it's been exactly a month since my last posting. so sorry for the delay. between then and now, we found out that we're moving to the windy city! while that sounds extremely exciting, do you have any idea what goes into getting your home ready to show buyers? i found out this past week.
our first order of business was to steam clean the carpets. that was an undertaking and a half. i really should have documented it because at one point most of our furniture was crowed into our kitchen or our entry way. i had to perform complex acrobatic movements just to get from the cabinet that holds our glasses to the fridge that holds the juice when i wanted something to drink.
next was organizing and boxing. luckily we're both fairly neat people and so i actually enjoyed this step. we boxed up lots of closet goodies and ended up with about 20 boxes total. these went to very kind neighbors who were willing to lend us some garage space to store things in until we moved.
then came the true "staging" of a the place. so when it comes to selling, it's all about first appearances. we set the table (as you can see), added fresh flowers, put linens in nice lined baskets (cost plus world market... baskets galore), uncluttered our mud room and on and on. the place has seriously never looked so good. it's a bit sad that i'm only going to get to enjoy it this way for a few more months.