My husband and I were watching an episode of Dress My Nest (HGTV), when its host Thom said, “that hurts my eye” regarding a design dilemma. My husband Bob said, “hey, that’s what you say…does it really hurt your eye?” My answer is “yes.” Certain things hurt my eye, or are uncomfortable for me to look at. Its not just a preference for prettiness or neatness, it is actually a physiological response to chaos that makes me uneasy. My definition of chaos is too much of anything without any organizing force…too much color, too much stuff, too big, too many…it makes me anxious, literally. So, for me, staging makes sense…it minimizes the amount of clutter, neutralizes potentially over-the-top color schemes, and organizes space…for a peaceful showing.
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