Saturday, August 27, 2016

House sale update

No, we haven't sold yet, but we had another open house today (Saturday). Thursday we had a brokers' open house. People leave us critique sheets during these open houses sometimes. Hmm. Box the books?! (It's a good thing I've been culling them for months! And there's lots of open space--and sculptures, including Tang horses. I mean, I thought it looked like a magazine picture.) Put some furniture in storage? (Hmm. How about if we call a dealer and put the old but still good chair out by the curb and replace it with a smaller chair, and then we'll put the bench at the end of a bed in the garage and take some artwork off the wall and pack it; that will save us time later. OK, I have to admit the house does look bigger. [It's a big house, btw.] )

So, the dealer only wanted the pieces we plan to keep. We were going to have a garage sale some months ago, but that didn't work out. Frankly, I'd just as soon sell it all at a moving sale. I am considering one of those online websites... Oh, the chair at the curbside went pretty quickly. (I still miss it.) There is some interest, the realtor told us, and we have a house showing Monday.  We'll clean and stage again and pack up the critters, but at least we won't have to spend hours at our friend's house. (She has to lock her critters up when we come...)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Little Free Library (link)

Here's a fun selection of The Little Free Library boxes from; they suggest using one to dress up your front yard. 'Course it has to be close to the curb: Front Yard Libraries with Curb Appeal.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More open houses

We have two open houses upcoming--one for brokers with refreshments and one for the general public--and as we plan for them (cleaning and staging), we got a last minute email from our realtor telling us that someone wanted to see our house the next morning. So, we cleaned and staged (putting things away and getting new things out) that night and the next morning. We packed up the critters and lurked nearby. (I try to keep a look out out front so I can see when people come and go. Usually the realtor and lookers come in separate vehicles, but not always.) Anyway, they stayed for an hour, and they may make an offer. It's all part of the process.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Small kitchen ideas (link)

Here are some small kitchen suggestions from Some are cluttered; some are awfully white--or dark--or blue: Small Kitchen Design Ideas 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Closet makeovers (link)

Here are ideas from for transforming your closet if you need the space for something else: 18 Clever Revamps for Small, Unused Closets