Tuesday, February 7, 2012

First Step

As many of you know, my husband & I are planning to sell our home this year.

3 bedrooms & 2-1/2 baths sitting on 17 acres.  There is, as you can see, an upstairs.  The upstairs consists of 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, & a huge room which the previous owners used as a playroom for their children but my intention was to make it into a craft room.  Since we decided pretty quickly that we weren't going to stay here for very long, that room & the 2 bedrooms were never developed into what they were intended to be.  Instead they have been serving the purpose of being a dumping off place of sorts ... a catchall for anything & everything that doesn't have anywhere else to be, doesn't have any use at this time, is intended for a yard sale or intended for "the next house," etc.  Remember Fibber McGee's closet?
Walking up our stairs to the second level is akin to Fibber opening that closet door, but of course you have to multiply it at least 1000 fold due to the fact that I'm not just talking about the little hall closet up there ... I'm talking about the entire upstairs!  Needless to say I have my work cut out for me.  Yesterday I took my first step.  I packaged the rolls of remaining Christmas paper & put the Christmas bows & boxes into their containers & brought them downstairs.  A baby step for sure but a step nonetheless.  

I know the housing market is still depressed which is, of course, depressing for those of us wanting to sell.  There are 2 homes on our street that have been for sale for over 2 years now.  I have jokingly said to John that perhaps we need to make a website offering our home for sale or trade.  Surely there must be someone, somewhere in some frigid, snow-covered land who desperately wants to live in central Kentucky (?) ... so much so that they would be willing to swap houses?  I really need to look into this.  If you should happen to know or ever hear of such a person, do send them my way.  In the meantime I will continue taking my baby steps ... maybe even graduating to giant steps once in a while.  Time, after all, is passing by quickly.  I will clean & sort & pack & fantasize about the moving truck coming up the driveway & whisking us away to Lapland or some such place.    


~*Shar*~ said...

OMG I LOVE your house hun....don't laugh but it's my 2nd dream house...lol well, I'm off to the dentist...wish me luck...

Hugs, Shar

Michelle said...

You have a beautiful home Shirlee I wouldn't want to leave it!

Vickie Niggemann said...

Beautiful home. :) Keep baby stepping!

cucki said...

Your home is so beautiful deary..
Love and blessings for you xxx

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Your house is very beautiful!
I hope all your dreams and wishes come true!
Keep making those baby steps.
Prim Blessings

Sally said...

What a beautiful home you have Shirlee. I'd love to live there!

Peggy Lee said...

Your home is beautiful. I hope you get what you want for it.

Now with me being a fellow Kentuckian, why is it you want to leave this beautiful state? (If I missed this answer in a previous post I apologize now, I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack)


Kendra said...

Oh if only I was in a position to move! Love your home and if I here of anyone I will send them your way. They say things are looking up in the market so that is a good thing for you.
Be careful cleaning, seriuosly, I know someone that got a broken nose when a speaker fell off the top shelf of a packed closet! Goes to show that cleaning is dangerous and should be avoided!

Good luck, you'll probally find things that you didn't even remember you had!

Trace4J said...

Your home truly is beautiful.
But if you don;t feel it in the heart I understand. And ya really must not or you would have unpacked. GO SHirlee GO!!


Friendship Crossing said...

I'd love to trade you!! how would you like to move to eastern Ky?? (Ashland, Ky) LOL

What town are you nearest??


Carol said...

Your house looks so much like mine, Shirlee--big front porch and peak in the middle of the roof, etc!! It sure is pretty--and wow--17 acres!! I hope you find the perfect buyer :)

Maggee said...

What a lovely home! I have a fairly large home but it never really got empty. My kids did grow up and move away. Then each of them came back at some point to regroup after college, a divorce, a baby... and with one still here, Katrina destroyed my sister's home in Mississippi and she has lived with us also, off and on since 2005! It is steady on for the past two years now... it is very hard to get your life back when all has been taken away. But I digress... I wish I could buy your home...it is perfect! And all those acres for the grandkids!! Alas, not in my area... Hugs!

Angela said...

I would be so excited if I were in your place Shirlee. I have lived within a couple of miles of my birthplace all my life. Would be such an adventure to move away. Hope all your dreams come true.

marly said...

Beautiful house and setting. Good luck with the sale and finding your dream home. It will happen.

Kaisievic said...

Lovely house - looks gorgeous. I also loved the hall closet clip - hilarious!

hugs, Kaye xoxox

Minnie said...

You have a very beautiful home, if it were mine I'd never leave. I have one of those closets in my home too, things just seem to spill out when you open the door.

renee said...

I have several of those rooms! I have always liked your home, but I know how you feel already, so I wish you the best!

TheCrankyCrow said...

LOL....I think my whole house is Fibber's closet!!! Unfortunately, hubby doesn't see the humor in it, nor is he as nonchalant as Fibber is about it. ;o) And you know I ADORE your home. We had always hoped to find a place with more land and 17 acres sounds perfect....and a long drive and huge porch...and NO SNOW!! And I've always been quite fond of Kentucky and Tennessee. I would seriously consider a swap except that all our family is here - I can't imagine just pulling up stakes and plopping down somewhere permanently where I didn't know a soul. Also, since hubby decided to build an $80,000 "shed/shop" on our land for Little Crow, I don't think we'd get him to vacate any time soon!! But, truly, I would think that your lovely home would be an incredibly easy sell - I loved it from the first time I saw it on your blog header....Good luck though - and be careful of those closets.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Nicola said...

Your home looks so beautiful. It must be so nice to live on such a large plot.

It must be hard leaving it.