This home was the first listing I staged. Disclosure: this was my own home I listed and sold! We pared down belongings and rented a storage room for seasonal items and to move boxes to as we packed them. In the first 3 days, we had 8 showings and went under contract. Did I mention we had a 70-pound dog and a nine-month-old baby? I made a plan for showings, had a "Go Box" we could grab (it contained things like extra keys, medications, jewelry, and was next to the dog leash), and since we packed up and moved out as much as we did, we could easily organize what was left. Packing and purging before the staging process also makes it easier to keep the home 'show ready' - or close to it, at least.