Habits of an Effective House Seller

When we had an open house at our condo recently, we had to clear out of the place for an entire Sunday. We packed Baxter up in the car and decided to go to some open houses ourselves. As we wandered around one house after another, we started to realize that our place was looking damn good.

Of course, we have the benefit of just having to clean up after a dog and two adults in our place. Some of the homes we visited clearly had children in them. Putting our place on the market required a lot of organizing and deep cleaning. Putting a home with children in it on the market must take another level of organization and cleaning.

When we leave in the morning, we put Baxter's things away and run the vacuum since golden retrievers are very talented when it comes to shedding. We then do a quick clean up in the bathroom so the only thing out is a soap dispenser.

BTW, do you love foaming hand soap? It's easy to make your own with dish detergent and water!

We also throw all of our laundry right into the washing machine. I thought I'd regret getting rid of our laundry basket, but I actually like this. When the machine is really full, we sort what's in there, grab our towels from the bathroom, and usually have one or two loads.

Remember when I said that home selling was hell? I really meant that preparing to put your house on the market is hell. Once you have a look established and a routine for your mornings to achieve that look, home selling is kind of nice. I love coming home to our clean, organized home.

This experience has always shown us that we can live without a lot of the things we sent to Marc's storage space. I think we'll be pretty picky about how much "stuff" we bring into our next home.


  1. Eileen (Lobster Meets Peach)August 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I know that we will have to put our house on the market some day and just the idea of keeping it clean with three kids freaks me out!

    Your house looks lovely!!!

  2. Liz @ Life in Green BlogAugust 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    We're just at the beginning stages of this process... We close on our new house on April 18th, and we're planning on renting our current house for a couple years. I'm loving the decluttering process - it's so liberating to get rid of stuff you rarely use, and it'll help us transition into living in 950 square feet :)

  3. Your house is beautiful!

    Did you give up on your Mink recaps?

  4. Your home s really beautiful. It inspires me.

  5. Raina @ If the Lamp Shade FitsAugust 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I think staging or training stagers is your next career. You're incredible at it!


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