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Keeping Toys Under Control While Your House is on the Market

Moving is one of the most stressful times in your life, and if you are trying to sell your house during the summer months when your kids are at home, you may feel like pulling your hair out, strand by strand. Especially if you're trying to stay ahead of the of the toy clutter. Well, I have a few suggestions that may help you wage attack on the toys and win!

1. Try to keep a box for the toys for each child in your house. I'd like to suggest that you keep the rest in storage or alternate the toys (in storage) if your house is on the market for more than a few weeks.

2. Try to limit the games or building toys with small pieces to ones with large pieces. This will facilitate the daily clean-up.

3. Limit toys that are large and have lots of parts - such as kitchen sets and kid's furniture - suggest that you keep those in storage since they may distract the potential buyer and prevent them from envisioning themselves living in your home.

4. In the front yard, keep outdoor toys, such as bikes and tents, neatly stored away or out of sight from the street -- just in case a potential buyer does a "drive by" your house.

5. Store the remaining toys in attractive containers that can blend into the decor. I'd like to recommend that you consider storage cubes or shelving units, and keeping toys in wicker or canvas baskets.

6. Entice your kids to help unpack their toys by placing a toy or two in each box so that they are excited about helping you unpack their toys after you move.

According to Debra Gould, The Staging Diva, who is an internationally known home staging expert: "The presence of toys probably won't turn off prospective buyers without children, but keeping things tidy and preventing toys from overwhelming the home will increase the property's appeal."

As a home stager and decorator, my advice is to keep in mind that a professional home stager can assist you in preparing your home for sale and will objectively give you advice on de-clutting and organizing (as well as beautifying your home) to sell your home faster and for possibly more money - especially in a slow real estate market.

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