Embracing Minimalism to Maximize Profits When Staging A Home

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On the blog today I am sharing how minimizing your furniture and belongings in a space can help to sell your home more quickly and maximize your profits.

Fresh paint on the exterior will drastically improve your curb appeal

My parents cottage at Gem Beach is TINY! It totals about 650 square ft. We have made so many memories in this sweet little cottage over the last 12 years, from bachelorette parties to family BBQ’s, this has been one special place for our family. With the 8th grand baby now on the way, my parents made the decision to buy a larger cottage. We immediately started making a list of projects to complete to get the house ready for the sale.

We celebrated my sisters 80’s bridal party themed bachelorette party at the cottage!

Side Note: I cannot wait to show you my parents new cottage once it officially closes, it has an fantastic view of the lake and is double the size of our current cottage!

Here is what we did to prepare for the open house:


First, we focused on improving the curb appeal. A few pieces of vinyl siding needed to be replaced that were damaged by hail and one side of the shed needed to be completely replaced since I melted all of the vinyl while grilling for a bachelorette party (sorry again Mom and Dad!).


The darker vinyl pieces are what we replaced.

Once they were replaced, we painted the vinyl a lighter color and it looked 100% better.


It’s amazing what a difference a freshly painted door can make.

Pro Tip: When painting vinyl siding, you must choose a paint color lighter than the vinyl on your house. If you choose a darker color it will heat up the plastic and melt the siding on hot days.

Front Porch:

The front porch doubles as a bedroom so we wanted to highlight the dual purpose. We added a rug to the entrance of the porch and a little seating chair as you first walk in. On the other side of the porch we removed any bulk bedding on the daybed and placed an end table next to it.


Before image of cottage porch

This room consisted primarily of decluttering and repainting the baseboards since it is a high traffic area.


After image of cottage porch/bedroom

Welcoming cottage entrance

Living Room:

The Skidmore clan is large so there was a lot of seating in this space. We removed the big yellow chair and a wicker chair on the other side of the room to begin opening up the space. This improved the flow into the kitchen immensely. Finally, we removed the rug and decluttered the TV stand.


Before image of cluttered cottage living space


After image of decluttered cottage living space

Decluttered seating area in main living space

Organized TV stand in main living space


The most important thing you can do when showing a small kitchen is to declutter! The first thing that we did in this kitchen was pull out all of the big and bulky items. This included a mini fridge, the recycling bin (we kept the garbage can) and then we swapped out the old science table for a small kitchen cabinet to open up the walking space.

**Quick disclaimer for my parents sake - these before photos were taken while we were in the midst of moving everything around so it is a lot messier than normal!


Cluttered kitchen before staging

You can also see that we removed anything that was stored on top of the fridge and removed all photos and magnets from the fridge.


Decluttered and smaller furniture added to stage the kitchen

We removed everything from the counter and added fresh flowers in the sink.

Clean counters and fresh flowers with home staging

Bedroom #1:

Again, the word of the day is DECLUTTER! By removing the pack n’ play and taking down all hanging jackets on the wall, we made this space feel bigger and more visually pleasing to potential buyers.


Before image of guest bedroom


Decluttered guest bedroom

Decluttered guest bedroom

Decluttered guest bedroom

Bedroom #2:

I don’t have a before picture of the second bedroom, but from these images you can tell it is a smaller bedroom. Before, this room housed a giant king sized bed! It was insanely comfortable but it was essentially a room only filled by a fluffy mattress.

We put in a smaller bed which gave the illusion of a larger space and made it much easier to walk around the bed and access the dresser.

Master bedroom with minimal furniture

Master bedroom with minimal furniture


In the bathroom we removed all of the useful storage bins throughout the space. This included the bin on top of the toilet that held various toiletries and anything sitting on the sink. There was not too much we needed to do in here besides remove some personal items.

Small bathroom staged with flowers and minimal belongings.

Small bathroom staged with flowers and minimal belongings.

Small shower was decluttered by removing hygiene products

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