Keep it up…then sit back, because life is good…enough!

Okay…June is here and we have all our Spring Stuff done, right??…

Done…what do you mean…done?? Is it ever really done? No, not really.  If you own a home, you are never really done.  Face it…there is always something to clean, something to paint, something to tidy, something to throw out.  I think sometimes, that is the greatest thing about moving.  It provides the perfect opportunity to clean, paint, tidy, and throw out!  It’s something I’ve been working on all winter…it’s the reason for what started as my hobby, and led to an obsession (oh, I mean career!).  It is a necessary evil that surrounds us all, whether we do a once-a year scrub down…or the more complicated path I have chosen, the once-every-six-years move and shake things up a bit!  It’s as my friend, Suzanne says, “It’s the process that we love.” 

So, whether you are staying in your home to live, or getting ready to sell and move…don’t fret if you haven’t got it all done.  Keeping up with the care and maintenance of your home really is the key.  One of my favorite clients this year was selling her home after 20+ years of living and loving it.  They had raised their family there, and now were faced with the daunting task of packing it all up to move.  The lady of the house hired me to help her work through all that needed doing to prepare for their move.  What an excellent student!!  She did everything that I asked of her.  We used what we could of existing decor.  She cleaned.  We painted and repaired.  She tidied and threw out…donated what she could for furniture and items she would no longer need.  As we chatted one day after a particularly gruelling day of work, she commented on how much work it was to do all the things necessary to get the house ready for sale.  She worried that 20 years of wear and tear on her home would make it difficult to sell.  I told her not to worry about it, because when all the work was done, and the time was right, her house would sell and she would be on to her next big adventure.  How do I know this??  I have moved 13 times (I think…), I have sold 4 homes, I have painted, renovated, redecorated, and revamped I don’t know how many houses.  And I believe that everything happens when it’s supposed to.  My last house sold in less than two weeks…in a recession…on an acreage. 

And so we finished our project.  And her house sold in just over a month…in still-a-recession…on an acreage.  And I told my client, “See…I knew it would happen when the time was right.”

Your home is your biggest investment.  Take care of it.  Clean it, paint it, up-date it, and love it!  And when it’s time for a new phase in your life…don’t be scared of the change to come.  Get busy with the work that needs to be done, and believe…everything will work out the way its supposed to.

PS//Thanks to my Polly…my biggest fan!  One of my soul-sisters and a constant source of encouragement…and laughs!  Love you, my friend.

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