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The Eye Gets Used to What it Sees Every Day

March 7, 2010

This is a prime example of what happens to the sub-conscious when the eye “sees” something every day and therefore, after time the object then fades into the background no longer becoming something of importance.  In layman’s terms: the eye & subconscious becomes “used to” what it sees every day. The stack of bills and paperwork covering the workspace, the millions of magnets covering the refrigerator, the IV Saline drip in the laundry room. (insert record scratch here)

Yes, my Company was called in a few weeks ago to do a Home Staging bid on a multi-million dollar home that has been on the market for nearly THREE (yes, 3) years and the above is what you saw when entering the laundry room.  Mind you, the laundry room was not a simple closet-style laundry room but a pass through to the 4th bedroom (maids quarters) as well as the garage. According to the Sellers, they had a sick cat (several weeks prior) and it had been hanging here ever since. 

We explained that this does not give a Buyer the impression that this is a “happy nor healthy home” and we were explicit when explaining that is it could NOT remain and if the cat was no longer sick (even if it was) there needed to be a better, less discreet place for its location.  The Sellers agreed and assured us that it would be taken care of before we arrived to Stage the home.  They took care of 99.9% of all of our suggestions: yet 3 weeks later here it was when we arrived. (insert physco knife sound here) 

Needless to say it was the first thing we removed and a more adequate home for it was found. But Just like the stacked up news papers in the corners, the rooster figurines or the massive dog beds in the living room; telling a Seller to simply “declutter” typically is not enough without specific direction. The eye gets used to what it sees every day, therefore no longer becoming something of “importance” either good or bad.

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  1. March 7, 2010 3:43 pm

    Great post! Love it! Love the visuals!
    LOL!

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