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Selling my home…

When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
Thornton Wilder – 1897-1975

In 2008, I bought a fixer upper and have been fixing it up ever since. Wanting to know what needs to be done to make the house sell for the best price, I contacted a local real estate agent who sends monthly postcards listing houses sold and their prices.

He said that I should complete the renovation because people want a house to be turnkey ready for them. Then I read an article about selling a fixer upper and it advised pricing the house right for a buyer who wants to put the finishing touches on the house, including doing the kitchen renovation to suit the buyer’s tastes.

I have a friend who sells real estate two hours from here and she concurs with the other realtor’s recommendations. She thinks wood flooring, granite countertops, and white cabinets and gray base cabinets are the way to go. That is what I’ll do.

The work on the house has chiefly included raising the floor of a room so it’s level with the first floor and not 4 feet below the first floor, insulation, new windows, siding, and wiring. There is still a lot to do to the house to make it a renovated house and not a somewhat fixer upper. The kitchen and a bathroom upstairs still have to be renovated top to bottom. Windows and siding on the back of the house have to be installed. The whole inside of the house has to be painted, and most of the floors on the first floor have to be refinished or replaced.

Yikes! There’s a lot of work to do in the next year or so.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Attributed by some to Mark Twain – 1835-1910

simplify, simplify…

One of the features of my Tucson dream was that my house had no clutter.

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau – 1817-1862

In my Tucson dream house, there were only items that I needed or loved for their beauty, as prescribed by William Morris.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
William Morris – 1834 – 1896

So, it was time to sort through things and get rid of stuff I didn’t need before moving to Tucson. On amazon, I found a wonderful little book on tidying – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. She recommends “weeding” (my word) only one type of item at a time, starting with clothes.

After going through my clothes and deselecting piles of clothes I didn’t like or they didn’t fit, I started on linens. The result was six black contractor-type plastic bags of clothing and linens donated to the Salvation Army. It’s a start.

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
Oscar Wilde – 1884-1898