Getting rid of clutter to give the "home staged" look

Often what people love most about Home Staging is the clutter free approach.  Living in a clutter free home doesn’t need to be just a dream, it can be reality. Having a well thought out home with just the right amount of furniture or belongings for your space may be easier than you think.

There are a few steps you can go through with the items in your home to eliminate clutter and live in a more peaceful abode.

Make some rules you will follow once the decluttering exercise has been done – “when a new item comes in, an old item goes out”.  Rather than walking around your house looking for things that can go, ask yourself a question to follow through with, “what item in this room can I live without?”

A great way is to separate the different spaces/areas in your home. There is no way you will get the home staged look in a day.  It is a process that needs working through and is likely to take some time to get it quite right. 

The “5 box method” is a good way to separate items so you can easily see what you can part with. The “Outbox” is another great initiative to adopt for things you are unsure about. I.e.: The items that don’t fit into one of the “four boxes”. Let’s go through this below:

Keep box

This is for things that you immediately pick up and say “no way am I parting with this”. These items go straight into the keep box. You favourite pair of boots, your designer handbag, etc. Not going to part with it? Pop it in the keep box.


This is the box for items which still have value but you personally no longer require. Perhaps a jacket that no longer fits, or an ornament that you received as a gift but you dislike. Items in this box need selling or donating to a charity/second hand shop. 


Easy! If it is rubbish, put it in the box and put it in the bin!


Possibly the hardest box. These are items you don’t require in your day-to-day life but you cannot part with. Perhaps your wedding dress, or your child’s first pair of ballet shoes or rugby boots.  These items can be stored away (perhaps in a weather tight garage or in loft/ceiling space).  They may not be items you look at often, but they are treasured. 

The Outbox

This area should be out of the way of your daily life. A spare bedroom or home office area are two good options. It will likely get messy and chaotic, but that is ok. It’s sitting as a half-way house. 

Choose a space that is clearly defined. This area should be out of the way of daily activities and be a place you can comfortably allow to get messy and chaotic for a short while. A closet or guest room is perfect for this, but any small area or corner near your front door will do. Designate this your Outbox.

The Outbox is not garbage, nor does it need to be an actual box; it is a halfway house where things sit while their fate is being decided. You should never be afraid to put something in the Outbox. When it has sat in the box for a while, you lose sentiment to it and can then happily place it in the “Sell/Donate” pile.  As simple as it is, the Outbox has proven to be extremely successful in allowing people to clear out and heal their homes efficiently on a regular basis. 


Emma Bell