Remember when I said people are looking for lifestyle improvement? Well, that doesn’t just mean pretty surroundings; this change is their lucky break. They’re going to move to their new home and start living a more happy, proactive life – they’ll be fit and exercise, eat fresh food, have time to go to the weekend farmer’s market, do some gardening in the yard, read a book instead of watch TV and go on holidays.
Emulate this healthier, cleaner lifestyle when you restyle – leave a wicker basket, fresh produce and some cookbooks in the kitchen, or even bake cookies; get some designer-looking gardening equipment and place them neatly by the outdoor setting along with a large-brimmed sun hat; have some travel books laying around; if you have some spare space, especially if it’s a little awkward in shape and mightn’t serve a formal function, set it up as a meditation or yoga space.
Remove any equipment that might suggest you are unhappy, unfit or unhealthy. That means massage chairs, crutches or hospital equipment. This goes too with your ‘I’ll get to that one-day’ pile of rubbish in the spare room. Get rid of anything associated with domestic duties – laundry baskets, ironing equipment, cleaning supplies (unless they’re in fancy Aesop-like bottles), piles of tangled cables, weeds, trash, dirt and anything broken.