Why Split-Level Homes Are Difficult to Sell

Why Split-Level homes are difficult to sell but they do not have to be if you use some simple tips and tricks to impress potential buyers where they can see themselves living in the home.

My Pinterest Board – Split-Level Staging – Check out my Pinterest to generate some ideas, I have used a few with great success, but I know time is a liability for you right now so we’ll think quickly & simply.

Put away the family photos.

It can feel a little weird to think about putting away images of your loved ones, but there is a good reason for the suggestion. Your family photos make the home feel like yours. You want buyers to feel like it could be theirs. A lack of family photos can give them space to have that feeling.

***I am going to add because I trust NOBODY, you don’t want to have pictures of the children for safety reasons someone could take a picture of them with the address it’s just not a good combination.

Put away the memorabilia.

Memorabilia is a lot like family photos – it’s personalized. And you are trying to get away from personal when you stage your home. Putting away the memorabilia is recommended because there is no way to know if the buyers viewing the house will have an appreciation for your collection – or possibly even an aversion to your collection. 

Throw slipcovers over old furniture.

Staging your furniture properly will help your home show better on the real estate market and sell for more money. Slipcovers are a relatively affordable way to make your old furniture look newer and more attractive. 

Give rooms a purpose.

One of the things that professional home stagers will do is design the look of each room to reflect a purpose – like a child’s room, a nursery, an office, and so on. You can do the same. You can look at listing descriptions of homes to see how parts of the property are marketed. Example: If you have a 3-bedroom house, you could easily turn one bedroom into an office or craft room and one into a child’s room, even if you don’t have kids. Make sure you read the description before it is posted to see if your realtor is marketing the home the way it was discussed. Here’s an example of a room with purpose, you don’t have to have a large amount of furniture to have a purpose      

Clear away the clutter – The Most Important!

Clutter makes a home look dirty and makes rooms look smaller – including closets and garages. It is easy to lose sight of what constitutes clutter when you have lived in a home for a long time, so you might use the mantra “Less is Best” which works best in Home Staging.

Paint the rooms that need painting.

One of the most inexpensive and worthwhile home improvements is painting. Paint is an inexpensive way to make a room look bright and new. Your rooms may be decorated in dark, oppressive colors, be covered in dated wallpaper, or have paint that is scuffed and dirty. Any spaces that have issues with the color, texture, or appearance of the walls should be painted before you start showing the home.

Clean – This is the most important Too!

One of the least expensive ways to stage your home is to clean the hell out of it. Unless you price your home way below market value, you cannot expect buyers to jump in with offers if your home is not Clean & Tidy. All the other homes that they look at are going to be spotless, so you need to clean yours just to be competitive. You’ll want to clean it thoroughly – countertops, all cabinets (inside and outside) because buyers tend to look everywhere before they offer money for a home.


Many Realtors will tell you that bad smells are the single biggest turnoff to buyers, so you definitely want to make sure your home smells nice before you try to show the property. And you need to have someone else help you identify if there are bad odors in your home, trust me your realtor will let you know. You may think your property smells fine, but buyers might not feel the same. Sign up with text appointments with your realtor so you know ahead of time. We had a 24-hour notice set, this way you can bake something before showing or turn on essential oil plug-ins before showing. I personally like the fragrant reed diffusers placed in a simple small vase – it looks elegant and it’s cheap (Dollar Store ones smell nice). 

Fix any glaring defects.

When you are selling a home, it is essential to take care of any defects that are readily apparent to a buyer. It could be something simple like an old water stain on the ceiling or an issue more significant like a dripping pipe – Ours was the showerhead in our bathroom. Whatever problem happens to be taken care of it before you list it for sale.

Remove pets from the home during showings.

For dog and cat lovers, it can seem crazy that buyers wouldn’t want to meet your pets . . . What?!?  But the fact is in, there are a lot of potential buyers who are not into pets due to allergies or some other aversion. Even dog and cat lovers may prefer to buy a home with minimal pet presence.

Provide flyers with useful information about the home, the school district, etc.

There may be some information that potential buyers will find useful when they view the home, like information about the repairs the house has had or the school districts in the area. Making a list of improvements you have made to your property is really helpful to a buyer. Outstanding real estate agents will use this as part of their marketing material that a buyer will take when viewing the home. Your list should include what you did and when you did it if you have receipts another great benefit.

You may even create a flyer showing all the fantastic places you can walk to from your home. This part all depends on the type of buyer you are courting and what your home has to offer . . . . Marketing, Marketing, Marketing!

Display some flameless pillar candles

To increase the coziness, this is my favorite . . . placing some battery-operated pillar candles as part of a well-styled coffee table. Not only will the height of the candles add some visual interest, but the glow will also add to the warm ambiance.

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I grew up as a military kid, we moved about every two years. I learned to “nest” wherever our family deployed. I had a passion and gift for creating and defining unique spaces from the time I could first state my own opinion about design. This has served me well throughout my career – to create unique and vibrant living spaces one ‘nest’ at a time.

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TIME . . . To spend it purposely and passionately on what’s most important to you.

We can give you that gift of time.

When you’re confronted by a cluttered home or business and you don’t know where to start . . . we are there in your corner, no judgment just coaching & cheering you along toward your goals.

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My Coaching Programs can be personalized just for you. Book a Complimentary Session to discuss what’s holding you back. I look forward to guiding you on your journey to achieve organized spaces in your home or business.

Challenge Yourself This Weekend

You don’t have to take the ONE-YEAR CHALLENGE, you can do a 30-Day or 3-Day Challenge.

Take the smallest steps you need to start your decluttering challenge today.

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Have a wonderful weekend!
Peace & Harmony

“the soul always knows what to do to heal itself. . . the challenge is to silence the mind”

Has anyone else besides myself had trouble in those Meditation Classes you might find at your local Adult Ed Program or within a Spa/Studio? The instructor always starts off by saying ….so smoothly and soothing.

She begins with “okay close your eyes” I think I can’t keep mine open. Then she says “ and turn off your mind”. 

I always want to raise my hand just in case she can hear mine, and say “excuse me, I’m trying to silence the mind but the self-talk won’t shut up”. 

Learning how to quiet your mind can have a significant impact on your life. When your mind-body is calm and serene, it functions with purpose.

Unfortunately, very few of us have ever experienced the benefits of a quiet mind in today’s world. We are all constantly attacked with incoming messages, news flashes, social media updates, and notifications, which keep our minds troubled and distracted.

And when the mind is not distracted by those types of messages, it tends to constantly “self-talk” and “make noise” even if no sound occurs. For most people, the mind is continually chattering and replaying their fears and doubts.

Over time, we have become comfortable with this endless inner chatter and may even feel uncomfortable when we are not ‘talking’ to ourselves. That’s why most people feel uncomfortable with complete silence . . . it is so deafening.

Do you ever feel flooded with worries that lead to negative “self-talk”?

If so, you are not alone!

I have created various mantras and affirmations in my journal that I put on post-its and posted everywhere in my spaces. The saying changes DAILY because I am not the same person I was yesterday. 

My hope has always been no matter what situation I was currently living through that I have grown even if it’s just a teeny, tiny, small step. That tiny step is transformation. 

So, because of my daily transformations mantras, affirmations, prayers, and quotes I use change to fit the person I am.

I use them all to help me move out of those spaces of negative “self-talk”. I will get to where I am to be quicker if I’m not frozen in those spaces. The last few days that I caught myself having negative “talk” I say:

“Move on Cheryl from this spot” I physically take my arms and circle them with open hands, then bring them down to where it looks like I am guiding my students down the hallway. This movement guides my soul while I’m moving around or just walking in my space.

The above came straight from the journal entry that I wrote yesterday. What I’m trying to say is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. These days we have plenty of reason to “talk” to ourselves, trying to figure out how to survive the turmoil in the world.

But, you cannot lose sight of the dreams and aspirations you have for yourself or your family. If you keep your Purpose & Passion in clear sight and let go of the negative “self-talk” you can make it to that lifestyle you have in your vision.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Making Intentional Decisions

In 1995, I found myself recleaning the same clutter in clients’ homes. I decided to ask a few clients that I was close to if I could apply my C – O – R + method in their homes.

I had “absolutely” from everyone. I sat with them explaining that while cleaning their homes, I had noticed that I can no longer fit one more bottle of cleaning products under the kitchen sink or fit one more pair of shoes into the hallway closet.

I explained my C – O- R + method: the acronyms stand for CLEAN – ORGANIZE – REDESIGN + so much more. I told them that I was noticing clutter in spaces where I kept recleaning and tidying up each week. I explained together we could come up with systems that can make the home functional, and efficient with purposeful spaces.  I discussed how from then on when I clean their homes,  I would organize drawers, cabinets, and closets along my path of cleaning. 

When I finished my first home with my new method – it was celebrated by the family giving notes and cards when I arrived at their home the following week. 

The notes mentioned items like Time Saving, Saving money at the grocery store because of no more overbuying, and finding paperwork for school or work easier, getting out of the door on time in the mornings.

After leaving that home with cards and notes in hand, I decided to make an intentional decision for my business that the Clean – Organize – Redesign method will become the foundation of my cleaning company.

I found a niche in the then-saturated cleaning business. It has served clients well over the last 27 years, In 1999 I brought the method into commercial cleaning, which lead to helping out small doctors’, and lawyers’ offices get organized and be more efficient businesses.

This new business foundation solved a problem for my clients, it fit the 3 priorities I found to make the final decision to interweave this method into my business. 

I would leave my clients homework when they were having a hard time making those decisions, here is the homework I would leave them: 

1-minute blueprint for making difficult decisions

  • What is the problem that needs to be solved? (declutter clients’ homes)
  • Identify your top priorities for having the problem solved  (keep it to 3) (save client time, save labor, extra$)
  • List them in the order of importance  (save client time, save labor, extra$)
  • Write the 3 priorities in their order, and post them where they’re visible

The next time they had to make a difficult decision, they could evaluate their options through what they learned is most important to them.

Below is a 10/10 sheet, ten spaces, ten minutes – these are spaces where you’re going to see quick visuals of organizing, it helps to keep you motivated for your next challenge.

Peace & Harmony

𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒻𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓃𝒹𝓁𝓎 𝒪𝓇𝑔𝒶𝓃𝒾𝓏𝑒𝓇

“Keep silent and what you resist will be heard”

Today, I needed music to calm my mind – do some mind decluttering. Have you ever wanted to declutter your mind of negativity and stuff that occupies your thoughts but does not move you forward?

~Have a peaceful weekend~

𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒻𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓃𝒹𝓁𝓎 𝒪𝓇𝑔𝒶𝓃𝒾𝓏𝑒𝓇!