Now that we’ve decided to sell the house for sure, we need to get it ready. I feel like I need to get some of my things out of the way so that people can see the house in its best light. Also, a lot of my things will need to go into storage during the transition, so I want them to be packed carefully so they don’t get damaged.
I want to pre-pack for the month of February. We have been offered the use of an empty semi-truck trailer to put many things into for free. I hope to list the house in March, and I plan to have it looking nice by then. Our house is not super messy, I just hope to make it look nicer so I get a better price for it. The shop is actually a concern. There are a lot of things in there that need to be sorted and moved to storage so it doesn’t look so full. The barn is 90% clean, thanks to friends who came a couple of weeks ago and helped.
It is likely that the house will sell quickly if we price it right. The market is hot right now and the average time of sale is 12 days in our area. Then, if it does sell quickly, we will need to finish packing, put all of the boxes in storage, and move into our camper for a few weeks until the new house can be purchased.
When I think about the amount of work that needs to be done, I feel like crawling into bed and putting the covers over my head. I decided I needed a better, more specific plan than just staring around at all of my possessions and wondering if there were enough cardboard boxes in the world for all of them. So, here’s what I came up with.
Rob got me a huge pile of cardboard boxes from stores. He also bought a big pile of plastic totes with lids. The boxes will be for things that cannot be damaged by moisture or mice and the bins will be for things like delicate dishes that need extra protection, fabric, and any clothing that ends up getting put into storage.
I started going through things like dishes, candles, baking pans that were seldom used, homeschool curriculum from other years and things like that. I was completely overwhelmed until I convinced myself that I didn’t have to do it all at once. I simply took the small amount of time I had available, say 1/2 hour or hour, and tackled one small area or shelf. I then grabbed an item or 2 and made a decision. I packed some for later, threw away a lot, and then divided the rest into “sell” or “donate.” I also left quite a few things on shelves or in cupboards that I anticipate we will use during the interim before the house actually sells. I haven’t gotten very far, yet, but am starting to see progress. I figure that when all of my family and friends come to help me, now I can point to a shelf of books and say “pack all of those” and not have to make any decisions, thus using their help more wisely. I won’t get it all done ahead, so I figure I will have plenty to decide on that day!
I am delighted that I sold a bunch of homeschool curriculum on e-bay already. It will ship out today, and that’s another big box gone. All money we get from selling things will go into a special account for things like paint and curtains for the new house. I anticipate that the new house will be needing a little TLC, since we are going to find one that doesn’t cost very much, since we won’t qualify for a loan. How much TLC needed depends on the price we get for this house.
I started packing empty canning jars as we empty them. I will actually go down to the basement when I get time and pack up several boxes of empty jars. We will continue to eat from the full ones, and I will deal with those when the time comes closer to actually moving.
I am making a large pile of things to put into the camper, i.e. more canned food items, etc. It is in the shop getting some warrenty work done (let’s not even go THERE today–I’m not pleased that it needs it–but glad it’s getting done for free), but when it comes home, I will pack and organize it for an extended “camping trip.” That can be pre-done and will actually give me a place to store a few things. I don’t plan to stop life when I’m living in there, so I want a few projects in there to work on. I anticipate that it will be a short stay–and easier than moving in with friends or relatives while we wait for things to close.
As soon as we get a big pile packed, and some strong friends to help, we will start taking loads over to pack into the semi. We are still eating down the stockpile, but will have lots to move anyway. I plan to put bins of food in the front of the storage semi and then “shop” from those bins each week while staying in the camper. We already have a place to plug in our freezers and will shop weekly from those as well.
It’s a plan. I’m eager to see which parts work and which parts need tweaking! I’ll take any and all ideas you may think of.