Our house has been on the market for just over a week. I must say, selling a house? Stinks. I am constantly on pins and needles hoping that I get calls for showings, and I am obsessed with keeping the house clean. The beds are always made, dishes washed, counters scrubbed AND there are fresh flowers in the bathrooms, for crying out loud. I know a week is not very long, but can someone just go ahead and buy it please??
I’m sure a lot of sellers with kids wonder what the heck to do with all the toys. For us, I moved the boys’ large toy basket out of the living room and up into the playroom while we are in selling mode. It’s important for buyers to see the home’s features, as opposed to being distracted by endless toy clutter. I brought down a small basket from the shelving unit in the playroom so that if we have a showing, I can quickly tidy up the toys and stick it back in its place. I also carry the Jumperoo into the playroom for showings, as well. Our end table has shelving built in, which is where we keep a stash of their books. Knox generally prefers to play with his Magnadoodle, toy laptop or read a book, so he’s very content with this set-up. Brody is also a book-lover in the making and just likes to be where Knox is playing. Honestly, I think the boys like having less toys in the living room. We used to keep their massive toy basket in the corner, and now that the huge thing isn’t there, the boys have turned that corner into their “fort.”
They play together a lot now, especially since Brody has mastered the army man crawl and follows Knox everywhere he goes. I feel badly for Brody, though, because it takes him so long to get somewhere, and by the time he crawls to Knox, big brother is on the move again, leaving Brody in his dust. Oh well, he will catch up soon!
We did pack up a LOT of toys and put them in a storage unit. We rented a small 5×10 unit down the street for our “clutter” to make the house seem larger and more open. We moved some superfluous furniture pieces in there, and probably ten or so boxes of random stuff. We packed away toys that don’t get played with everyday like those random stuffed animals that seem to multiply and puzzles that Knox hates (which are all puzzles, by the way). Then, we left the favorites in the playroom and tried to make their rooms more about the necessities (aka sleeping and getting dressed). This is what their rooms look like “for show.”
Knox’s room only has a few of his necessary stuffed animals on the bed for sleeping with, a basket of books on his nightstand and a small zippered pouch of his favorite little animal figures. The rest of the toys are organized in a basket in his closet.
Brody’s room just has a small basket of toys on the floor that can easily be stuck in the closet for a showing, as well as books in his book slings on the opposite wall. We also open the blinds on their windows to let in lots of light and make sure to keep the diaper pails changed frequently!! Poop smell does not sell houses. Just so you know! I didn’t want to totally “de-kid” their rooms because we don’t know how long it will take to sell our house, and the kids do actually live here! So, I tried to make it clean and welcoming without being too stark for the boys. I’ll share some more selling tips soon, hopefully they work for some of you guys too!