Of course, I love tools. I also love arranging them, to the point where I came up with a name for my organizing metric: first-order retrievability. – Adam Savage (Mythbusters)
The good, the bad, and the ugly. We experienced it all in the long and drawn out process of downsizing to live in an RV. Prepping a house to sell is hard work. It takes decluttering, organization, and a level of neatness that we just haven’t ever possessed. Then, eliminating the extra stuff in your life that you slowly realize you don’t even need is a whole different process altogether. What we didn’t expect was the second, third, and fourth phases of decluttering and getting rid of stuff. That’s right, it comes in waves. When you think you’ve finally rid yourself of all the excess, you begin to pile up just one or two things at a time until before you know it you’re doing your fourth garage sale in six months and just telling people they can fill a bag for three bucks.
We vlogged a bit during our organization and decluttering process. Here’s the video:
Once the house was ready to sell, we decided to list it by owner to start out. It was, truthfully, a financial decision. We were pretty sure that if we wanted to be able to pay off the house we wouldn’t be able to pay commission to a realtor. We had good friends in the Real Estate business who were willing to do all they could but it just wasn’t a viable option yet. Our house was shown three times in five months. For Sale By Owner just wasn’t getting it done. Thankfully, we had been making payments for five months and a realtor friend had a reasonable enough rate that we were able to list it with him.
He showed the house to a few people and we accepted an offer on the house nine days later. The sale was a cash buy for exactly what we needed to pay it off and take nothing to closing. We closed eighteen days later. It was a crazy whirlwind and such a blessing that after five months we saw our hard work pay off and the house payment be off of our monthly expenses.