During this past week, we were able to accomplish some major progress towards our move.
First, we met with a realtor. We do not know her personally, but she was highly recommended by a friend. She looked through everything, gave advice, suggested a price and we made a plan. We were quite disappointed with the first price she suggested, it seemed so low. We do agree that it is her job, and not ours, but after a discussion with her just today, she said she had been contemplating and studying the issue and felt we could go up $10,000 without it being a problem.
We have been spending every spare minute cleaning, sorting, packing extra things and donating van loads of things. We have sold a few things on e-bay that had a little more value. Right now, we are so busy that if we can sell 1-$25 dollar item on eBay vs. 50–50 cent items at a garage sale, we are calling it good and donating the rest. We are only taking time to do appointments, necessary meetings, church, the childrens’ activities and piano lessons. We have lined up quite a few people for this week.
Last week we and our helpers picked up all hoses from the garden and outside areas, removed some old shelves and painted part of the basement, cleaned and swept the rest of the basement, packed and sorted things from the house into bins and carried them into the basement, worked on our red car (nephew)–at HIS house, completely organized and stocked the camper, packed up my stoneware to give room for appliances to be in cupboards instead of on the counters, and took several loads of shop tools, etc. over to my brother-in-law’s house for storage.
On Monday, I work. Rob will take the Rav4 in for the service work (re-building the engine at no cost to us–warrenty issue), donate another van load to the charity shop, finish dinner, and take the chickens to the auction for sale on Tuesday.
Tuesday: I will hopefully get a little school done with Ja’Ana in the morning. My mom and aunt are coming in the afternoon for a while to help. At 5 some friends are coming over for dinner. They are part of a very small church that goes one Sunday a month to do a service project. We are their project this month. Although we have never been anyone’s project before, we are touched that they though of us and are gladly accepting the help. On Tuesday, we will hammer out the details of what needs to be done and make sure they are in the loop so progress continues the entire time.
Wednesday: I work, Rob sorts and packs, and he takes Ja’Ana to her evening youth group.
Thursday: Keith, our son-in-law is coming to help Rob. He will also be shown jobs that need to be done so he can boss people around during the weekend.
Saturday: Help lined up for me: My sister Rosalie, dear friend, a child or two, …Help for Rob: 5 men and …. In the afternoon: Oldest daughter, Abbie. My aunt will get Ja’Ana and take her to my other sister’s house to spend the night. She will be happier keeping her church routine and has a meeting Sunday afternoon in Salem (an hour away from here) in regards to her upcoming mission trip.
Sunday: Our friends and their small church (15-20 people), Son-in-law Keith, daughter Abbie, friends (several) and ….. Gail will bring J home in the evening. Each month, this small church chooses a service project to do as a church. This month, we are their project. We have never been anyone’s project before, but are ecstatic and grateful of the help. So, they are coming to help spruce up the place. We invited any other friends and family who wanted to help to come either Saturday or Sunday.
During this blitz we hope to clean up the rest of the rooms in the house getting them picture perfect.
Clean up after painting the upstairs bathroom.
Wash walls and touch up paint on the downstairs main bathroom.
Finish the girls’ rooms, packing up anything extra and making sure all else fits into the drawers and closets.
Finish packing the camper. We will go camping soon and we might as well put some extra out there.
Clean my room to the corners. A lot went out of here on Saturday that was piled up in anticipation of the camper’s return from the repair shop.
Get bark dust spread on the flowerbeds. Weeds removed as much as possible in the mud. Plant primroses. Rob has the bark in a pile, will buy 2 flats of primroses.
Finish emptying the school room. I will leave a few books and other items on the bookcases, but put all sewing items upstairs in the completely cleaned sewing room. I sewed both downstairs and upstairs at times, but will arrange it all into one room upstairs now.
Clean all kitchen counters, sweep, mop, and have someone wipe the microwave and appliances. Lemon oil the cupboards. Clean the cluttered bay window.
Buy an orchid for the mantle. My aunt suggested it would last longer and look elegant for the showings.
Clean all bathrooms, wipe baseboards, fingerprints, sweep, etc., etc., etc. the entire house.
We have more to do, but this is a start. It all has to be finished by next Sunday night.
Next Monday or Tuesday, they will photograph the house and it will be listed on the 17th. We will have a weekend where there is an open house and hopefully many showings. Then, it will be by appointment only.