How to Hide the Clutter

Staging a home properly can make your home sell faster and for more, but there are many things that you need to do in order to make that happen.

One of the cardinal rules of staging is to de-clutter your house and make it look as open and big as possible. Having your stuff jammed into every single crevice and corner of your house is going to turn off potential buyers. They need to be able to see your houses benefits and picture themselves living there. That isn’t going to happen with clutter and stuff everywhere.

In order to make your house as decluttered as possible follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to staging Nirvana in no time!

Lose the Coat Racks

Everyone loves a handy coat rack, right? But what a coat rack might say to potential buyers is, “Hey! We don’t have big enough closets.” Whether it’s true or not, it’s not the impression you want to give to your potential buyer. Hide those handy racks during your showings.

Magazines and Papers Go Bye Bye

We are all guilty of stacking our papers, bills, magazines and ads in random places around the house to be sorted later. But “later” never comes and those piles grow and grow. Make a clean sweep of your papers and get them filed or put away. If you can’t do that without adding to the clutter of your house, then grab a portable file holder and stow them away in your car during showings. Don’t forget to leave a few tasteful magazines neatly arranged to give your house a more lived in feeling.

Organize Bookcases

Bookcases are often a prime area for clutter and disarray. Make sure to organize them and make them look orderly. The ideal look is to have them appear to be a bit empty. Unique patterns and the occasional accessory help them stand out as well.

Storage Baskets

Storage baskets and other good looking organizational tools help bring order to the chaos and make your house look much more clutter free. They can be big or small, hidden away or on display. They can be used for everything from remote controls to towels and linens. Covered baskets work better if you plan to use them out in the open.

Clear the Kitchen Counters

Your kitchen counters are probably a magnet for clutter. Beyond the knick knacks, papers and other random stuff on your kitchen counters, you also need to clear off small appliances. If you have every small kitchen appliance out in plain sight, it tells buyers you don’t have enough room in your cabinets.


Make sure your cabinets are clean and organized. Don’t pretend like you’re better than everyone else and don’t peak into cabinets when you go house hunting. Your potential buyers will snoop too, so that means you need to hide the clutter that you can see and the clutter you can’t. Don’t just slam it all into a cabinet and cross your fingers they won’t find it. Use things like lazy Susans, organizers and baskets to bring order to the chaos of your cabinets.