Our children are in school and mostly on their own. My sister Branka and brother-in-law Joe have been living with us for the last two years but will be moving back to their own house this summer. Jeff and I don’t need a large house for just the two of us. A condominium with room for our children (when they come to visit) is a perfect space to transition to at this time.
Jeff and I have been negotiating for months. Should we sell or should we wait a little longer?
Last weekend we made a decision. The house is going on sale after the Memorial Day weekend.
This does not leave us a lot of time and there is much to do to get the house ready. After walking from room to room we made a long list of tasks that need to be completed and assigned a job to each family member.
Every room needs to be painted and this includes ceilings, walls, trim and all the doors. The door knobs should be replaced along with many light fixtures. Bathrooms have to be spruced up. The garage door must be replaced as well as the living room carpet. Clutter must be cleared, pictures taken off walls, furniture removed. And much more.
All this sounds reasonable and attainable except that our house is already overflowing with stuff.
How do we replace the garage doors when the garage is overcrowded with my sister’s boxes? Where do we move the extra furniture, pictures, boxes of books, when our basement is full of furniture, boxes and books already?
We’ll figure it out. It’s a little overwhelming, but I am trying hard to stay calm, do one task after another and not panic.
Dear readers, I will not be writing often in the next few weeks. I will be wearing my old pair of jeans, an old t-shirt and painting, cleaning and packing everything in sight.
Am I sad to be selling the home we have lived in for almost twenty years, the place where my children grew up?
Right now, I don’t have much time to think about it, but I am sure it will hit me at some point. Right now, I am removing traces of all the footprints we have stamped on this house and painting everything neutral.
By the time we are done, this place won’t look like our house at all.
And if the house doesn’t look like our old home, overflowing with people, books and warm colors, it will be that much easier to leave.