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12 Mistakes People Should Avoid When Staging Their Home

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1. Making a creepy doll collection the focal point.

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These should be secondary statement pieces if anything.

2. Having a literal garbage pile for a housemate.

If a room is a junk room, it's hardly a room at all.
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If a room is a junk room, it's hardly a room at all.

3. Displaying a giant collection of plastic grocery bags out in the open.

Instead of stuffing them in a cabinet under the sink where they belong.
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Instead of stuffing them in a cabinet under the sink where they belong.

4. Using your bathroom as a shrine to hotel shampoos.

Showcase that 🛁.
Barry Pousman (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: castle_life

Showcase that 🛁.

5. "Displaying" a "collection" of "collectables."

The odds of a buyer who also loves old jars? Unlikely.
PROKate Brady (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: cliche

The odds of a buyer who also loves old jars? Unlikely.

6. Neglecting to spiff up that — err, um — grotto?

A well-maintained outdoor space can help boost property value.
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A well-maintained outdoor space can help boost property value.

7. Modeling your landscaping after one of those "before" photos.

The yard doesn't have to look like a magazine, but it could still look like a yard.
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The yard doesn't have to look like a magazine, but it could still look like a yard.

8. Celebrating Christmas way past Christmas.

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If the season is 🌞, pack up that 🎄.

9. Filling the house with the aroma of brussels sprout cookies.

The odor may be off-putting, so stick with a traditional chocolate chip.
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The odor may be off-putting, so stick with a traditional chocolate chip.

10. Not neutralizing your walls.

Beige, tans, and grays are everyone's friend.
EvelynGiggles (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: evelynishere

Beige, tans, and grays are everyone's friend.

11. Too much taxidermy.

All those dead heads can really take the life out of a room.
ryan harvey / (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: ryanh

All those dead heads can really take the life out of a room.

12. Literally this:

Don't let it happen to you.
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Don't let it happen to you.

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