When we got our house ready to sell we had to get things in order. That meant clearing out the clutter and really trying to scale back. In some ways it was bad (I really miss the kids playspace) but in lots of other ways it's been really good.
Here are 5 things I'll continue to do when we finally find our next house...
1. Keep cooking things off the counter.
gcmenezes) but it might as well have been. We kept olive oil, salt, pepper, random spices, vinegar, etc. all on the countertop right next to the stove. So when we were getting ready to sell all those things had to move up to to the shelf above.
This is my kitchen:
Enter the bright and sparkly, and not cluttered, countertop. See those hanging shelves down from the upper cabinet? Those were where my spices are. Despite these clever storage units there was still a TON of stuff where those flowers are. Needless to say, my realtor was not a fan- she made me clean it up. I thought it would really drive me nuts, but it dosen't. I just put everything in that cabinet above the countertop and put it away when I'm done. It means a nicer workspace for all of us.
2. Put it away, immediately
I know we've heard this before, but living in a house where at any moment you could get a call from your realtor about someone wanting to stop by really drives the message home. I wouldn't wish that stress on anyone, but it really puts it in perspective about how the little things (like really finishing a project, or only doing the things you really have time for) can impact your feelings about the house. With things neat and tidy I had more time to spend scrapbooking, and making messes that I knew
3. Get rid of it.
A huge piece to staging is clearing out the clutter. From piles of papers to anything else. It's totally liberating to realize how little stuff you need. Yes, there are things that I was missing in my life, but honestly, those things are fewer than I thought they might be. There are tons of things that we just don't need but we own anyways. And no, I'm not talking about Halloween decor or Maternity clothes, I'm talking about the 6 different random coffee mugs, or the cards from college that you really don't need to be hanging on to. When you are packing, and prepping the house for sale you realize all the things you just don't need.
4. Toy Rotation/Less Toys
I've always been a fan of this idea, but it wasn't until my kiddos were living with less than a quarter of their toys, both at home most days, and still doing totally fine that I realized my kids are inundated with toys. We had a whole playspace full of them, in addition to whats here in these photos, and they don't really miss a them almost ever. Sure there are items they do miss (guitar anyone...?) but over the long haul it's been totally fine. Paper, a few crayons, playdough and bubbles have kept us happy since EG stopped school in mid-June.
5. Mementos and photos make a house a home
This has been the easiest lesson to learn. Without the things that make us who we are, it's a sad place to be in. A house is more than a house- it's a home to you and your stuff.They moved a lot of our photos, and living without touching anything makes it a really stressful way to live. So bake that bread, hang up that photo, and enjoy living in your home.