• Hide cords and/or electronic devices not related to cooking
  • Declutter counters, only leave attractive and decorative kitchenware out
  • Declutter refrigerators, no magnets or personal items
  • Remove pet food bowls, trash cans and soaps


  • Remove ALL items from the shower, no soaps, rags or plushes
  • Hide non decorative soap dispensers
  • Remove all toiletries
  • Toilet seats down and plungers/brushes hidden
  • Hang decorative hand towel that matches color scheme

Bed Room

  • Display bed as clean and organized
  • Simplify the nightstands with only a lamp or book
  • Remove jewelry and personal photos

Living Room

  • Hide TV remotes
  • Remove table clutter (coasters, tissues, chargers, etc)
  • Remove personal photos and books


  • Clean patio furniture
  • Remove grill cover (if grill looks good)
  • Raise umbrellas
  • Declutter area (too many potted plants, decorations)
  • Hide lawn care supplies, water hoses
  • Remove cars from driveway
  • Remove security signs

Dining Room

  • Center and align dining table
  • Center and align rug
  • Organize chairs
  • No chairs in the corner

In Every Room

  • Turn ON all lights and lamps
  • Turn OFF all ceiling fans
  • Open blinds so that the panels are horizontal with the ground, pull drapes to the side
  • Clean windows, vacuum floors, dust shelves, wipe counter tops
  • Hide cords as much as possible, remove unnecessary cords
  • Bonus: Remove screens from windows to let more light in

Generally Bad Items in Pictures

  • Cups, non decorative plates, silverware, etc.
  • Tissue boxes
  • Phone chargers, laptop chargers, etc.
  • Remotes, non decorative books, coasters/doilies, etc.
  • Pet materials, food/water bowls, beds, toys, etc.
  • Hair
  • Trash cans
  • Pens, jewelry, small expensive items
  • Soap bottles
  • Personal photos/family photos
  • Water hoses
  • GENERAL RULE OF THUMB: If you aren’t sure, just take it out. Less is often better than more.