Accepting Submissions! Show Us Your Best Staging Solutions

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

I’m working on an upcoming article for REALTOR® Magazine featuring home staging solutions for spicing up common household areas. I’m looking to showcase some of your best staging solutions and tips for the following areas in a home …

  • Fireplace
  • Dining room table
  • Kitchen countertops
  • Bathroom countertops
  • Bookshelves

If you have tips to freshen up these areas with staging, please e-mail me at, and be sure to include your name, company, and city/state. Photos are encouraged (even better if you can show before and after photos)!

We will be featuring some of your best examples and tips in an upcoming article in REALTOR® Magazine.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. # 1 CLEAN, clean, shiny clean! I use a very light solution of fresh scent bleach (1/8 c to 1 gallon of water) and 0000 steel wool pad will clean a bathroom to almost new. Get the corners, behind the door, all the baseboards and shoe moldings. (Warning: not for cabinets or mini-blinds. It will remove finishes.) Try the kitchen, too. Wipe all the places little hands go: around door knobs, light switches, etc. Where ever the lockbox goes, you need CLEAN.

  2. Less is more. If there s no budget for any staging. remove everything then clean. Get rid of all things not moving with you in a yard sale, trash or to off site storage, give it awy or pack to its proper owner (including your relatives that moved out & left it behind for you to store). Less stuff= more space. Pack away all off season items to to make your closets and cabinets look bigger.

    Clean after the junk is gone or you’ll be doing double the cleaning moving.

    Then as things are used make eveone but them away immediately after they are done so when you get a call you can leave knowing the the house is showing ready each day.

  3. Kitchen countertops: Don’t put too much on out because you don’t want it to look cluttered.
    Dining Room Table: Nothing plastic! You can set the table with an nice centerpiece
    Bathroom Countertops; Scented soap works like a charm in a nice dish. doesn’t have to be a standard soap dish. Use your imaginations
    Bookshelves: A few, mind you just a few knick knacks. It should fit the neighborhood or the targeted buyer. Remember