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Day 162: Lessons from Home Selling

Our house has been for sale for a couple of weeks, and it's certainly not an ideal living situation, especially with three little kids. We have been enjoying our house more since The Great Purge of 2016. A year of slow decluttering and a couple of weekends of heavy cleaning and yard work and the place has shaped up quite nicely. My husband even commented on how nice it feels in here!

While I am not silly enough to assume I'll keep this up after our house sells or in a new house, we have developed a few habits we hope to continue.

  1. Make the bed. The Internet has really strong feelings about the merits or demerits of daily bed making. For me, it makes me not hate my room, so that's nice. 
  2. Open the curtains. We had our windows professionally cleaned by Squeegee Squad last fall and it made a world of difference. I also finally bought grown up curtains for our bedroom. The combination of those two adult items have brightened up our bedroom and inspired me to open curtains there, in #3's bedroom, and in the living/dining room. It's easier to be happy in a bright and airy room. 
  3. Just put it away. I find it so easy to just throw stuff on the counter or in the hallway or at the top of the steps, so I really have to force myself to put things away. It probably takes less time to just put the thing away now than to leave it here and then deal with it later. This might be the hardest one to carry forward, but not having dirty clothes strewn about the house can be equated to angels singing in my book. 
  4. Flowers. I crafted some fake flowers in mason jars for a party a few months ago and I've loved having them about the house. They're clearly fake but they still look fun. For our open house today, I purchased some real flowers and put them in my Fiestaware pitcher and am finding it to be a bright spot. It makes me smile to glance at them sitting quietly and politely on the table. 

I know there are more, but these are enough to get me though one more day of having a house on the market. 


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