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We put our house up for sale last month – for sale by owner. My daughter came and we decided to do a cleanout and a minimal “staging” for those coming to “see” our home. This has been our home for the past 29 years – when we moved in September 1988 this old farmhouse’s dining room was home to the washing machine. There was a wall between dining and kitchen. There was ugly brown sculptured shag carpeting. The linoleum was hideous. The bathroom? One step up from an outhouse! But, the first moment I walked in I saw how much these one-thousand square feet needed me.
No, I’m no super HGTV decorator but I do have a decent eye for what works and doesn’t. Today our home is lovely and I am always proud (humbly so) for people to be here.
Back to my daughter. She was ‘working’ on the laundry room – this wonderful add-on room has always been my nemesis. She stood in the doorway between the laundry room and the kitchen and she asked the question,
Now, tell me what you absolutely NEED in here and what I can donate and toss.
I wish we had taken before photos – the end results are tidy and efficient. I’ve learned one NEEDS very little to accomplish much.
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