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Moving with Kids

We’re putting our house on the market this week. We’ve been doing lots of prep work every weekend for the past few months and we’re finally ready for the “For Sale” sign. I am absolutely dreading this process. We’ve already tucked most of the boys toys neatly in the basement and cleaned out all the closets. We’ve painted, we’ve replaced counter tops and we’ve even arranged for our dog to spend time with family so we don’t have to worry about what to do with him during showings. But, I have no idea how I’m going to keep up with the housekeeping. I’m a generally neat person, but my house definitely isn’t show ready every morning when I leave. Chances are there are dishes in the sink, unmade beds and laundry in need of being put away.

I’ve read news and Commuter Mom’s posts on moving, so I think I know how to prepare my kids emotionally for the move. But I need someone to prepare me for the selling process. I need some tips on selling a house with two small children underfoot. How did you do it? What were some of your tricks?


  1. Commuter Mom March 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Get a nice basket with a lid (maybe a laundry basket) for each of the boys’ rooms – throw all of the clutter in there when you need to get ready for a showing. Buyers will open closets and cabinets, but they won’t look in the pieces that will move with you – like a nice basket. And, don’t forget my favorite tip, they won’t open the washing machine and dryer…and probably not the microwave. I put the dog bed inside the washing machine for every showing.

  2. Ruth March 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    My Dad was a realtor and he once gave me some great advice. If there are a couple things you need to stash quickly toss them (ever so gently) in the dryer…no one looks inside your dryer when they look at your house. Good luck.

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    Media Mom March 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Just this week I saw on article by Kathleen Squires from Real Simple on How to Fake a Clean House. It’s perfect for what you need. Check it out here:
    Some of the tips are so basic, it’s silly. But there are a few real gems.

  4. Tara September 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Best of luck to you! Just remember, it will all pass in time 🙂 <3

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