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Blog: My New Home -- An Organizer's Adventure in Building, Selling, Moving
Getting Ready to Sell

If you're building a house you're probably also selling a house. In today's market, it's imperative to carefully prepare your house to give a good impression to prospective buyers. My husband and I have been working on this over the last several months.

We started in the basement, where, according to our real estate agent, it would be acceptable to have neatly stacked bins and boxes as well as items stored on shelves along the walls. In my experience, having an organized basement is the key to an organized house. When you have a spare shelf or two in the basement, and places mapped out for the types of things to be stored (permanently or temporarily), everything is easier on the upper floors.

We'd already started a "yard sale pile" on the ping pong table. We'd collected boxes for packing. Anticipating our move, we'd been purging the basement of things since the summer, old computer equipment, books & notebooks, plastic flower pots, canning jars, curtains left by the previous owners. We'd even organized a shelf of bins to house all my husband's wires and connectors.
Now we're packing the personal items that our prospective buyers won't want to see. Emphasizing the little things that create the most visual confusion, we cleared up magazines off the coffee tables, jewelry off the bureau, DVD's, CD's and videos out of the living room, our mail station out of the kitchen, the candlesticks and pitcher off the dining room sideboard, the basket of toys in the guest room, the projects off our desks.
With our "For Sale" date looming, I'm pondering how much more to remove. My kitchen canisters, a plant or two, a few of my watercolors may stay. Our real estate agent says, "Every house sells, eventually." Soon we'll know if we've done enough to make that happen.

posted on: 2/22/2008 1:30:00 PM by Ginny Gassman
category: Moving

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by Ginny Gassman

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Ginny Gassman is the owner of Tidy Cove, LLC, which provides professional organizing services for the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Tidy Cove publishes a free organizing tips newsletter.

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Things that make me happy

  • 15 minutes more sleep
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • flat water
  • pasta
  • sunshine
  • nieces and nephews
  • champagne powder
  • Casablanca
  • The Pats

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