Years ago I saw a plaque that stated “My House Was Clean Yesterday. Sorry You Missed It.” For us “yesterday” is the equivalent of 300 seconds. With an active toddler at home, it takes approximately five minutes to go from completly organized to utter balagan (disaster).
The owner of our apartment is considering selling the unit and asked if a realtor could take photos. After everyone left for school, I played the game. “If I were a realtor what would I do to improve the space?” I put on my “realtor glasses” and critically looked around. The next few hours were spent making things orderly.
Blankets did a great job of hiding a menagerie of plush pets and excess pillows in the bedroom. A shower curtain hid laudry hampers stashed in the bathtub. Daily-used small appliances were moved off the counters. My infamous buffet was cleared of all items and a beautiful honey-colored wood could be admired. I photographed everything to document proof of a clean home.
- The phone rang. The realtor wanted to come later in the evening. “Nooooo!!!” Was my reply. “NOW. Come NOW”. Maybe that was too dramatic but I knew what would happen the second everyone would arrive home from school. So the realtor came, took photos, and left. Then the kids came home, tornado boy did his thing, and that was the end of my tidied home. As aforementioned, it took about five minutes to go from straightened to looking like the aftermath of a bad storm. The house had been clean. Really. I have pictures to prove it.
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Karen, The Klutter Koach. Home Organizing Solutions in R/BS
February 5, 2018