How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Staging the Study
The Study is a place of work where an individual works alone on various reading and writing tasks. It is quiet and separated, where peace may be found. Perhaps the person just wants to sit and think or escape the hubbub of the rest of the house.
The focus of the study is the desk and what ever is on it -- usually a computer these days, although this may take less space than it used to.
As a place of quiet thought, the study should exude peace. As a place of knowledge, it may contain books, computers and paperwork. The goal with staging the study is to show it as a quiet place of work without cluttering it with real work.
Clear the desk of all the bits of paper. A clean notepad with a good quality pen on it can look good. A neat pen tidy, not over-full is also ok. Remove personal photos. A statue or bust of Shakespeare of Plato can help make the room look intellectual.
A warm-hued desk light on top of the desk can shed a nice, friendly pool of light in the work area. This is better than a cold fluorescent lamp. An alternative is a floor lamp that provides similar desk lighting.
Books are naturally placed in a study, although bookshelves can make a room seem smaller, so if this is the case, consider removing large bookcases for the duration of the sale.
Look at the order of the books. Are they higgledy-piggledy? Sort them around so they look better -- books of similar height look better together. Try sorting them sideways by this principle. Also line up the books with their spines flat parallel with one another.