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Thursday Thirteen #118: Thirteen EXCELLENT Things About Selling Our House

November 7th, 2007

Thursday 13ers and dear, dear Usual Suspects,

Our house is going on the market soon SOON as in… maybe this month? (In my dreams.) Or possibly we’ll wait a few months.

Chores take time. And so does yardwork.

Thirteen EXCELLENT Things About Selling Our Home:

13) One word: Newcarpet. The whole house looks sunny and light now.

12) Our storage space is filling up as the house gets emptied out. Goodwill, friends, trash, storage, or Artfully Arranged: A place for everything and everything in its place. (My desk is the exception to this rule.)

11) No more picking up 800 Dr. Seuss, Little Bear and Magic Treehouse books — they’re packed.

10) Ditto 1/2 of our clothes.

9) The front yard is edged. Well. Half-edged. Our lawn is rarely edged.

8) It’s still covered with weeds, which I’m justifying for this reason: If the new owners want a nice lawn, they can pay for it themselves. If they’re going to cover it with flagstones, ground cover and zero-scaping EXCUSE ME xeriscaping, why should I bother? (Good one, eh? I love my logic when it saves me from weeding.)

7) The beds are weeded, though, and we’ve done about 1/2 the pruning.

6) I have never been so in love with my husband in my life. And honestly, I have been madly, head-over-heels with the guy since he was my neighbor down the street. He has done every single one of the projects we (and by we I mean “he”) needed to tackle. Exposed wires covered, new sprinkler system box installed, touch-up paint done, new back door.. to quote Dooce — After all that, I don’t even need a gin and tonic to get in the mood.

5) Did I mention the weather has been gorgeous in Portland, Ore.? (Trying not to jinx myself.) When it’s sunny, I am much more inclined to work in the yard, keep up with the house, go for walks with the kids… and then I get excited about moving all over again. Why? Because we’ll have a new neighborhood to walk in! Yay.

4) I think we’re going to buy Ikea bedroom furniture. Should I really splurge and spend a couple hundred bucks? Yes. I was quite enamored of my mother-in-law’s new room when we visited her in Denver last summer. Her set-up looks kinda like this. I love my futon and all but I am a grown woman now! Sick of sleeping on floor.

3) The kids are enjoying their rooms more now that they’re decluttered. They have room to play. On the floor. Did you know that bedroom floors could be used for this, and not just toy/debris/clothes storage? It’s a revelation.

2) I can find things in my kitchen now — lids to Tupperware, the corkscrew, cooky cutters — now that we’ve cleared some of it out. And the counters? It’s easier to cook, once the counters are cleared off. Again — a revelation.

1) I won’t miss the Nasty Neighbor one bit. She yelled at our carpet guys! Why? They were cutting carpet. In the street. In front of my house, which is next door to her house. She was rude to them and they were so nice about it. I apologized to them, and to their boss, too. “Yeah, people get a little strange sometimes,” one said.

Yeah, no kidding. I’ll miss most of our neighbors — especially the Nekkid Ones — but her? I try to be a decent person and rise above it. For instance, I didn’t throw a corndog at her when she yelled at the carpet guy. I haven’t called the city on her lately. I haven’t flashed her or anything. But she still insists on throwing the toxic vibe around all the time. I will step aside and let it zing right past me, as much as I can.

You know, I won’t miss her even one little bit.

Happy Thursday, everyone.



  1. susiej says

    Doesn’t that always happen — and then you wonder why you’re moving in the first place?

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  2. Nicholas says

    I don’t have any nekkid neighbors :(

    I hope the sale all goes through smoothly for you.

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  3. Steve says

    Just remember, Nicholas, the first ones to take of their clothes are often the last ones you want to see nekkid.

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  4. SJ Reidhead says

    Do I even want to know about that last one?

    The Pink Flamingo

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  5. Kate says

    Glad you can see some many positive things about moving. I hate it. Good luck with everything.

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  6. Holly says

    Nekkid neighbors? Ha ha! Oh, I sooo know about weird and nasty neighbors….

    Hope your move goes smoothly and you sell quickly and easily. (hey – advertise those nekkid neighbors – might help…)


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  7. Peter Plum says

    We were trying to move as well, but then it didn’t sell so everything got brought back out. Not sure which way I like it better. It was nice to be clean, but it was a pain to get anything for the kids to play with.

    My TT is up!

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  8. Vixen says

    You have now confirmed your complete WHACKINESS. You found positive things out of moving! Insanity I tell you. And What edj said in the last post comment, I say ditto. If you keep it up I will have to quit my job and spend my day reading your blog. How will the children eat?!?!

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  9. Colleen says

    very funny!

    I posted my T13 as well: http://www.wineplz.com/2007/11.....stfeeding/

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  10. J. Lynne says

    You are apparently moving in a Disney movie. None of my moves ever went like that. They were complete chaos from the second I started packing until…well, I still haven’t finished unpacking from the last move a year ago. Hell. It’s always like chaos in Hell and it lasts days and that’s just the transportation of stuff. The packing and the unpacking and the purging and the complete lack of organization despite my best efforts. Clearly I’m still suffering post traumatic stress disorder.

    Seriously, good luck.

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  11. sudeep says

    i love you my frand

    November 20th, 2007 | #

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