Putting your house on the market is quite a daunting task. Especially in a market as large as the one where we live. There are four houses in our neighborhood alone on the market right now.
We have owned and sold two other homes, both of those by owner. No problem. I cleaned them up, stuck a sign in the yard and spread the word.
We sold both of them in less than a month. We had lived in the first for five years and in the second for five years.
This one, however, we have lived in for ten years.
And, don’t forget, it’s a much bigger market.
So, we called the realtor who helped us to find this house to come over and see what we needed to do to sell it.
He walked through the house, looking for problems. Then the assessment: “You have a lot of stuff.”
Yep. Ten years worth. And we had to de-clutter.
And he wanted to put it on the market in four days.
That was on a Saturday. We started working. And throwing away. And making piles to go to thrift shops.
Why on earth would we have kept receipts from the grocery for five years? No idea, but I found some of those in my desk.
Why did we have clothes in our closets we have not worn in seven years? No idea, but I found lots of those in our closets.
Old toys. Tools we never use. Ten blankets (just the ones I gave away, not the ones we actually use regularly). Old pictures in tacky frames that are not displayed, just hanging out in boxes.
Books. Did I mention I am a media specialist? Apparently no one who buys houses reads. Bookshelves should not have so many books on them. Really? Why do they call them bookshelves?
We did not make the four day deadline. It was actually nine days.
Nine days, four trips to the thrift store and two trips to the landfill. And a LOT of dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and scrubbing.
And boy, does it feel good. I had no idea how cathartic it would be to get rid of so much stuff. I am not done with my de-cluttering process. There will be a good bit more between now and the time we sell and then even more when we are packing to move. But as of right now, it is really nice to come home everyday to a place that does not feel so cluttered.
And even hubby has the de-clutter bug. I never really saw that one coming. But, boy, do I like it!