I've learned lots of things about having a show ready house in ten short days, some of them are tricks that I am going to share with you.
As I was making my bed, there was a towel that was used in the morning hanging over the footboard. I just took the towel, that we would reuse one more time and put it on top of my pillows and simply made my bed over it. Voile, what towel?
Now my trick isn't to store towels under your comforter all day, but rather be open to what works in a pinch. What space is usable and valuable to get the space clear of random clutter?
Which leads me to the next photo. Never have I used the underside of my bed to store things or hide things. Big mistake! That space is valuable. When showing your house, closets need to look empty or 1/2 empty anyway, so you can't just throw your stuff in there out of sight. Bank on the fact that people looking at your home WILL open closets, so keep them on the light side and organized. Instead, stuff things in bins under your bed. Or in my case, unfolded fresh laundry and a few random toys happily stored under my bed in that 30 minute window. For the record, I do use a dust ruffle.
We have an electric range and with that comes drip trays. I can't tell you the countless hours I've spent over the years trying to keep our drip trays neat and clean. It's impossible. Food gets baked on and unless you have a strong love for scrubbing, it's not really worth the time. Instead I bought a set of new drip trays at a big box hardware store for $12, we put them in when we have showings or an open house. Just remember to put the old ones back before you cook again!
*Dishes, if you need to clear your sink quickly (30 mins window to get whole house done) and your dishwasher is full of clean dishes, just empty the bottom tray. Load your dirty dishes into the bottom, that way if any of them drip it will just be into the dishwasher and not onto clean dishes. Empty the top shelf when you return home!
**Laundry, out of sight is the motto?! I am never 100% caught up on laundry, it's just impossible. I store hampers inside the closet, I place dirty laundry in the washing machine if it has collected in a pile to be washed, but isn't completed yet. I have even placed a folded load of laundry from on top of my dryer into the dryer. Yes, folded clothes placed inside! I've also heard of people taking their dirty laundry in a basket in the car with them when they leave for a showing.
***Mulch, make it your landscaping friend. Have a section of your yard that has unsightly weed piles, rocks, maybe excess dirt from a landscaping project? Use mulch to cover the area, it adds color and makes everything look neat. I even use it in my flower beds out front to help freshen up the areas where plants don't easily grow (under the roof soffit).
Those are some of my tips and tricks. Have you recently sold your house and have some ideas you'd like to share, please feel free to leave your trick in a comment! I can use all the help I can get.