getting our place ready for the market
how do people do this?
We have so many little touch-ups to do, plus decluttering all the junk in our too-small-for-us, slightly neglected place. And we have two kids who are just frankly in the way.
If they go outside, one of us has to go with them. If they're hungry, one of us has to feed them. If they get bored, they get out toys to play with.
I asked DH if we could get his folks to take the kids off our hands for Saturday, so we could get stuff done without spending ANY time--not even one minute--on them, and their food, and their entertainment, and their safety.
Then, I reasoned, we could get out the paint and do the touch up around the door frames in 2 places. I could get out the drill (I CANNOT CANNOT use the drill when they are around--I'm terrified I'll hurt myself, or at the *least* get the hole in the wrong place, because they are such distractions when they are around). And I could throw out (or at least pack up) their toys without them complaining about it, or **biggie here**getting out NEW MESSES!!!!
Snow is coming, and he said, "we may have to pick them up early." I got a little hysterical. Just a little--well, OK, for me, EXTREMELY hysterical. If they are going to be home for ONE MINUTE of Saturday, I said, then just don't take them anywhere. Bcs you have to spend 1 hour (minimum) to drive out to get them and come back, and they might as well be here in the way the WHOLE day. I'd rather not kid myself into thinking it will be a "get things done" day when it frankly WON'T.
I just feel like everybody's in my way--and the STUFF that's in my way--oy, vey!
We have to get the handyman to finish modifying the bathroom cabinet, and install it (the GC is done remodeling the tub area, yay for him!!!).
We need to repack the bathroom, now that the GC is done.
I need to (though maybe DH can) do a little bit of regrouting a thin strip in front of the new sink vanity (did I tell you, I goofed buying a new one, I should have just had new slab oak-plywood doors made) that's exposed by the new cabinet footprint.
I need to reinstall the under-sink trash pullout; it never has set flush into the cabinetry; but I think it'll be easy to modify now.
We need to paint around at least 2 doorframes, and we need to paint the archway molding (trying to cover up the ding in the paint job at the same time).
I want our handyman to help me install a mirror in the 2nd bathroom; it doesn't have one. We'll leave this one I bought behind, but that's OK w/ me; it was $60, and the room needs a mirror anyway.
I need to declutter the bottom of my closet and the top of the piano.
I need to deal w/ the mending pile; I got it reduced, but it's not gone.
I need to declutter my dresser.
DH needs to declutter his desk.
I need to pack even MORE things in boxes to go to the storage space (yeah, I know--I'm trying to prep people for the idea that it can't all come back after we move--the thing is 1/3 full (per DH, though i haven't seen it so he could be exaggerating) and our house only looks fractionally better.
I feel like I"m the only one willing to declutter anything permanently.
DH never wants to make a list of what will need to be done--you know how the first version of the list is always incomplete? Well, we won't get the "oh, I just remembered" days, now, bcs he wouldn't start it earlier.
Do I sound a little angry? I am, underneath, no matter how polite I seem on the top.
Wish me luck--it has GOT to be a productive Saturday, or I'm going to be divorced. I'll be so frustrated, and he'll be fed up.
And of course, there are the differences of opinion on when to put the place on the market. The people we want to buy from have accepted our offer but not sent us a contract yet; DH doesn't want to put an ad in the paper until he has the contract. I tell him, "an ad is not a sale--who knows how long it will take US to find a qualified buyer who'll pass the co-op board, and WANTS to buy the place? We have to start now; we can always make the other people hurry up once we have a buyer." The sellers have been patient w/ us so far, and they're not rushing themselves, but that's going to wear out pretty soon!
Oh, and....DS's 8th bday is Feb. 26, and he wants a party; how will I have time (or place) to plan that, too? And DD has science project, plus she's failing in school so needs extra attention; how do we deliver THAT at the same time? We could decide not to sell now, but we desperately need the space, we've got a great apartment on the string, and anyway something ELSE would just get in the way.
We have SO much trouble carving out any time to do ANYTHING that's not "today's laundry and picking up today's mess." I've become a fan of the GameBoy, just because it's a SINGLE item, instead of toys all over the floor.
How do other people do this?
I've decided to try to focus on the most important things--a balance between structural (the bathroom tile grout) and decluttering (clear surfaces, no piles in the corner). If my bookshelves are crammed, oh well.
And we haven't even gotten to CLEANING the place! That, I may hire someone to do after we've gotten through this weekend.