Cindy Lin, Founder, Staged4more

Hi, Welcome to Our School of Home Staging!

After a successful, 12+ years run as a home staging company in San Francisco Bay Area, STAGED4MORE is now an online school that focuses on home staging education for home stagers, home sellers and real estate agents.

Please take some time and check out all the free resources and tips available on our blog & podcast, as well as our courses selections.

How to Live in A Staged Home

How to Live in A Staged Home

How to Live in a Staged Home | Staged4More.com

So you’ve decided that staging your home is the best course of action for selling your home quickly and [hopefully] above asking price. But wait… you still have to live at home while your house is staged and on the market. How in the world will that ever be possible?

It is! Promise. 👌

Here are some tips from professional home stagers about:

  • How to keep children’s/teenager’s things under control

  • How to keep living spaces presentable for potential buyers while also actually, you know, living there

  • Areas to focus on and areas that can be a lower priority

  • How to deal with spur-of-the-moment showings

  • Where to keep all the “stuff”


How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Michelle Finnamore of Michelle Finnamore Interiors of Toronto. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

“When we are working with a family with small children this is our suggestion to make life easier in a staged home for sale: buy each child a plastic office bin with a lid. Let him or her pick out some stickers for it, let them write their name on the bin, and that becomes their storage bin for putting their toys, books, and homework into when you must leave the house for a showing to take place.

For the little ones, you can put the timer on the microwave and make a game out of cleaning up. The kids laugh and giggle tossing their stuff into the bins to see who can do it before the buzzer goes off. They get a sticker to add to the bin (or some other incentive that works for them). Families tell me this idea has been a life saver as the kids love the game and they only get to play when there is a showing.”

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
416.928.2999

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Lisa Ommart Stitt of Oklahoma Impression Home Staging. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

"Each child gets a tub of toys. Everything else gets packed and they'll see it at the next house. It will be like Christmas again. That way, if everything is out at the same time, you only have 2-3 tubs to pick up. Stay away from things like puzzles and Lego sets with a lot of pieces. 

Clear out under the beds. Then, in a pinch, stuff things under the beds and in the washer and dryer. Those are the two areas the buyers won't look. And that's how we cheat!

Storage units are a must if you are upsizing. If you are downsizing, get rid of your crap before you pay to move it.”

Lisa Ommart Stitt
Oklahoma Impressions Home Staging 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Lola Jan Davis of Casual Elegance Home Styling. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

“Living in a listed home can be difficult, but keep in mind that the inconvenience of living in a staged house will pay off by shortening the length of time you have to cope. Plus the payout of getting the best sales price possible.”

Lola Jan Davis
Casual Elegance Home Styling
Lubbock, Texas

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Donna Henderson of Lemon-Lime Home Design. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

”Beautiful baskets are a Mom’s best friend, even when living in your home. Everything is presentable when it’s stored in a lovely, homey basket. Get big enough ones to accommodate whatever you need to store in that room — toys in the family room, paperwork in desk areas, etc. Items can easily be corralled and they will add an organic, textured touch, as well. Win-win. Watch out for baskets that have a funky odor (often the cheapest ones) and baskets that shed, leaving you more work vacuuming.”

Donna Henderson
Lemon-Lime Home Design

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Nikolene Isely of Stager by Design. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

”Personal towels for the bathrooms can be hung on a hanger in your closet.”

Nikolene Isely 
Stager by Design
San Francisco Bay Area

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Monica Glover of Arrange Home Staging. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

”You have to address how the house smells. I recommend that all of my clients keep Pledge multi-surface spray and/or wipes in kitchen and all bathrooms. It smells fantastic, works on all surfaces, and makes for quick clean up.”

Monica Glover
Arrange Home Staging
Chattanooga, Tennessee

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Sarah Nowak of Nowak Interiors. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

”Fresh hand/bath towels and pretty soap dispensers can be kept in a plastic tub out of sight. Before showings, swap them with your daily use ones and then swap them back after showing. The towels and dispensers never get used, so they never need cleaning. I also advise small kitchen and bath rugs be stashed out of sight for showings. They often end up dirty, crumpled, and out of place. Design-wise, many small rugs tends to look cluttered so stashing them for showings gives buyers a cleaner first impression.

Sarah Nowak
Nowak Interiors
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Jennifer Talbert of Reveal Home Staging. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

”Showings can be requested at the drop of a hat. Have a few empty boxes ready to fill with toys and things that are left out. Before leaving the house, walk around and throw loose items in the boxes/baskets and toss them in the back of your car on your way out with the kids.”

Jennifer Talbert
Reveal Home Staging
Redlands, California 

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Liz Larson of Perfectly Placed for You. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

”We suggest having a few laundry baskets on hand, but another hiding tip is to use under bed storage bins. We also suggest each homeowner use a shower caddy, that way the bathroom counters are always ready. Store them in a closet or under each bed.”

Liz Larson
Perfectly Placed For You
Massachusetts

How to live in a staged home. Expert tips from Raleigh home stager Bobbie McGrath of Successful Staging. Home staging blog by Staged4more School of Home Staging

”In a perfect world, any extra items would be stored offsite. Of course, this could be a storage unit or utilizing the movable containers such as pods. I like to provide outside the box ideas, however, so I often recommend asking a friend or family member if they can store items at their house during the showing season. If these options are not a possibility, I then look to store things in the attic. It is important to keep an open pathway for the inspector to have access to any air systems or water heaters, etc. An on-site shed can sometimes be used, as well.

The next option is to have items neatly stacked in the garage. I recommend they use the same size boxes as they can be stacked higher and more easily. Begin placing them the furthest point away from the house entry door between the house and garage. The final option is to sacrifice a secondary bedroom or, perhaps, a portion of the basement within the house. I explain the importance of having the rest of the house looking as polished as possible justifies this sacrifice. After all, it is our job is to meet our clients where they are. If they do not have the financial or physical ability to remove the items it is our job to come up with creative ways to solve this common problem!”

Bobbie McGrath
Successful Staging
Raleigh, North Carolina


So many great ideas from my fellow stagers! What was your favorite tip?

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