This was taken on a Thursday night while I was getting dinner ready. This is what it looks like in our house while that is happening. My son is usually getting into things or playing with a toy. My daughter likes to sit on the couch and relax. She is one of those that needs down time after being around people all day. My dog takes up a couch all on her own like she owns the place. The laundry is in the photo, waiting to be folded. A typical evening in our life.
Home for Sale. That’s the status of our current residence. This is a permanent fixture in our home for any agents that bring their clients through to see our condo. The kids were pretty good about ignoring this sign at first. Then they became interested in it and its contents. The sign now sits on top of one of our bookshelves. It is brought back to this position when we leave the house the days it will be viewed.
It seems so lonely sitting there by itself on our side table. We are hopeful it won’t sit there for long. An offer is what we need in order to buy our next place. Ideally, we’d like to time it so we can move from one place to the next. But, we have a back up plan. We will move in with my in-laws if we sell before finding a place to move into. We need to equity to use for our next place so an offer is needed before any next steps are taken.
We have a great team of Realtors working on our behalf; its just a matter of time.
Today was all about getting the condo ready for listing it. We are still a few weeks away from the official listing date, but we wanted to work on organizing and de-cluttering together. This happened to be the only weekend that we would have that opportunity, given our schedules the next coming weekends. Now the goal is the keep it this clean until we list, which is always a challenge with young kids in the home.
The stuff that sits out on the counters is stuff that we use on a daily basis. This is the stuff that needed to find a home inside a drawer or a cabinet. This meant the stuff inside the cabinets needed to be looked at. Do we still use it? If we do, how often. The stuff used less often could be put in boxes and stored until we need it again. If we do not use it any more that was a candidate for donation at the local goodwill.
This, then made room for the stuff we use all the time to have a home inside something, versus our current habit of placing it on a shelf or countertop. Not all shelves are perfectly clean or cleared of stuff. I did leave out candles and other decorative items, such as plants, to give add a nice touch to what could have become very bare shelves.
We have a little more that needs to be done, but we got most of it done today. The rest can be done in small spurts during the weeks between now and listing day. The photo for today is staged living room.