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How to stage an bookcase... something most people have difficulty with.

Advantage Staging was fortunate to be able to apprentice with the Stager of the Year when I first started working in this industry.

One very important  skill that was taught was how to stage a bookcase.

In this example all I did was declutter and make sure the book case was only two thirds full.

stage a bookcase before  stage a bookcase after

The staging suggestions in this example were a matter of spending a few minutes boxing up the items that were making the office look less spacious than what it actually was. 

Now buyers can imagine themselves working in the this lovely den at home that has room to work and display their favourite things.

Investment, minimal.

Impact priceless.

Advantage Staging is ready to create interest in your property when you are ready to list.

Michelle Finnamore    Advantage Staging

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Comment balloon 21 commentsMichelle Finnamore • June 10 2011 03:51PM

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Michelle - WOW what a great "before" and "after" example of the two thirds full rule! 

Posted by Sharon Lord, New Home Advisor (Maracay Homes) almost 8 years ago

HI Sharon, the rule works every time!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

I love teaching clients how to do this.  Thanks for sharing, Michelle.

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 8 years ago

Hi Ginger, it is a very difficult skill to master. Most people really do consider it "mission impossible". I'm glad to hear that you teach your clients as well. It gives them a good story to tell their friends and family which results in us getting more work.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

Michelle ~ staging shelves is one of my favorite things to do -- many stagers dislike doing them though.  Here's a photo of some I just did ... just staged them lightly since it's a vacant home. home staging west linn oregon

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 8 years ago

Michelle - Thinning the bookcase out and creating balance and harmony, really helped showcase this room.  I love Maureen's example, too!  Mixing some accessories in with the books really adds interest.  A very good point to highlight!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 8 years ago

Hi Maureen, you're absolutely correct in saying  a lot of people shy away from staging book shelves. When homes are vacant it is even more important that they are done correctly as they become the focal point in a room. Great example you have shown to illustrate that fact.

Hi Sally, book cases can truly bring balance and harmony to a room as well as the flip side of bringing chaos and stress into a room. Most book cases I see illustrate a feeling of being over crowded in a house with no room to breathe, a feeling of stress and disorganization. A feeling of never having your work completed.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

Michelle--great example of staging.  I always ask clients to remove half of what is on their shelves--this usually leaves me with 2/3's.  For some reason people feel that shelves need to be full from one end to the other. By the way, that desk in the photo is gorgeous and it's a very interesting design of that room with the curved wall. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Janet, as stagers  we see more than our share of this all the time Janet. Shelves that are just rammed with stuff and then stuff on top of stuff. Closets that are bursting at the seams with stuff that hasn't been touched in years. Why do you think people hang on to so much stuff that they just never use or will have a use for? I think it represents piles of money to them. If they part with it somehow they are parting with their money for good. What do you think?

The curved wall is a feature that many of the houses in my area have in them. Interesting to see however very difficult to hang artwork on!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

Stuff = Piles of $$$!  I think you're right, Michelle.  Or someone gave it to them - never mind they don't really like it...I'm just a guilty.  I save stuff that's been handed down.  Antique, unusable stuff.  Dishes that can't go in the dishwasher, lace that's too fragile to wear, silver serving pieces that are too difficult to keep clean...whatta ya gonna do?

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) almost 8 years ago

I give my clients a golden rule to live by when it comes to gifts. Receive it with thanks as the person has taken the time to think of you and wanted to bring a smile to your face. Display for 30 days and then regift or donate the item so that it serves to provide joy to someone else. What a great way to put positive energy out into the world instead of keeping it hidden in a closet or jammed onto a shelf and every time you look at it you wonder why you keep it.  I prefer the first choice in dealing with stuff as it is so much more positive than the way most people deal with unwanted things.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

Michelle- I love doing bookcases... and it doesn't take much.  Even more fun when you work with the client's furnishings!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

HI Kathy,,I agree with you wholeheartedly. Using the clients belongings is always preferable as you are able to show a little more character and not have it look so uniform.  One comment I get quite often is that my houses don't look "staged" which I think is another way of saying they do not look sterile.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

Its such a simple thing to declutter a shelf, but it makes a huge difference in the feel of the room.  Thanks for sharing Michelle!

Posted by Rebecca McArdle (Stunning Staging & Redesign, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Rebecca, it's the simple things that make all the difference in life. Taking the time to finish the details in a room is why the look comes together as you know. That is why most rooms look unfinished and leave people feeling like something is missing. We know how to make that happen.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

Great topic, Michelle!! Bookshelves typically collect so much clutter of personal photos, books vertically stored and on top of them some more horizontally to use really every inch on the shelf. Home sellers look at me with big eyes when I tell them that about 60 - 75% of their stuff needs to be packed. I love staging book shelves.

Posted by Birgit Anich, CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County (Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040) almost 8 years ago

Hi Birgit, I just had an email from a client saying that is "photographer" agreed with him that the house looked to empty now. Sellers are just so accustomed to seeing so much stuff in their homes that they just can't fathom how anyone can't appreciate the beauty of every one of their belongings being out on display.

I explain that it's much better to have your best items out in groupings and to switch them out once per year so that they can visually enjoy seeing all their special things.

I love staging book shelves as well. It is a fine balance between usefulness and decor in most peoples homes.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

WOW the room looks so much bigGER now!! The power of CORRECT Home Staging!  Great job!!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) almost 8 years ago

HI Janice, It's a simple thing. Space and light sells homes. As you know, even book cases can serve to make a room look wider by having them only two thirds full.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 8 years ago

Hi Michelle.  I too enjoy bookcases and less is always more.  We were also taught to create the zig zag effect when staging the shelves.  I get some of my ideas from magazines and design shows.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) over 7 years ago

HI Wendy, I also do the zig zag as well. I also follow the fung shui suggestions for bookcases. I never get tired of doing book cases. Always something interesting and always a new challenge. Magazines are definitely a great teaching source as well as live demos on cityline tv show.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

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