I don’t grab a whole lot of TV nowadays, but once I do, I really like seeing a show on HGTV called “Designed to Sell” – a program that reveals how staging a house can make it even more attractive to buyers and, finally, get it sold faster and at the desired price. During each show, a group composed of the house owners, a few carpenters, and a professional home stager, handle and troubleshoot a recorded property that’s been sitting out there for a long time.
The purpose is to have the problem home “Open House” prepared and, hopefully, sold, with a tiny budget and not lots of time. In just a couple days they reposition, repurpose, and redecorate, and the results are nearly always jaw-dropping. The best portion of this series, of course, is the large “before and after” show, and through a recent episode, I was struck by the parallels between getting a house ready to sell and getting the body to the terrific shape.
In actuality, there are 3 major principles of home staging – exactly what the insiders call the three D Disassociate / De-clutter / Depersonalize – and these apply perfectly to fitness. The first rule of thumb when seeking to market a house is to start acting as though your house is no longer yours. This requires moving beyond your physical and emotional connection to it, in addition to changing how you reside in it when you’re waiting to move to a better location.
What to do?
The initial step in the disassociating procedure (whether it is your home or your physical appearance) would be to make it looking as fresh and new as you can RIGHT NOW. Then, make a vow to keep it looking fine as you make the transition between the old and the new. Buy a new pair of workout clothes or try out a new hair style. Get a new pair of tennis shoes or go ahead and purchase that new ensemble – the one which matches NOW.
Too often, in the process of changing, we take a”wait until I’ve reached my goal” attitude, which may really slow the process of attaining your objective! Feeling and looking your best as you get healthy is one of the most often overlooked elements of creating a successful physical transformation. Nothing surpasses the energy of a room, or the people inside, like clutter. Unfortunately, once you’re accustomed to living with heaps of newspapers, unfolded laundry, and dirty dishes in the sink, it’s extremely easy to not notice how it affects everything else about you. Sure, it seems silly to believe that the reason you have not made it to the gym the past 4 months is due, in part, to how your car has to be cleaned out, however, I can assure you, there’s a connection.
Mark my word, if you would like to modify your body or change your address, among the smartest things you can do is get organized, put things in their place, and create some visual space so that you can think straight. Organize your linen closet, clean out your pantry, cut your set of glass elephants back to your three favorites. As you de-clutter, it may surprise you how many regions of your life start to improve! When we insist on telling the “who I am” narrative as opposed to the “who I’m becoming” narrative, it tends to lock us to our old habits, ideas and actions – the very ones who got us stuck in the first location.
Breaking free occasionally requires stepping out ourselves and looking at our lives, our houses, and our bodies via an impartial lens. Home stagers do it by encouraging homeowners to decorate and organize their houses in a manner that appeals to a larger population.