Friday, July 30, 2010

A Surprise Showing . . . and a Secret!

After receiving yet another disappointment yesterday, I could not motivate myself to spend the day cleaning and organizing around here.  I just wanted to forget about both ends of the moving saga for a little while.  So, I went swimming in our pool instead!  :)  Some of the children's friends came over to swim, too.  It was a beautiful, but HOT day, and it was fairly cool in the pool! 

Alan had a meeting that evening, so I made Crockpot Sloppy Joes and Creamy Cucumber Dip with Baked Pita Chips and Raw Veggies for supper and we planned to watch a favorite old movie, "Move Over, Darling" with Doris Day and James Garner. 

Our plans for a quiet evening were shattered with one simple phone call -- a realtor was in our neighborhood with a family that saw our house and wanted to see it within the hour!!!!  Yikes!!

We flew around like crazy, and with everyone working together as a team, we performed a miracle!  We had our house looking Great and even had time to turn on all the lights and light some candles before the folks arrived.  We were leaving just as they were arriving, so it was perfect timing!

We saw this as we were leaving the neighborhood, and sure hope it is a good sign!!!




While our house was shown, I drove the children over to the nearest Chick-Fil-a and ordered a gallon of sweet tea and cups all around!  We were all hot and thirsty after our 45 minute cardio workout and that sweet tea sure hit the spot!!  I thanked everyone for working so hard together to make it happen and couldn't resisit the opportunity to "analogize!"  I told the children that when they work together like a well-oiled team, it is such a sweet sight and gives me such a good feeling inside that it is just like the enjoyment we all get from a nice cold cup of good sweet tea!!!   LOL!!


Psalm 133:1-3 -- "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."


Now, I'll let you in on my dirty little secret!!!!


This is a picture of the trunk of Joshua's car -- filled with all of our dirty laundry!!!!    :)




And here is all of our clean laundry -- in the back of the van!   :)  While not ideal, this strategy enabled me to leave the house knowing that the laundry room was looking GOOD!   :) 




If you've ever sold a house, while also living life and homeschooling a house full of children, I'd love to hear your secrets for keeping your sanity while also keeping your house ready to show at a moment's notice!  Please leave me a comment sharing your best kept Secrets!!

13 comments:

Mostly Diane said...

We sold a house with 6 little kids ages 1-11 while I was pregnant-- not home schooling, but only 3 kids in school. We would not show the house on Sundays, so we had a day of rest and mess. Otherwise, I basically packed up all of the toys, folded and put away the laundry as it came out, and spent almost all of our time somewhere else. Applebees with 99 cent kid meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays was quite a blessing. I also vacuumed 2 to 3 times a day. The house was never messy. That's not the case anymore, I am not even sure how I did it.

Mostly Diane said...

Oh, I cleaned the bathrooms every night before bed too.

Kristi Lea said...

How creative! I really feel for you! I can't imagine having to have this house ready for show at a moments notice. I know friends though, who had to do it, and they homeschooled. They said one of the most important things they did, was pack up a lot of the kid's toys. They knew they would have to be packed up to move anyway, and it made for a lot less to get strung around everyday. They also started packing up clothes. There was less to get dirty and have all over the house, and with less to wear, it encouraged them to wash them more frequently.

Karen said...

I love it! I would have done the same thing! Selling a house with a housefull is NO fun! I feel your pain!

Blessings,
Karen

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

I can't say I have any tips, except to keep on top of your "hot spots" and box up everything you possibly can that won't be used on a daily basis. (And maybe have one of your children who is particularly detail-oriented make a general list of what's in each box just in case anyone actually needs something that was boxed up.) But I had to tell you how much I laughed when I saw the pics of your dirty little secret! :) It reminded me of the time a friend's house was being shown with very little notice, and her mom was the only one there at the house...so she stuffed all the dirty laundry she could into the washer and then into the dryer, too. I think using the car trunk/back of the van was a much better option!!

Dana @ A Little This~A Little That said...

Just found your blog! I'm a mom of 10, 4 girls & 6 boys also. Thankfully, we have never had to live in any of our houses while we had them on the market, but my husband is in real estate & loves seeing the creative ways people keep their homes ready to show. I am loving the laundry in the cars!

Jennifer Ward said...

As a child, we moved every 18months-2yrs and my mom had a system down pat! While the house was for sale,our house was always immculate. (Forced slave labor:my brother and me!!)But, the thing that is most memorable for me is that my mom would bake cookies to leave possible buyers to enjoy. She would say that she always thought baking truly makes a house feel like home and if they bought our house she would LOVE them too! But, she had a cheat for that, too! If she dodn't have time to bake before a showing, she would place a drop of vanilla on a warm stove burner. I heard a lot of lookers say how yummy the house smelled!

tlmalcolm said...

Very creative move on your part to load up the laundry in the car!! Maybe while you are showing the house you can just use the trunks of the cars as clothes hampers!!

Noel said...

I love Move Over Darling, one of my favorites! I don't know how you do it all! Best wishes on moving. Hope you keep your blog going - you're an inspiration to me :)

Rebecca's Refining said...

You are too funny! :)
I loved the post! I hope your house sells quickly as I know you don't need the added stress in your life! Love you

Mandi said...

I'm laughing but can definitely identify. We were trying to sell a house last year when I was 6 months pregnant with a 1 and 2 year old!
It was quite a trying time but we made it through and I actually did the dirty laundry thing several timeS!!!
Hope your house sells soon!

mommyx12 said...

I have no secrets in selling with a houseful of children. But I do have experience with an eager agent. Our last house when we only had 9 kids she pulled a fast one. Vance and I were an hour away shopping, running errands, that kind of thing. All 9 kids were home alone ages 15-1 year old twins. Our realtor called our home and said she had to show it in less than an hour. No cell phones then so we had no way to know these things. Can you believe that. We were desperate though to sell and our older children knew that so they did what they could with the time they had. They were fabulous. Did a great job and we were well pleased with them. But we were not well pleased with the realtor. She knew when she called the children were alone and couldn't possibly, shouldn't prepare the home to show. But she came anyway.

I'm with you. When children are home all day as in homeschooling families it is not an easy job keeping things 100% all the time. Good luck.

Tricia

Mory said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and was catching up on all the house stuff. I have never had to sell a house with kids living in it, yet, but know the day is coming. I have always told other friends that it would be well worth the investment to rent a nearby storage unit. I know it is a monthly expense, but would be well worth it to me to pay $30 a month and know that I only have one small box of books and one small box of toys and one week of clothes to manage and clean up on an hours notice.....
They also make all kinds of candles that smell like baked apple pie, choc chip cookies, etc....

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