Saturday, June 7, 2008

Decluttering

Thanks to my mom, I'm a big fan of HGTV. It's amazing how many shows they can come up with about buying and selling houses. For someone trying to sell a house, they can be simultaneously helpful and anxiety-inducing. I mean, if people can look at a lovely, large house and reject it because it doesn't have granite countertops, I fear I'll never sell my place. (I don't have granite countertops. I do have some nice ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathroom, though). I've learned about "staging" a house, so all the cleaning and decluttering this week (a marathon of it) is focused on that goal. Making the house look neat, clean and open so it will appeal to potential buyers. We've loked at enough houses to know that we seriously consider ones that are well staged more often than ones that are simply tidied up.

With this in mind, we have taken everything out of the bedrooms but the beds and dressers. Both girls' rooms were painted, the younger one, which was pale yellow over a froggy border and hot pink under is now a lovely cool green under the border. The older daughter's room, which was rose and periwinkle (pink and purple for the boys) is now pale, pale green with white trim. It looks so good, I wish we'd done it a few years ago. The only major declutter projects left are the kitchen and the garage (and dear Hubby get's to do the garage because it's pretty much ALL his stuff).

Whew. I don't think I've ever done so much housework in so little time.

2 comments:

Jesse said...

Hey Mrs. Fuentes,
It's me Jesse R. once again. As a matter of fact I'm an HGTV nut myself. There are times that i will lay on the couch and watch HGTV for hours straight. Let me tell you something the house you live in will sell in the next month for sure. Just because you don't have granite counter tops or stainless steel appliances. The housing market in Douglas is boooooming. There are tons of people that would love to live in a quality house like your own. I would normally say yes to staging your home but the condishions are so good for selling your home that all that you need is a neat house, fresh baked cookies (for the open house), and the smell of a freshly cut lawn. Don't worry i know in my heart that you will find a house and sell this one fast. I promise to keep in contact
Jesse R. Douglas Wyoming

The Fabulous Mrs. F said...

I sure hope it sells pretty quickly. With my husband commuting to Wheatland every day, the gas prices are really a killer. We have the place neater than anywhere I've ever lived (remember my desk? I am such a clutterbug), a nice apple pie scented candle to light when people come, and lots and lots of praying. It will happen. God is always having to remind me to be patient and wait for HIS timing.