This week is finals week -- I collect a pile of papers and portfolios on Tuesday evening, hopefully grade them and hand in grades in Wednesday. I also have my citizenship interview Tuesday morning. But that should still give me most of the week and all of next week to work on de-cluttering, which we need to seriously do. Our goal is to actually have the photos taken and get the place listed by mid-May. (My summer teaching starts May 18.) I think it's do-able, but it's going to take some radical work.
To try to save the money we'd otherwise think about spending on a home stager, I'm going to see what I can do on my own. After all, I've spent endless Sunday mornings watching house selling shows on HGTV. (One's going right now. :-) I think I understand the principles, and we're willing to do the work (with Simone's help). But I know it can be hard for the person living in the space to see how cluttered it actually is. So I think I'm going to enlist your help. Here's my plan:
I'm going to de-clutter room by room. I started on the living room this morning. (Stalled out almost immediately because I only had two boxes, but that can be fixed. :-) When I think a room is finished (or possibly finished except for moving out excess furniture, because I may need to do that all in one fell swoop), I'll take photos of that room and post them here, and ask you for any suggestions you have for other things that could go. Hmm...maybe I should take 'before' photos too, but this morning I've already filled two boxes of Kavi toys (that she's mostly outgrown, so into storage for new baby), so it won't be entirely accurate. But still, could be useful. Or funny, at least.
Sound good? Any ideas on home staging/repair/etc. are welcome. And if you know a good handyman / storage place / moving company in the Chicago area, please do send your suggestions along. :-)
And to start things out, here's a question -- one realtor suggested removing all family photos to depersonalize the space. That seems kind of dramatic to me, but I guess I'm willing to do it if it's actually helpful. Thoughts?