Take a Whiff

So I’m kind of a sucker for scents.  Yes, I have my favorite perfume, and that lemon-y candle on the kitchen counter?  Pretty much always burning.  Ooh, and the way my girls smell after they hop out of the bath?  Delish!

But I have to confess, I have used my love of scents for less… a-hem, shall we say, “noble” purposes?  Like to sell my home.  Yep, I know.  You’re horrified.  If you’ve been following my posts you now know I a) occasionally wear flip-flops to work and b) deploy underhanded sensory-triggering tactics for financial gain.  And yes, the real estate agent was excellent and with all of the appropriate authority told me to “Clean, organize and empty” when I put the house on the market.

But instead,  I baked.  Before every visit from a potential buyer.  Betty Crocker’s Cinnamon Streusel Muffins, to be specific.  My house was awash in the scent of cinnamon muffin-ness, and I’m pretty sure the restaurant next door did a ton of business while my humble abode was for sale because everyone left my crib with their mouth watering and their stomach grumbling.  Have you given these babies a try?  Even if you hate muffins (not that I think there is any validity to that possibility) you should whip up a batch if for no other reason than to give your house a signature scent.  And a yummy cinnamon smell around the holidays?  Come on!  I promise: your home has never felt more inviting, and it’s cheaper than incense any day!

Oh yeah – and I sold my place in no time.  The buyers’ one concern: “They’re leaving the oven, right?”

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