This Old House
They say there are two days that you love your house the most – the day you move in and the day you move out. As we come to the end of the laborious process of preparing our longtime family home for sale, we can testify to the truth in those words.
The day we moved in 17 years ago this house was an empty shell in need of some love. And with a mom, a dad, two kids, a dog, and a cat, we had love to spare. Along with all that love, we brought a large truckload of stuff, and over the years that truckload became a houseful, as we added more and more stuff to our lives.
Fast forward to 2018 (boy, that was fast!). After two straight months of nights-and-weekend cleaning painting, and purging, our home is finally full – of freshly clean, wide-open space. To get to this airy place, we waded through years of old or outgrown clothing, artwork, files, old appliances, toys, beanie babies, and kids’ drawings. Our philosophy was “everything must go,” and – to the kids, to Goodwill, to the recycling bin, to the dump – everything went.
The process brought a new kind of energy to the space we’ve inhabited all these years, and those interior changes weren’t limited to the house. Having shed the considerable weight of those unneeded possessions, we feel lighter, freer, and more mobile.
There’s a quote from author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that we often share with our branding clients, and it certainly applies here.
“A designer knows when he’s achieved perfection not when there’s nothing left to add, but when there’s nothing left to take away.”
That’s good advice for anyone trying to distinguish their brand, and, hopefully, for those of us trying to sell a great old house. By the way, if you’re looking to invest in a very cool, very spacious place to live, you know where to find us.