My understanding of staging a house is to remove all the clutter until nothing but the basics is left. ALL the kitchen counters are clear (except for maybe a fruit bowl and a heavy kitchenaid mixer). ALL the photos and kid's artwork come off the refrigerator. ALL toys are put away and out of sight. MANY personal photos are put away. etc....
The idea is people will walk through your home and potentially see themselves living in this space. If too much of your personal junk is in sight, they will more likely feel like they are invading a space that is already lived in.
I know this de-personalizes our homes and it's rather impractical to live like this on a regular basis (I don't want to pull the coffee maker out of the cupboard every single morning to make my coffee). But I wonder what steps I could make toward having and living in a more staged house. It's the clutter-free environment that really appeals to me.
I do want some photos around - especially of family and friends who live so far away from us - or our Compassion children so we are reminded to pray for them - but why do we put up photos of ourselves in our own home? I don't really need an 8x10 of myself, my husband and my children in my living room. We are often, in the flesh, together in the living room (or kitchen or dining room). Isn't it a little strange that we put ourselves on display in our own homes?
What are your thoughts?