Shopping bags are full of promises. Elicit that moment of anticipation for potential buyers by using pretty bags to stage your home.
- Center attention in an empty closet by positioning a row of three plain, colored medium sized bags with tissue blooming from their open tops, on a shelf.
- Draw attention in a partially full closet to the amenities you want to highlight by cleaning out that section and placing a single colorful bag (again, with the tissue sprouting from it) on that shelf or hanging from a hook.
- Make a vignette in the mudroom or back porch by hanging a a plain canvas bag from a coathook. Have a couple of intriguing accessories – a scarf? A pair of sunglasses? Trailing from the open bag…just as though you’d tossed the bag there as you arrived home from a fun trip.
- Vases packed away? Cut off the top of a 2-liter pop bottle and arrange in it a grocery-store bouquet. Drop the impromptu vase into a brown paper bag that’s just a little taller than the bottle. Scrunch the bag around the bottle so the top edge of the bag flares out. Wrap some twine or a ribbon remnant around the bag about two inches below the top edge. Voila! A rustic paper-bag vase that’s environmentally friendly to boot!
- Need to tidy your kitchen or bathroom cabinets of prescription bottles, spices and not-so-pretty evidence of everyday life? Collect sturdy small bags – the kind you get when you buy cosmetics – and use them to corral the small bottles and flotsam. You can quickly sweep all the bits in to the bag and put them in a cabinet or the medicine cabinet in advance of a showing.