Happy Labor Day! It certainly is LABORIOUS around these parts. We have spent the weekend packing, decluttering, and non-stop talking about the move.
Saturday, I spent 3 hrs volunteering with Bossy for popcorn sales with Scouts, and they are all so sad to see Bossy go....they have been great with him. They even offered that the money in his "scout account" can be transferred to a new troop so he doesn't lose it. Very sweet. And we ran over to the scoutmaster's house to pick up all the empty boxes from the popcorn sales.
The kids and I have gone through their stuff and purged alot (both trash and donate). We moved a few small pieces of furniture out of Sassy's room (which is small to start with). Bossy did a TERRIFIC job going through his stuff. While there is a very small amount of "junk" (think teacher treasure box kind of stuff), it is all contained into one small basket. His anxiety level was getting pretty high so we stopped, but I am thrilled with the progress he and I made (we said Goodbye stuff! See you at the new house!!! and the seemed to help).
The kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and living room are decluttered and just need a final scrubbing. Today's task is the office and the bathrooms.
G-man powerwashed the house yesterday....and the front porch. Oh front porch.....the paint was peeling already. He has started to sand it down and we decided to use the powerwasher to speed it along. OH MY. The MESS it made! There are paint chips all in the front flower beds, down the stairs, stuck on the walls of the porch. Not sure how much work we really saved.
G-man is working until 3pm today, so he will touch up spots on the house with the washer, and work on the deck.
We have been touch up painting, fixing minor issues, and driving ourselves crazy. We have some larger expense items to deal with this week: new doors for Bossy's closet ($114), a broken window, ($288) and the handle on the microwave ($80.....for just the handle!!).
Additionally, G-man and I are disagreeing about "curb appeal." We have some larger areas that I want to lay down a THIN layer of mulch to beautify it....he thinks it is a waste of time and money and that "the leaves are going to start dropping soon and cover it anyway." I say that it will look WAY better in pictures, and that people will see the front of the house and say "oh that is nice" but they will see the other areas and say "oh, they just did the front and didn't care about the rest."
So the plan of the week is to continue to pack up, make several runs to
Goodwill, and CLEAN. I am still concerned about the basement and
attic....even though the realtor said that it is fine. I am concentrating on the main living areas, but want to at least tidy up as much as I can down there. And try and get rid of the pile of stuff that needs to go to the dump.
We are shooting to have the house on the market by Monday. It is ambitious, we know. The timeline we are trying for is to have the house sold by early October, househunting at Columbus Day weekend, and move the week before Thanksgiving. EEEEEKKKK!
I have read a ton on organizing a move....any down and dirty tips from those of you who have done it???