Even still, things will get packed that you never thought they would pack. For instance, my laundry detergent and a basket of dirty clothes. Yep, they just put some paper over the top and taped it all up. OMG, just thinking about my dirties hanging out in a basket full of holes and then getting 'unpacked' in a few weeks is disgusting to me. But, I didn't think I needed to specify that. They also took all the drawer and cabinet liners from the kitchen, the TV mount in the den we planned to leave, and a pillow that matches a chair we are leaving for the new owners...there is just too much to think about.
It was very sad to watch my rooms get emptied and realize it wasn't for a renovation, but for good. The more 'stuff' we took out, the more I saw the details of the house that I love....the little ceiling triangle in the guest room.
The sloped ceiling, built-in bookcase, and adorable sconce in Ashford's room.
The built-in we spent so much time on! Sadly, it is looking a little yellowed where the books were, and there are cracks all over the seams. I have to say, I will not miss maintaining white paint throughout the house! All of our painted bookcases and china cabinets were FILTHY. I should've taken before and after pics, but truthfully, the 'afters' aren't even that great. I did my best without repainting.
Just for reference, our stuff took up two huge trucks, and we didn't even take the glass dining set in the porch, the little white love seat and aqua tables in the other porch, the wicker bedroom furniture from the guest rooms OR the living room sofa/chair/ottoman. Wow! I have vowed to do better. I wish I could just blink and become a minimalist.
I am sad to leave our curtain rods, they aren't available anymore and I LOVE them. But I agreed to leave them when we listed the house, so they stay. I also didn't want to patch all the holes and I think it's weird to just leave the rod holders up....I think I might go for a different finish in the new house, anyway.
The buyers have purchased some things from us, these curtains in the dressing room, the kitchen curtains and rug, and the basement zig zag rug. I had to be realistic that I can't fit everything from this house into our new one, even if I really like something...I am happy to sell them to the new owners so these things can continue to live here, even if I can't!
I have to say that even after several years, I still love everything that I did in these rooms. Good job, Sara from 2008! I haven't decided if I will paint 'Aqua Smoke' in our new master. If I do, that will be the third time I use it for my bedroom...crazy how much I love this color! It also touches up seamlessly, which is a huge plus.
So, today is our last day in the house, then tomorrow is closing! I am really excited to get the movers out of here so I can have an empty house to clean up. There are SO MANY dust bunnies and I'm pretty sure I could make another cat from the hair that was under the piano....
I'm off to make the house sparkling clean, because 'broom swept' just isn't good enough for me!