De-CowPie Your Home the Rome Way

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty

De-Cow Pie Your Home the Rome Way

This post was inspired by two very special people  Linda Davis,  a fellow CyberProfessional  and my friend  Carra Riley.

  Just tonight I received a delightful call from Carra and in the course of conversation told her about Linda Davis. Before I knew it, I had the title for tonight's blog!

De-Cow Pie Your Home the Rome Way

When speaking to clients who are thinking about selling their home, I find them overwhelmed with the thought of packing up a lifetime of stuff, memories and many years in their home.  It is such a stressful time and the tendency is  to put it off for way too long. Their children and family are  pushing them to get started. Sometimes the well meaning adult children are adding more stress to the situation.

One of my questions when listing a home,   Are You 100% Sure You Want to Move ?  Answering that question is the first step!

But until we get to the place where they are sure they are ready to move... this is a suggestion that I have been using lately.

                                              Big Calendar to Write on Each Day

Find a calendar..big enough that you can scribble on each and every day. Then do it. With an attached marker, write one thing that you are getting out of the house. This can be  throwing away trash or getting rid of useless junk.   This can be items that you can  give to a charity or recycle.  This could be contacting the kids who have stuff stored in your home.This could be a cherished item that you want to give to a special friend. Just look around  and see what you can eliminate today?

The suggestion of removing one thing is a starting place and not overwhelming. But getting rid of an item a day keeps you focused on the task at hand.

A gentle reminder is in order after the first week.  A phone call asking..."Have you purchased the calendar?" If not why not supply them with one?

De-Cow Pie Your Home the Rome Way

 

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Joni Staples
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HAhahahahhahaHAhahaHA! That's a cute title and wisdom in the post! I love the cowpie idea. This will go over well in east Texas! :)

Feb 19, 2012 08:32 PM #1
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You know what, Margaret?  That is a really good idea and a great tool for our sellers who need help in that area.  I can think of one of mine, right now, who would benefit from this advice. 

Feb 19, 2012 10:13 PM #2
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This sounds likesomething my wife would suggest... to me!  :)

Clever idea Margaret.

Feb 20, 2012 12:56 AM #3
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Joni, If anyone understands cow pies, it is a gal from Texas!

Chris, I am using this idea on each listing appointment. Even get the kids their own calendar.

Tom, This idea was inspired by Linda Davis.

Feb 20, 2012 02:58 AM #4
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Anne M. Costello
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Margaret: Great idea; This is a fabulous idea. A good friend of mine use this idea last year when she was home last year for about three months taking care of her husband. There weren't planning a move, but she started sorting things just because she had the time. Soon it became a major project and she could move now at any time. The house is ready. 

Feb 20, 2012 03:21 AM #5
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Margaret ~ Now that is a very cute and constructive idea for the whole family to get involved in!!

Feb 20, 2012 06:58 AM #6
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Margaret,

I must learn something new from you each and every-time I read one of your posts!  This was great, thanks for sharing.

Feb 20, 2012 07:16 AM #7
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Margaret ~  You are like the energizer bunny... there is no end to your ideas and then.... the FOLLOW through!  So fun to have you as a freind learning together daily! 

Feb 20, 2012 09:01 AM #8
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This reminds me of an old phrase "How do you eat an elephant?"  Answer: One bite at a time.  The best way to take on a big project is do it a little at a time.  Great advice, Margaret!

Feb 20, 2012 10:50 AM #9
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Margaret love the title!  I have someone right now that I am working with that I am going to suggest this to.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 20, 2012 03:16 PM #10
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Margaret, great idea! I just moved and, even after getting rid of piles, am faced with too much, so I'm going to adapt this idea for post-move as well. Thanks!

Feb 20, 2012 05:56 PM #11
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Love this, and it works, one day at a time! I've done the same thing with shopping bags: when my husband and I downsized, we made a pact to take one shopping bag of stuff out  each time we left the house, and to take it to where it was destined to go (Salvation Army, HabitatReStore, friend's house, office, etc.). It made an overwhelming task more manageable!

 I LOVE the title! Lots of Cow Pies to get rid of!

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Anne, What a great story. Getting rid of the stuff before you are forced to do it.

Frank and Karen, It is a fun family project.

Hillary, We need to talk. I have some great news to share with  you.

Carra, We learn from each other's energy. Thank you for being my friend.

Bryan, Good analogy!

Debra, It is a fun title, thanks to Carra Riley.

Kathleen, Love that you stopped by. I was thinking about you. The ACC craft show is this month.

#12...What a good idea...one shopping bag at a time with each and every outing. Excellent suggestion.

 

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