Thursday, October 10, 2019

Who Actually Lives Like This?!



So Today my BFF and I decided to tackle the deep cleaning and Staging of the Kitchen and Bathrooms.  Lucky for me, my Friend actually enjoys cleaning and Staging!  Yeah, I know... she's Weird like that, because... enjoying cleaning...  NOT this Old Hippie!  *Smiles*  Thankfully she wanted the challenge of the Kitchen, while I worked on Two of the Four Bathrooms.   My Kitchen and those Two Bathrooms have never been cleaner and less cluttered!   And we're joking, "Who actually Lives like this?!?"   Well, nobody in Real Life she says, at least nobody we know... it's all an Illusion to Sell Real Estate and set a Generic Mood that it's not your house anymore, it's their next Home!  *LOL*




She is more Observant than I, with a Critical Eye for what a potential Buyer might be drawn to beyond just the Architectural Magnificence of the Home.  You have a lot of Red and Jadeite Green objects in your Kitchen she says... I hadn't even noticed... especially the Red... who knew... it wasn't intentional!  Sure enough, I have a Red Retro Toaster, Red Knobs on the Cereal Canisters, a Red Cast Iron Japanese Teapot, a Red Skillet and Red Atomic Chairs that are my 1950's Retro Dining Set!   Almost all of my Diner Ware is Fire King Jadeite and I have Old European Enamelware Jadeite colored Bread Bins and several Living Green Air Plants and Ivy, plus the Red and Green Halloween Target Scary Succulent Line!  Huh, an unconscious Theme I hadn't realized!




She would have done away with all of my Halloween Decor, but I held firm about keeping just a few pieces out... you know, for the Season... and because... well... it is still our house for now!   Yes, I know, I wanna Sell it and fast... so I shouldn't even Care, but the Idea of our Home looking like a Model Home for even a few Weeks kinda Creeps me out!   I do like the Minimalism in the Kitchen, it's very Calming and Zen, so I might keep that Theme going after the Move if I can manage to?   And... perhaps I could even keep it this spotlessly clean if I had very few objects in a Kitchen except the bare necessities, so that's a Thought anyway.




But, we do still Live here and it's not just me, I've got a Brain Damaged Old Man and a Teenager in the house... and we must eat... and cook... and use the Appliances to SOME degree during the Listing. *Le Sigh*  So it will take a lot MORE Work and vigilance to Keep it this clean, tidy and spartan for Weeks.   She and I worked our Asses off from this Morning 'til about 7:30 p.m. cleaning and packing and Staging, so we don't wanna do it over and over again lemme tell ya!   I swore Death upon The Man and Princess T if they undo all, of any of, that which my Friend and I have accomplished and knocked ourselves out to ready this place for Showings thus far!  No, I'm SERIOUS and they know it!  Every fucking Fingerprint and smudge is off those Stainless Appliances now and they're Gleaming!  *LOL*  "Mebbe you Need to move them out of here," my Friend says, "And House them in a Motel 'til you all Move?!"  *Bwahahaha!*




Because it wasn't just that we did all of this cleaning and packing and Staging of Kitchens and Bathrooms... I also had an earlier Appointment at the VA with The Man to get his Labs done.   Then during our efforts here, my other Friend came to pick up the Dozen Antique Chairs, French Crystal Chandie, Adult Tricycle, Beadboard Antique Farmhouse Cabinet, Two Barrister Cabinets, Four Persian Rugs, Antique Buffet, Antique Headboard Cabinet and a Partridge In A Pear Tree that his Wife had bought from me... their 2nd Load and set of Purchases actually!  *LOL*  He'd brought his Adult Son and Grandson with him and they efficiently loaded it up before Dark and got it all out of here.  I Feel much Lighter Emotionally having Sold Off so many Large items and only having One Farmhouse Cabinet now left to Sell Off of the Large stuff I'm Letting Go of! *Whew!*




I'm finding that I am definitely Feeling less Panic stricken as we get further along in Staging the house and packing up our possessions to clear out of here!  My Body, however, is really rebelling against how hard and far I'm pushing it beyond levels of it's usual Endurance!   I'm a very Active person for a Senior, I have to be with the Caregiving of The Man and Raising of Grandkid Gigs... but I don't usually go so hard for so long at this breakneck pace of cleaning, packing, purging and Staging of our Home from Sunup to Sundown every single Day!   I'm actually surprised that I'm able to not Emotionally get stuck, in a way it's been better that the sense of Urgency is so crucial, so I don't have to Think much and just work like a machine to get this shit done!




The Physical part is very challenging at my Age, but the Emotional part would be so much more challenging if I stopped for even a Moment to dwell upon how Impossible a task I've set up for myself with this Buying and Selling simultaneously and on a short Deadline!   Not to mention Dealing with Man Drama as The Man has been having his Exaggerated Meltdowns a few times Daily due to the disruption in his Routine and to be Noticed.  *Oy Vey!*  Which for those Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury, can equate to what a Toddler Tantrum and Meltdown when they're overly Tired looks like, only in Grown-Up form!   The Dramatics are Oscar worthy at times and since my Friend had recently Lived with us for 6 Months and has known us Forever, she Rolls with it and we exchange Knowing glances, which then makes me Smile rather than Losing my Shit!  *LMAO*




Nobody is using the Two now spotlessly Clean Guest Bathrooms... and we weren't cooking in that now spotlessly Clean Kitchen either *Winks*, so I went to "Cracker Barrel" and bought nice Take-Out.  Which The Man and Princess T then refused to eat and just barely touched any of coz they are Emotional Wrecks right now... whatever... I don't even Care if any of them eats at all at this point... Seriously!   Neither of them can Mood Regulate worth a shit due to their Special Needs Status... and along with the Cat, Miss Priss, all of this disruption has caused Emotional duress for them all I Think... No... I KNOW!   Princess T, giving her Credit where it's due, has been working her skinny little Ass off in her Apartment Suite and it's looking really good, so I won't have anything to do in there!  *Whew!*  I think in part why she's an Emotional Wreck is that Parent-Teacher Conferences are Tomorrow Afternoon and she doesn't wanna go... well, I don't either... but... still... I gotta take one for the Team... it's never Good News with her Educational Process and IEP Status!




And like I can really concentrate on a Parent-Teacher Conference with 4-5 Eighth Grade Teachers right now, and have that thrown in with everything else, Right?!?  *Bwahahahahaha!*   The Silver Lining being, I'll be withdrawing her if we can get this place Sold and start afresh in a brand new School District, which Hopefully Serves those requiring Special Ed sufficiently and better than here?!   She is still kinda leaning towards wanting to be Home Schooled... which I don't think I could do even on my Best Day!  But I know in part it's her Social Anxieties making that seem preferable to her and not really the profound Academic Challenges she also faces as a Special Ed Student whose mostly being Mainstreamed due to being deemed High Functional.   They mete out Services and qualifying factors sparingly to the Higher Functional Special Needs Student, which sucks, because then they just Fail dismally and miserably in Mainstream environments.  




Tomorrow is Opening Day at an Event in the East Valley that my Friend encouraged me to attend with her.  I have Friends in the Industry who are Designers there and for one Friend it'll be her first Show at that Venue so I really did wanna go.  A part of me wants to stay here and Martyr myself by slogging away at this... since Tick-Tock and the 11th Deadline is looming ever larger on the not-so-distant Horizon!   The Man said to just Go... or I'll risk Burn Out and Collapse... and he could be Right, my Friend concurred.  So she convinced me that if we're not too sore in the Morning from all the Work we did Today... and the Day before that... and the Days before that... we'll go and just stay a little while, then come back and slog away at it some more... until the 4:30 dreaded Parent-Teacher Conference.   Yeah, I think an Early Positive and Fun Event would balance out all the Neg and not so Fun Stuff, huh?  *LOL*




Hey, I ain't no Joanna Gaines here, so this Staging and prepping a house to Sell shit ain't my Jam and clearly I'm totally out of my Element!   And I'm starting to Think, you know, it's a Shame all those Goddam Liquor Boxes aren't Full of Liquor, that we're using to pack up all this shit into, that would take the Edge off!  *Bwahahahaha!*  I still clearly have an inordinate amount of stuff/possessions/hoard of shit that I won't get packed up and Spirited away out of sight by the 11th my Friends... and so I just have to keep at it and have Showings despite not being where I Need to be in The Process of Staging our Home for Sale.  I know this, I'm just trying really hard to get to a place where at least it looks fairly presentable and the House Sells itself by it's very Design and whatever stuff isn't packed and taken away won't be too much of a distraction or deterrent?  I'll know when the first to View it leave Feedback I suppose?  And Critiques can be so harsh and difficult not to Personalize, can't they?



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Blessings, Love, Light and Stress from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian




10 comments:

  1. I can't imagine how stressful this all is. Well, I can and it scares me to death because I don't have a friend to help me stage and clean when my time comes. You're doing good, though, and it will pay off.

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    1. My Agent delayed the Listing going Live til the 15th which buys me a few more Days and The Son is staying with us 3 Days while he's off Work to assist and he is like the Tazmanian Devil when it comes to getting things done, he's hyper and it pays off when you need something done like this! *LOL* My Friend is a Godsend and she loves cleaning, packing and Staging so is in her Element doing this... having both of them now helps buoy my Spirits and I don't feel so alone in this gargantuan task coz we're now knocking it out 3x as quickly!

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  2. I live in a very decluttered house. Well most of it. My studio is full of crap. :D We don't celebrate halloween as it's against our faith, so I assume that could that put off some potential buyers, although surely most people can see past that if it bothered them.

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    1. Yeah, the Holidays being here makes me conflicted because we enjoy them so much and I didn't anticipate moving during them and don't want to forego them just because we're moving.

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  3. Moving under any circumstances is stressful for most people - your family has more stress points than most and keeping that sense of humor really helps - a lot! Plus - yes, rest whenever you can. As for who lives like that? Well, I do but with less clutter LOL Yeah to me your kitchen counters still look like they need a major clean off LOL I don't get staging - whenever I've been looking at new living spaces (I've moved 14 or so times in the last 30 years) I've always preferred to view completely empty spaces - Yes, I know - I'm an oddball.

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    1. There is something to be said about a completely blank canvas when buying a Home, we Sold our last Property empty, but since we have to live in this one until Sold and able to move into the new house, we have to keep minimum stuff we need. We bought Villa Boheme', this one, empty, but it was only the Vacay Home of the previous Owner and Neighbors said she hadn't lived in it, even for vacations, for over a Year. I always wondered what her Main House must have looked like if her Vacay Home was a 4350 square foot Luxury Home?! *LOL*

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  4. The kitchen looks amazing! I love those empty frames in the bathroom. Hope everything goes well, the house sells quickly and easily and you can be on your way. Perhaps you will permanently declutter, who knows? Take care of yourself as well during this time. You have a lot on your shoulders.

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    1. I'm contemplating permanently decluttering even tho' that is not my Normal state of Being! *Smiles* A Smaller, Simpler and Slower Life not being so bad...

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  5. Good luck with staging and cleaning and selling. Just went through this at my Dad's house. The realtor walked though and told me what to get rid of and it was a HUGE amount. Staging means no nicknacks about, no pictures, no personal items. Nothing on counter tops in bathrooms or kitchens. We literally filled an entire dumpster to over flowing to purge. Then we cleaned, then we hired professionals to clean again (so hardwood floors would like better etc). But, Dad was living in an assisted living center at the time, so no one was there to mess things up daily. The closer to being empty a house is, the sooner it seems to sell is what we were told. So, they see the house and not "stuff". We got a contract from the first person to see the house........though she reneged. So about a week later we got a 2nd contract and that worked. The stress can be over whelming, so glad your friend suggested you do something fun. Good luck with the school stuff as well.
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    I also think it's therapeutic for you to blog about it....you must keep your sanity.

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    1. Yes, we've been told as close to empty as possible is best tho' with all we own that is an impossible task in this exaggerated short time frame we have to get it done. I would hire professionals if we could afford to, but the rest of the expenses of all of this has made it impossible too... so we will see what happens and whatever happens is going to just have to be Okay.

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