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.