Staging Staples
When it comes to staging a home for sale, there are a few common practices the majority of people employ: painting walls in neutral colors, replacing personal items with inconspicuous decor, and having carpets and rugs deep cleaned are all great places to start. When it comes to stocking up on the staples you need for staging, keep costs down by searching online for discounts and money back offers at popular stores like Lowe’s and taking advantage of weekly sales at retailers like Target. Not only can you save money on the things you need for home staging, but you can also extend the savings on your family’s everyday needs.
Back to the Basics
Your family doesn’t need every single thing you have access to in your home right now. Have each family member clean out belongings and pick the things they need and commit to living the next few months with just these things. Donate, recycle, or trash the things your family does not need anymore. When it comes to things like gently used clothes and electronics, consider selling items for extra moving money, which is always good for the budget.
Have kids help when it comes to boxing the things you’re keeping and moving those boxes to an offsite storage unit. Letting them participate in the process helps cue them in on the fact that just because their ever-expanding stuffed animal collection is gone, doesn’t mean it won’t be back. Plus, unpacking all those toys when you finally relocate to your new house will be like opening up gift after gift for the little ones.
Create Family Chore Jars
Children as young as 3 can lend a hand with household chores. Having children lend a hand when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the household not only keeps your home show-ready, it also teaches your children responsibility while helping them build healthy self-esteem. Furthermore, when children find out how much work it takes to keep something clean they are much more mindful when it comes to messing things up again.
Unlike a traditional chore wheel, setting up chore jars is an easier way to divvy up work when you have kids of different ages and abilities. Each family member has two jars: a “to-do” jar for the week and a “completed” jar. Sit down as a family and create a list of chores that need to be completed weekly to maintain a beautiful household. Have each family member agree to commit to that chore based on their abilities. Write each individual activity on a chore stick and label them with the family member’s favorite color. Whenever it’s time to do chores — say, after dinner every night or on weekend mornings — each child and parent draws a stick from their particular to-do jar and gets to work. Not only will this give everyone a sense of purpose, but you’ll also save by money by cutting the cost of having to hire a someone to clean your house — you can save the option of a professional cleaning service for when you move into your new place!
It’s easy to keep your home show-ready even with kids in tow without breaking the bank. Save on everything from paint to packing supplies by using cashback offers and discount codes at stores that you shop at every day. Help family member pare down their possessions to what they really need for the foreseeable future and either donate or store the extra items offsite. Finally, get kids involved in cleaning and maintaining the home with chore jars that make it into a game. Before you know it, you’ll have a sparkling home that’s ready to show!
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.