Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Difficulty conforming

I am having a problem. My nonconformist tendencies, which have gotten ever stronger over the past few years, are having a lot of trouble with having my house at the peak of on-the-market readiness.

The house is spotlessly clean. There is no clutter. (If you know me you recognize this as a miracle.) It is freshly painted. Much of the woodwork is freshly stained. The carpets are cleaned. We have filled a 15x20 storage unit with furniture, books, pictures, etc. My scrapbooking stuff is hiding in a Sunday School room at church.

BUT...

We have too many books. I've cleared out dozens of boxes, and we still have "too many." My master bedroom is too plain and undecorated. We have too many cars. (I suppose it would be okay if they all were shiny, expensive late-models, but there it is.)

Our TV is too large. We should have a flat screen.

Of course, I know--as a former Realtor--that there cannot be any sign that six people actually live in this house.

Why? Why do people need to pretend that they don't live in their homes when they are for sale? I never had a single buyer who was so stupid that they didn't realize that the house would be different when THEY moved in. I totally get sparkling clean and decluttered, but my house feels sterile to me at this point. It isn't model home decorated, but without the batiks, books, family pictures, etc., it has no soul. And I'm not going out to buy generic dreck to reanimate my house.

Thank goodness my Genie and my pottery are home-sale friendly.

I long to be past this and back into books all over, color, life, cooking, and fun. If my house doesn't sell quickly I may go crazy.

4 comments:

Bikermom said...

And you are no doubt exhausted Jane. Hang in there. Will pray it is over soon.

ghp said...

Having just (barely) survived selling two(!) houses in the past year, I completely understand & sympathize with what you're going through, Jane. I wish we, as sellers, could be matched up with folks like us, as buyers - it'd make the process a whole lot less stressful.

Don't let it get you down too much!

Lyda Tavorn said...

I hope you went through this hurdle smoothly. At least you've finished most of the tasks you needed to do. As ghp said, don't let it get you down too much. Think more of the good stuff that happened along the way. *pats*

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