My husband and I want to get our house on the market by this Fall. We are wanting to move a town over. He works in that town now and it would be nice to be closer to his job. We had a plan all set in motion to get things done around the house and for the first week, it was all going great. After that, it all seemed to fall apart and now I am so far behind, I feel like I am never going to be ready on time.
We sat down together and made a list of all the projects we needed to get done before we could even think about listing the house. The list ended up being pretty long but some of those projects were easy to do and would not take a lot of time. Then we went through the list and assigned each duty. Most of the outside work was going to be done by Chris and most of the inside work was going to be done by me.
Most of the inside work was organizing and de-cluttering. We know we need to maximize the space in every room to make it look more appealing to a buyer. We are going through everything, getting rid of what we do not need, packing away things we want but do not use at this time ( the plan is to rent a small storage unit ) and then reorganizing everything else.
I started on the nursery since it was the smallest room and would take the least amount of time. I went through all of Amelia’s toys, donated some that she did not play with anymore and gave some to my sister that I knew my nephew would like. Then I went through all her clothes, shoes and diapers. Any clothes that did not fit got put into a tote to send to a resale shop, I donated a few things as well and gave a small sack away. I got rid of a few diapers and woolies that we were not using anymore as well. Then I put everything back away in a very neat manner. It only took a couple hours to get done and the room looked great.
Unfortunately, that is the only room I have been able to finish. There has been so much going on lately and I just have not been able to get it done. Between my mom having surgery, normal kid stuff, family issues, having company and everything else life has thrown at us I have fallen behind schedule.
Chris has been able to get some of the outside work done. He tackled the sheds and garage. They had junk in them left over from the two previous owners of the house. He hauled a lot of garbage out of their, put some scrap metal up for free ( local radio station ) and it was gone before the end of the day and spent a long time just cleaning and organizing his stuff. They look a lot better now. There is still a lot of outside work left but he at least got a start on it.
My mom has recovered from her surgery and has offered to come in and help me. Chris is going to take the kids somewhere for the day while we do the kitchen. It is going to take the longest since we are painting it as well as cleaning/organizing. I have a lot of cooking stuff in my kitchen that I do not use. Most of it I am giving to a friend, she recently got divorced and has very little. The rest I will probably donate.
I am going to keep trying to get everything done before Fall but if push comes to shove, the house may not end up on the market till next Spring.