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Budget-Friendly Tips to Keep Your Home Show-Ready Even with Kids

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Living in the home you’re selling can be a real challenge, especially when you live with more than one child. You’re busy parenting your little ones, driving to and from work every day, cooking dinner every night, and doing loads of laundry for your family.

Who has time to keep the home show ready too?

Well, as a proud mother of two, I want to share with you, the following budget-friendly tips and tricks that I used and will help keep your home clean and show-ready for open houses—even when you’re working all day and don’t have a lot of time to prepare for a last-minute showing. Read on to learn more!

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Save on New Decor for Your Home

While staging, decluttering, and depersonalizing a home are some of the first steps to get a house ready to sell, chances are you may need to freshen up your decor. You could end up spending hundreds of dollars on new decor for your home if you’re not mindful of what you’re purchasing. However, staging your home doesn’t need to be costly—and adding a few affordable touches to areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and living room can make a world of difference when it comes to appealing to prospective buyers. A few of these budget-friendly touches include:


  • Adding decorative throw pillows to your chairs and couches.
  • Purchasing new hand towels and rugs for your bathrooms.
  • Filling vases with fresh flowers that compliment your home.
  • Purchasing a new shower curtain for the bathroom.


Before purchasing hand towels, rugs, and other decorative items at a retailer like QVC, for instance, you can find online coupons and discount codes to keep staging costs down as you get your home ready to sell.


When you’re on a budget, you likely won’t be able to spend thousands hiring a professional home stager. For some free proven home staging strategies and trade secrets, subscribe to toritoth.com. Tori Toth can help with staging your home properly so that you can attract buyers and sell your home for the highest price possible.

Clean and Tidy Up in Just 10 Minutes a Day

When selling a home you need to keep the house clean and clutter-free for showings with potential buyers. Even if you can’t clean your whole house every day of the week, you can stay on top of household chores if you clean for about 10 minutes each day. This 10-minute cleaning strategy will help to keep your home clean for future real estate showings, and you’ll have less work to do in the event of a last-minute visit from a potential buyer.

In addition to cleaning your home a little bit each day, you could also hire a house cleaner to assist in keeping the house clean between showings. There are plenty of ways to save money on house-cleaning services, especially if you hire a professional to tackle the high-traffic areas in the home and you handle the rooms and areas that are easier for you to maintain.

Use Basic Household Items to Enhance Your Home’s Scent

Freshly cleaned homes usually smell best to prospective buyers, but what happens when you don’t have the time or money to professionally clean your carpets, wash all bedding materials, and mop or scrub the floors before a showing with potential buyers? According to experts at One Good Thing, several natural solutions for deodorizing your home on a budget include:


  • Using a citrus-scented vinegar solution to clean your home.
  • Staging your home with plants that purify the air.
  • Lightly spritzing furniture with a mixture of baking soda, water, and a neutral smelling essential oil.
  • Clean a stinky garbage disposal with ice cubes made of sliced citrus and white vinegar.
  • Deodorize your carpets with a sprinkle of baking soda, borax, white vinegar, or club soda.


Occupying the property you’re trying to sell is rarely simple, but there are a few advantages to remaining in your home until closing day. According to The Balance, occupied properties have more emotional appeal than vacant houses do—and you’ll likely spend less money on staging the property since you won’t need to purchase temporary furniture and decor for your unoccupied home. Plus, these budget-friendly tips and tricks will help you keep the home clean and show-ready at all times—even after a busy day of working and running around town with your little ones.


“Kristin Louis is a former advertising copywriter. She’s a loving mom to two boys: the oldest is 10 and the youngest is 7. She recently created parentingwithkris.com, where she puts her skills to work writing about the trials and tribulations of parenting.”

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