The first thing was to get rid of 26 years of accumulation. For the past three weeks we've set out a stuffed 34-gallon recycling bin and filled trash can. Because I try not to throw things into the landfill unnecessarily, I've posted items on the free section of Craigslist. Most have been picked up. I've offered things with sentimental value to others in the extended family and taken carloads of things we won't need anymore to the thrift stores. (I'm still waiting for the boys to tell me what they want to do with their childhood and teenage mementos. One thing at a time.)
Our realtor gave us the names of contractors that she promised could do the needed work quickly. We contacted them and set things in motion. Those two windows with broken seals and foggy panes that we've lived with for years? Gone, along with the broken sash cords that were actually a safety issue. A handyman to update the powder room and replace all the polished brass light fixtures with updated models? In process. Minor drywall repair and painting to freshen things up? Scheduled. New carpet? Measured and waiting to be installed after the painting is done.
Slowly but surely we're making progress.
|Lights and ceiling fans ready to go|