As you're going through the process of staging your home, it may be easiest to keep a checklist of simple concepts and keywords in the back of your mind. This will allow you to step back and look into each room, and make sure you're achieving the most desirable effect.
All through the house, you're looking for light: Open up every window treatment and turn on all the lights -- even in daytime -- for that extra natural brightness. Of course, that means everything needs to be spotless and sparkling. You never know where people are going to be looking -- corners of closets, even the crown molding over your head -- and that means keeping your house utterly sparkling the entire time it's on the market.
In the bath, you want to concentrate on keeping things clean but also luxurious. A visit to your bathroom should evoke all five senses to create the pampering environment of a day spa. Likewise, words to remember in the master bedroom should be comfort, luxury and austerity. The kitchen should be uncluttered, simple and beautiful.
Imagine your house as a magazine, with each room a new and perfectly composed glossy photograph. By concentrating on the central idea of each room, you can let the natural light and features of a room dictate the way to decorate, style and ultimately stage your home for show.