We’ve spent the last couple of months getting rid of stuff. Throwing out. Giving Away. Shredding.
Books to Half-Price Books. Still have way too many.
Our closets look great….well, they did until we began to get ready for PICTURES. We haven’t sold a house in over 20 years. A lot has changed including the addition of HGTV shows telling us how to do it. Kathryn, our realtor daughter, sent me a list of things to do before the photographer arrives to take pictures of the house. Pictures that will be used to entice prospective house hunters to come look.
Here’s the list:
Turn on all lights in the house, including Fireplaces, and under counter lights
Turn off all ceiling fans
Remove all items off all counters and end tables
Remove all throw rugs, including bath mats
Remove all items from the bathroom counters, tubs, and showers
Remove all yard signs including For Sale, Home Security, School, etc. (in our case the company sign for the new roof—almost everyone in our neighborhood has one of these thanks to the violent hail storm a couple of weeks back.)
Put away recycle bins, toys, cleaning supplies and hoses
Arrange patio furniture the way you’d like it photographed
Sweep/remove leaves from patio—this is an ongoing effort.
Clean pool and remove toys—this one doesn’t apply because we don’t have a pool, though there is space for one if someone wanted to put one in.
So we have done all of that. Thankfully, the brush and leave sack guys came by this morning and removed all 25 sacks and the pile of brush. Wasn’t sure they would. Then I swept up the rest of the debris, though they did a really nice job.
Nowhere on this list do you read: Remove all personal pictures, but that’s definitely a big one. We had lots of pictures. I mean lots of pictures! They are now in closets.
Thankfully, one of the things we’d done earlier was clean out all but two of our closets. All of the closets are now full again as we piled the pictures and all the other stuff in their. We still have way too much stuff!
The best thing is the way the study looks. Not just my part, but Bob’s side, too. He did a super job.
We have both resolved to not let things stack up at the Lakehouse like we’ve done here.
What are your experiences with downsizing? With selling a house in this new day of staging? Do you have an entire storage room somewhere?
Love to hear from you.