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Seasonal sprucing, neurotic nesting and diligent down-to-the-wire work to-do list.

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Enough with the alliteration.  Apologies.

Fall is (almost) here in the South.  If I was allowed to touch the bags of bug killer and fertilizer I have on hand, I’d know for sure what is optimal to prep for the winter and next spring- but I get yelled at by friends and neighbors  but, never hurts to see what you might need to do to winterize your lawn and prep it for a great following season.

Also, fall is a great time to trim back trees and shrubs so they look great for spring and to mulch loose leaves.  My father, on their recent visit, spent an industrious afternoon while my mother and I were wandering the newly re-opened/relocated New River Pottery trimming and thinning a wall of hedge (well, calling it a “hedge” is being kind- hot mess of evergreen weeds and poison ivy might be more appropriate) .  I say trim, but think back to any story you have ever heard about a three year old with a pair of scissors and their own hair.  Nightmare bangs.  Well,  I had nightmare masses of thorny briar mess all over the back yard and now no longer have a loverly buffer to the neighbors back yard, which, if you’ve ever hear my crowd-pleasing story involving a small gas leak and my blowdryer (seriously, it’s good over coffee or a soon-to-be-enjoyed-again-glass-of-wine). . .and an audience. . .you understand what a loss.

So, in an effort to get the baby show on the road, spent the last few days cleaning the house and scrubbing the floors and today, hauling a mountain of trimmings to the curb- AND tracked it through the house so I’ll be doing all the floors, again.  Not the same as Spinal Tap, but my nesting goes to eleven.

Of course it’s also raining work now, loan pre-approvals and random buyers who didn’t respond to email or voicemail for months calling/emailing back and in the next two weeks, four listings hitting the market.  As predicted, looks like no maternity leave for me, but then, I can’t handle missed phone calls or texts.  Maybe three am feedings will become my new favorite lead generation/email triage time?

Nesting, purging and house prepping!

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Yet another bag of grass seed on the lawn, sprinkler running after dark for a cool soak and I’ve been diligently purging my book shelves.  Making room and making way!  Getting things ship shape for a ship off!

I had folks ask what to do to prep their home for sale- and, frankly, with thirty days notice, it’s zero fun.  If you’re thinking of selling a few months down the line (or, next year), it’s nice to get ahead of the power curve and start to trim the fat around the homestead as well as chipping away at the monumental to-do list.

A great place to start is closets, book cases, attic storage and your garage.  The more you can part with and send off to the Goodwill or Salvation Army (or family and friends) the more room you have to work and you certainly don’t want prospective buyers or renters seeing that you’re maxed out in your own home.  Even if it’s an illusion, the more spacious and organized you can make your home, the more pleasant it will look to future occupants.

Next is make a master list of repair projects and things that may have had neglected maintenance.  Is your fence, siding, roof in need of repair?  Could your flower beds use some attention?  I happen to have two roofing contractors showing up within the next few days.  Somehow, renovating/prepping a home is like the children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  If you paint your fence, you’ll realize the grass looks to be in rough shape, you weed and fertilize the grass and reseed and notice it accentuates your new siding but then makes the roof look terrible. . .it snowballs.

The more time you have to prepare, the less rushed you will be and the better you can keep you eyes peeled for great deals or sales for your projects.  I needed, for instance, six new globes for the white ceiling fans on my porch.  I had my master to-do/shopping list in my purse when I stumbled upon a pile of clearance goodies at Wal Mart (granted, NOT my favorite store).  I picked up some completely fine (read:not my fave but certainly got the job done) glass globes for maybe a fifth of what the local hardware store was charging.  Will they light you on fire, nah, but no one will look at them and wonder what I was thinking when I picked them up either.

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!  Same goes for your home.  So, short and sweet- the sooner you can start the better, shop smart and try to view your home the way a customer would.  Clean, organized and in great repair will never steer you wrong! 🙂

Springtime is for nesting!

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I’ve been up to much cleaning, painting, yard work, closet purging and MORE.  It’s time to make newly empty spaces look nice and inviting!  What are you up to this Spring to make your home even more welcoming?

Also, stay posted, a NICE large box of goodies is due soon (I’m a nerd for transit tracking!) with freebies I mentioned I’ll be giving away this season!  Woohoo for free stuff!!!!