So, you’re selling your home but don’t have the budget to hire a professional stager. Who does? After all, supplying and artfully arranging those vintage books, ficus trees, and nesting tables takes time and money. In fact, according to a 2016 article by, professionally staging a 2,000-square-foot home can cost around $2,000 a month.

But never fear: By employing a few basic tips and tricks, your humble abode can still look like a million bucks. Here are eight ways to stage your home without hiring a pro. (See also: 8 Unexpected Costs of Selling a Home)

1. Edit and organize

Not only can you improve your life with a deep declutter, it’s an essential first step in staging a home properly. Toss out the junk, donate unused items, and consider packing for your move early and storing boxes off-site or in the garage. Once that’s done, tame the wild spaces in your home. Organize messy closets and neatly arrange the pantry, basement, and other catchall areas.

2. Clean

Staging is an art, so start with a clean palette. Mop the floors, wash the windows, scrub the toilets, and dust anything that’s standing still. In the minds of most buyers, a clean home is a well cared-for home.

3. Pack up the personality

As a stager, your goal is simple: Help potential buyers feel as if your home was made for them. Since you want to appeal to the widest audience possible, it’s time to put away the personal photos and bubble-wrap that troll doll collection you’ve been curating since 1982. Sure, these things may mean the world to you, but they only limit the vision of would-be buyers.

4. Paint

Painting is one of simplest and…