It's only been a week and a half that our house has been on the market, but what a serious pain in the ass. We've only had the one person come look at our house the day after it went on the market, and nothing since. However, on a daily basis I have to keep the house in order and be ready to pack up the babies and myself in case someone wants to come look at it. In the contract, we put that viewers must give us an hour to depart the house.
An hour. One hour to pick up our patchwork quilt of blankets in the living room and the tarp that is underneath, because the babies are STILL spitting up All. The. Time! And I can't just throw them in the closet because our closets have to look presentable and somewhat empty so that people can envision their stuff in them. I have two totes to throw blankets in and hide them in the garage. Then I have to vacuum the living room. You'd think that being covered with blankets all the time, that wouldn't be necessary. Not so. It's amazing how much stuff gets tracked in anyway.
It's funny how our one little tiny square of a baby blanket we used to have, now has turned into several big blankets covering our entire living room! Mobile babies means more carpet to protect!
Then I have to wipe down the trails of slobber and spit up that the babies leave on the linoleum kitchen floor, in addition to the sliding glass back door. Ayden LOVES to "eat" the window and then play in his spit. It's gross, but also kind of funny.
Hide the dirty laundry, throw the toys in a neat pile, make sure nothing is left on the bathroom or kitchen counters.... Oh, and then pack up two almost 11 month old babies and load them in the car.
That's my routine just to get out the door should I get that phone call I'm desperately wanting, saying someone is interested in buying our house and wants to take a look at it. In addition, I have to do this every time I leave the house. If I'm not home, I won't have time to GO home and get it all done before someone comes to look, so I leave the house ready, just in case.
By the time I get me and the babies out the door, I am a sweaty mess! haha! It's super hard work doing all that in addition to constantly moving the babies out of the way of the vacuum cleaner (which they are fascinated with) and making sure they aren't into anything else they shouldn't be.
All day long, I am making sure there are no dishes in the sink, the house is dusted, bathrooms are clean, floors are mopped, windows wiped down, bedrooms are vacuumed, diaper bag is packed... you get the idea. Our house is cleaner than it ever has been!
I am exhausted. And it's only been a week and a half.