Friday’s notes

We’re coming down to the wire today, trying to get things cleaned up or cleared out before the photographer comes to take pictures for the brochure the agent will provide to those looking at our house

We’ve been moving things to the basement, boxing things up, and getting general cleaning done.  The guy who came to clean the carpets worked miracles, getting out an old rust spot and a newer stain that we couldn’t identify.  I made sure to praise him to the agent,  who had recommended him.

Yesterday, the men came to patch the hole in the office wall, and while he was at it, he patched some nail pops that had been irritating me for about 15 years.  Today they painted one wall and the ceiling.  I hope things will be dry enough to return the office in time for pictures,  we can always do that room last.

The house should be really clean, and lovely for Easter, but we won’t be hosting the usual family gathering.  Hopefully, we can rest for a couple of days before the house isn officially listed.

I love the open areas, and the light.  I love that the house shows it’s size and looks uncluttered, but it’s a very sterile look.   I’ll have some serious work to do when we start opening what I’ve packed up at the next house.  For sure, we won’t be keeping everything.  Most likely once we have moved, all my posts will be about having to decide what to give up.  If you’ve read this far, you are a very patient person, or a very good friend!

5 thoughts on “Friday’s notes

  1. I hate the sterile look, but the goal of the realtor is to get people imagining THEIR stuff in the place, not your stuff. When I was house hunting I looked at a couple places that I easily imagined my stuff in. But those places were in horrid shape roof wise (and perhaps structurally). The place I bought wasn’t sterile looking, but did have enough stuff taken out that I had an idea of how much of my stuff would actually fit.

    The getting rid of years worth of accumulated stuff can hurt. I know all the books, tapes and stuff that I got rid of (gave to charity for children learning to read) was heartbreaking, but had to be done. And truthfully, the ones I gave away I hadn’t re-read for years so it was good to give them to a place they would be useful.

  2. I know you’re right, Bogie. I was just talking with my DH about this….that I have done without those books for a year, when we move, it should be easier to let go of them. I wish I had reached that point before I boxed everything up and sent it to the basement! lol

    I’m going to take pictures of the house as it is now, through the time we have left. Even though it seems sterile, it’s still my home. I’ll want to remember it like this, as well as through all the passing years.

    Congratulations on making your new home your nest!

  3. Oh, I so know what you mean.

    Very unexpectedly, we find ourselves in a similar position. But, I am realising that I’ve only kept a lot of paperwork because it refers to hassles and their resolution here, and I won’t be needing them if we go where we could. But, it’s hard to get rid of them now, ‘just in case’ we don’t go.

    Good luck!

    • “…if we go where we could.” Do I hear the wish to move? Have you found your personal Eden? I’ve loved reading about your home, and all the changes you have wrought. I love the animals and birds and gardens and everything with which you have surrounded yourselves. I’m surprised to find that it might not be the perfect haven you want it to be.

      I have kept papers having to do with our home, and the building of our home. I’ve also kept seven years of business information. Each year DH plans to shred one year of data until it’s all gone. But, the majority of “stuff” that we won’t be able to keep will be books, and furniture and quilting supplies. I’m not going to worry until I see where we will be living. There will be plenty of time at that point. Did Scarlett O’Hara say, “I’m not going to worry about that until tomorrow!”? I’ll be Scarlet this summer! liil

  4. I have been preparing for the eventual sale of my house after my death for the past several years. Getting rid of mountains of stuff that I found often belonged to family members and not to me was a bit of a shock, as I don’t remember when they stored them and then forgot them.
    Only in the past year have I regretted not selling my house ten years ago. I’m 81, upkeep is costly and I must keep it up so as to have something decent for my daughter to sell, and the real estate taxes are growing each year. Our state has no sales tax other than on food (not groceries) and entertainment, and it gains most of its money from real estate taxes.
    I am not a hoarder nor one of those people who loves knick-knacks or hanging a lot of pictures, so that helps. Plus, I am extremely capable of doing my own painting and have just finished removing wallpaper and painting a large bedroom. I have slowly been sanding and painting the outside of my house where I could safely reach areas on a good ladder.
    But I still wish I had sold the house 10 years ago.

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