boots~ J. Crew via Second Debut
This week, I have been packing and packing and then packing some more and still there is so much to do. I have been surviving on very little sleep and lots of red wine. Super healthy, I know. We are trying to get the house staged and ready to be put on the market. I don't think you ever realize how much stuff you have until you try and stage your house for real estate photos and showings. Jim and I have a pretty minimal design esthetic going on in our house and still it's too much. Basically, you have to make your house look as boring as possible. No personal touches, nothing quirky, bare counters, bare mantelpiece, very little on the walls, no toys, no clutter. It makes sense. You want a potential buyer to come in and see the house as a blank slate. You want them to be able to envision it with their own personal touches and quirks and toys and clutters. I get it. But after living in a house for almost 7 years, it's hard to undo what you've done. It's hard to make your home look like it's not your home! And with kids, it becomes even harder. How am I supposed to pack up all the kids toys and books when we are still going to be living here for a couple more months? With a lot of confusion and tears from the kids, I can tell you that. Obviously, some of it can be hidden away but, trust me, my house is pretty small and there are very few places for things to be hidden! It's sad to start to pack everything up and store it away, but it is also a bit freeing. It's becoming easier to throw things into the donate pile and part with things I once thought I couldn't live without. It's sort of nice to realize that we can live with less and a bit more simply and hopefully, once we move, we can keep that up. Hopefully! Anyway, those are my random thoughts for now. As I mentioned, very little sleep happening here! I hope you're all having a great week!
xoxo, nora bird