Friday, January 14, 2011

To market, to market …


Now that I have packed away all the inviting things, the warm things, the personal things, our house is finally on the market. Today.

Let me tell you, it was not easy.

While I understand the need to make the house look pretty for potential buyers and even impersonal so they can picture their own things in the house, it was still hard to go from Dawn’s house to this regular ole house that is for sale.

It was quickly apparent that some of the décor (read: cows) were going to have to go. So with a heavy heart, I took down all the cows. I retired some that needed retiring and packed the others away for the trip to the new house. Not to worry, I did not retire the ugly cow.

After that, I cleared off the kitchen counters except for the most important of items- coffee maker, cooking utensils and dog treats. Although, I did remove the treats from the big, plastic, paw print covered canisters and put them in pretty red ceramic canisters.

I cleaned out some of the cupboards in the kitchen, of which there are a lot. Know what I noticed? We have more wine glasses than Napa Valley. So I packed up 3762643 wine glasses and left a respectable 8 in the cupboard. No need to have potential buyers think we’re a couple of winos. We are, but they don’t need to know that.

Since I was on a roll, I cleaned out from under the sinks in the bathroom. I’m hoping no one looks under there, but if they do, they will no longer see my collection of wrinkle creams that simply do not make me look 25 years old, extra boxes of my natural hair color, and various bottles of lotions that don’t firm, don’t tighten and don’t wipe away cellulite. And a couple that will turn you a nice shade of Hook ‘em Horns Burnt Orange.

I had CGMan clean out from under his sink before he left. It’s a good thing I double checked that. Do you know I found another bag of bath puffies? He must have had some hidden in the move from Abu Dhabi. He stores up cans of deodorant and body spray. After finding 3 cans of Tinactin, I’m wondering if the man shouldn’t see a doctor or something. I mean really? How itchy are his feet? I honestly had a dream the other night that we were on that hoarder show because of him.

I cleaned and dusted and washed and straightened. And now I am done. The house is still beautiful, but it is no longer my house. My house is packed away in boxes in the garage, waiting to come out and help me with our new house.

After one day of self pity and woe is me, I realized life is not about a house. It’s about being together, no matter where. There will be other houses. Now that I’ve come to that realization, I’m ready to move on.

So. There you go.

Anyone want to buy a slightly used, cowless house?


  1. I was so in love with my " Little Yellow House" in d.c. that I thought I'd never love a house again. But along came Old Vicky and I rarely even give the Little Yellow House a thought anymore. They are kind of like boyfriends. I can't wait to see how you are going to bring cows to your new D.C. House!

  2. I was SO not the typical buyer when looking at houses. I hated the sterile ones we looked at. I can't imagine my stuff in a house. I was way more interested in what OTHER people did with the place. It was fun for my realtor when we sold our house and I refused to go along with a lot of their staging "suggestions".

    Maybe if you just think of your cows as "hibernating", it'll make the transition easier.

  3. Oh Dawn, I'm sorry you have to leave. You always seem to find a new adventure with every move you make. I have a feeling your new house will be a home in no time.

    If it's any consolation, I've lived in this house for over three years. It is still not my home.

    I know the minute you get to D.C. you will transform your living space to a warm, inviting, loving environment for your family.

  4. Very proud of you and I wish you a quick sale!! Big adventures are in store for you and via blog, us too!!

  5. Your house looks great, despite the lack of cows...or maybe because of it.Just saying!

  6. Aww, that is so hard packing up all your treasures! I remember waking up in this house 10 years ago thinking "what have we done"? But I can't imagine myself anywhere else and you will grow to love your new space, which, PS is close to New England.

  7. That's a lot of work you have been doing! And yes, it is very emotional too, packing up your life. Whenever something irritates me about my house, I consider having it be all sterile-looking for potential buyers to traipse through, and that solves my problem!

    I wish you great luck in your new adventure. Don't forget about the famous cherry blossoms over in D.C.!

  8. You are so wonderful at creating a home. Not everyone has the knack to do that and I, for one, am a mite envious.

    Just think about the fun you'll have warming up your new house when that day comes. It'll probably be a little stressful since you'll be so busy creating drama as the new housewife of DC.

    Also, too? My wine glass collection is beyond ridiculous. They're overtaking my house like termites.

  9. I'm sure it's tough having to leave your house and put all your cows away, but I think they'll like D.C.

  10. So many emotions when you leave a house behind, but a home is where you make it. You have experience with both and you have always made each home a little better than the last one and I would expect you'll do the same this time. Besides, you always move to such fun places to visit! Good luck on a quick and smooth transition.

  11. In a time of unemployment and foreclosure you have a house to sell, that's good.

  12. Good luck. Hope you don't have to prepare for too many showings before the deed is done.

  13. Moving is a pain. I avoid it as much as possible.


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