Have you ever seen these bells? I taught Baxter to use them when he was 15 weeks old and he's been ringing them ever since to go outside.
Lucky, Baxter's bed is already in a corner because he likes to nap hidden behind a chair. His toy box is also in the same corner. We decided not to do anything special in the living room. That decision was validated when an agent told us she didn't notice the bed or toy box until someone else pointed them out.
In the bedroom, we have been tucking Baxter's stairs under the bed every morning. We usually only do this if we have company coming over.
I never mentioned buying these stairs before. There are plenty of pet stairs around, but I found these at a pet boutique a couple years ago and was impressed that they were made of wood and not too terrible looking. I've contemplated putting different carpet on the steps since the stuff on there is pink.
Anyway, the steps fold up nicely and slide right under the bed so the bedroom feels nice and roomy.
In the kitchen, we've been putting Baxter's food bowl inside the food bin every morning. The bin has always been tucked away in the laundry room. On days when showings have been prearranged, I take Baxter to the office. We'll leave his water bowl on top of the food bin in those cases. If an agent calls during the day and asks to bring a client by, one of us runs home to take Baxter out and put the water bowl in the laundry room.
We didn't take Baxter's bells away and we didn't hide his leash/collar rack in the front closet. We didn't see those as being major obstacles to seeing the place.