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?”