Closet Staging for Real Estate Photos and Our Open House

Having looked at the local MLS listings every morning for years (I love that peek into people's homes!), I've noticed that few listings include pictures of closets. It makes sense. I imagine a lot of people throw things behind closed doors when preparing for listing photos. What's more, the average person's closet probably isn't photo ready.

We have great closets in the condo. There's a walk-in closet by the front door, a laundry room/pantry closet in the kitchen, and two large closets in the bedroom. When I lived were alone, I only used one of the closets in the bedroom and put some random things like the laundry basket in the other one. With Marc here now, we still have plenty of space since he was able to take over that second closet and the others had room for more things.

For our listing photos, I decided to really show off all the great storage here. The closets came with a few racks in them, but there was room to add shelves to the front closet, the laundry room, and my bedroom.

Here's how the bedroom closets looked in our MLS listing:

I started with Marc's closet and as you probably tell by the different lighting, I wasn't able to take pictures of my closet until the evening. This was a big job.

First, I took almost everything out of Marc's closet and added back his duffel bag and a pair of boots. Most of his darker clothes were laying on the bed while I took pictures.

Getting my closet ready for photos took considerably more time. The entire bedroom was full of shoes and clothes. I decided to stick to a color theme for the clothes that would be in the pictures. I picked some blue, pink, and red items to put back in the closet and added a few accessories.

Marc came home at one point and was in shock. He had no idea my closet held so much. After a while, I was able to take some photos and started putting everything back into place.

For showings and our open house, we decided to put at least half of our clothes in storage along with some other items (Christmas ornaments, Marc's bikes, a chair that used to be in the bedroom). We wound up filling our suitcases and 2-3 storage bins with clothes. I also organized all my folded items by color. I didn't board fold like I learned while working at Banana Republic in grad school, though.

Our closets now look like this:

I wish I had thought to take pictures of them before we sent things to storage, so there were before and after photos.

If you've sold a home, did you stage your closets? Do you think it's important to show closet spaces in MLS listing photos?


  1. You have done such a great job staging everything.

  2. I've only ever seen a few listings with closet photos, but I appreciate them. I think whether or not they're important is totally dependent on the listing. For your small condo, showing off the ample storage space is critical; that would probably be enough to make or break for me whether I decided to view such a small place, or look for something bigger!


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