Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Since earlier this fall, Dan and I have been getting our house ready to sell.  When we bought this house in the summer of 1999, we were relative newlyweds and had no children.  The location was great... less than 5 minutes to my school and walking distance to the Metra station for Dan.  With three bedrooms, two full baths and a decent kitchen, it had everything we wanted.

Now with a teenager, an almost teenager and WAY MORE STUFF, we're on top of each other in our little ranch.  I'm yearning for a slightly larger home... not too much larger, because more space is an invitation for us to have MORE STUFF.  I want bedrooms on the second floor, away from the main living area.  I want a neighborhood where people interact and talk to each other. But I don't want to move my girls away from their schools.

To get our house ready, we needed to redo the drywall in the basement and paint it, carpet the basement, update the two bathrooms, paint the upstairs, and replace the kitchen appliances.  We've been working on this since right after Halloween.

With just a few minor things to do like hanging temporary window treatments, painting the trim in the master bath, and organizing the remaining items in the basement, we're finally READY to get this place listed, and hopefully sold.

It's scary to think about selling our home and buying a new one.  This was our first house; so much of the purchase process seemed to happen by happy accident.  Sometimes I still think the last owners are going to come knocking on the door and say, "Get out of our house!"

But I'm ready. It's time.  This house is ready for a new family, and we're ready for a new home.


  1. I share your sentiments about MORE STUFF. I'd like a bigger place too, but I worry that I will just fill that one with MORE STUFF as well. Good luck with selling your house and finding a new one that's perfect for you and your family!

  2. I love your last line so very much! Glad you're almost ready.

  3. I have nesting syndrome, so moving is tough. I suspect when you close that front door for the last time, there will be tears; just remember, it's not the house that makes the home. It's the people. Good luck selling and moving home to a new home.

  4. I love that last line too. I also commiserate with the neighborhood idea--there are many times I think about moving out of the rural outback where we live, but my husband talks me away from the idea. Sounds like you've done a lot of work! I bet it looks beautiful. I can't wait to see where you land next.