Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I need your help redecorating

Since I have a military move to prepare for this summer I have decided it's fine time I start fixing what's broken, patching and painting the tiny holes on the walls and most dreadful, decluttering closets---I'm working on that, one closet at a time.  

My issue really is with staging.  It seems staging is very important when trying to sell a house, I personally find it to be so darn fake, but it's not for me to say so I will comply.  (Don't get me wrong, I do believe clean, organized, freshly vacuumed but some of these sites even go as far as suggesting I rent furniture to get a certain look--NOT!

I have two rooms I need help with and  hope you, my blog friends, will give me some tips--please!!

Our house has a "formal" living room and dining room area which we never used as such because we don't do much of anything that can be considered "formal".  The two rooms are sort of connected by a wide doorway; one side leads to the entryway and the other leads into the kitchen.

In one room we have a Piano, a book shelf, a roll top desk with chair a green plant by the window and a small round table where the kids sit to do homework.

The other side of the room has a long futon, a small bookshelf lined with kids books, baskets with small toys, and board games, and the rest of the room is basically lined with a doll house, a toy bin, and other toys that just sit on the floor - this is our play room.

My dilemma is staging this area so that it's attractive to everyone.  After all, a house this big might attract a family as big as mine and the play room/homework room might be attractive to them too.  I don't want to buy anything to stage it so I have to work with what I have, unless it's something I can take with me like large baskets or some type of storage system.

Should I pack up the toys and leave out only a few maybe in a nice wicker basket?

Should I make the "formal" dining room look the part?  (I have table and hutch to accomplish this task)

Should I pack up most of the books to clear up space? Maybe it wont look cluttered...hmmmm

For the rest of the house I think I can manage with what we have or I'll be back pleading for help again.  I am using the FlyLady's advice in decluttering - the put away, throw away, give away rule.  I have been using her system on and off for a while and it does help when I follow the basic routines- I don't delve into it as much because it's overwhelming but the before bed and morning routines sure make my days a lot smoother. 

Anyway, before I loose my train of thought here, my goal is to get these two rooms staged enough to show my house.  I invite you to help me throughout his process.  Thank You in advance!!

This is the first room, the other one is where I'm sitting and that's where the toys are.  The toys you see here are there because they're going to be sold or given..something...Anyone want a Dora Kitchen with all the tools and a Dora house with all the little toys?