So…we are about to put our house on the market. Can you imagine the fun and hilarity that is ensuing in our household right now? Right? You can see it – boxes piled up, clutter being de-cluttered, windows and walls being scrubbed. This is SUPER fun. Now we add 2 kids in the equation and the need to be doing all this in the evenings after work. We are talking an incredible time had by all. This is amazing. I could cry.
It all started with the stager. Perfectly coiffed lady arrives at the door. She is PAID to tell me what’s wrong with my house. You can imagine how much I enjoyed that. I wouldn’t let her in without a clear acknowledgement of the fact that we had only moved in to this space 3 months before and in that time I was on the road for about 2.5 months, so the house wasn’t exactly in top form. She began to make the rounds… TV has to go, that mirror is too small, your art is hung too low, oh and this playroom is confusing – it needs to be a bedroom. Excellent. That was a great experience. The short story is that in order to sell your house, you basically need to move out and hire Queen Hairdo to completely refurnish and redecorate the place, all for a very small fortune (ie: far more than it would cost to actually purchase the stuff she says we need to make the place passable). Oh! To make this even more fun, Her Highness doesn’t even do any of the heavy lifting. We’re on the hook for the packing, cleaning, light fixture replacing anyways.
So I said “Screw you” to the Duchess of Decor. I got this! And you know what, I think I kind of do… Its starting to look pretty good as we pack up the storage pod outside the front door and give the windows a wipe. A couple new mirrors and lamp here and there, a bouquet of fresh flowers, we can do this. We’ll let you know if it actually works when its time to actually start showing the place.
The real trouble now is how do we live in this place with the Shorties for the next who knows how long. That’s the part that’s got me. Shorty #2 is a walking mess these days. She’s like PigPen from the Peanuts cartoons only the swirling dust storm around her also includes yogurt and lipgloss. Have you ever tried to clean dried yogurt off the wall? And NO, I’m not a savage, I do not neglect the mess so it dries – these are the hidden messes those little fingers create completely unbeknownst to you! Plus Shorty #1 is like a 3 outfits a day kind of girl. Not to mention her deep emotional attachment to every single piece of paper on which she’s written, drawn, scribbled or even tested a pen – we NEED to keep them all. I swear to God this kid has hoarding tendencies. We’ll be buried soon. If I don’t post for a while, send a search party. I’m serious.
My experience though has lead me to build my top tips for Staging Your House with Young Children:
1. Get a hotel room and stay there until the subjects are lifted from the offer.
2. Repeat if necessary.
3. Pray, hope, meditate – whatever it takes that this whole thing is done quick.
Wish us luck!