If you follow this blog, you know we were living in fixer-upper house with plans to renovate. Picture of it here. (FYI: The lime green was not my choice.)
Then we got bids from three contractors, all of whom came back with the same price: A large number followed by A LOT of zeroes. We had to ask ourselves, do we want to renovate, or do we want to send the kids to college?
The kids won out. So we sold our house in about 5 minutes (the Raleigh market is insane) and moved to a new home about three miles away that needs absolutely no work. Our amazing realtor who made all this happen is Susan Reinhard of Fonville Morisey.
Raleigh Green Gables organizers are experts in organizing, obviously, but we also help clients move. We call it purge and pack, and we have a specialized packing system that we use to make it easier to unpack in the new home. (What is that specialized system, you ask? You have to hire us to find out.)
Needless to say, I loved packing our house, using RGG’s specialized system. It made things so easy. And, yes, I purged, even though we have very little stuff.
They were at our house at 8 a.m. We left them to load the truck while we closed on the new house at attorney Donna Cohen’s office. While still at the closing, the movers called to say they were done at our old house and heading to the new house. It took them two hours to load up the truck. TWO HOURS!
They had everything unloaded by 1 p.m., and that included a pizza lunch break. By 3 p.m., my daughter and I had her room and my son’s room completely unpacked and set up, so they could sleep comfortably that night.
It took me a few days to unpack the entire house. By the end of the week, everything was unpacked, and the broken-down boxes were delivered to the Green Chair Project.
Once things were unpacked, I called handyman extraordinaire Scott Rogers, of Anything Broken, who hung hooks and bookshelves, removed the mudroom bench, curtains and the flat screen TV over the fireplace. He also changed light bulbs.
Huckleby Painting painted my children’s rooms in two days.
David Timberlake, of Timberlake’s Carpets, installed a runner on the stairs. I wanted it so no one slipped on the hardwood. I had no idea it would be a piece of art. It looks like it’s out of a magazine.
None of this would have been possible without interior designer Lynda Lankford, who referred the painters and picked out the runner.
When all the work was done, Lynda came in and did her magic, setting up each room and hanging all the pictures.
A month later, we were completely settled.
I am now using our new home as my showroom, since I don’t have a commercial office space. I will invite clients and vendors to see that you can live with less — even with kids. Plus, who would want to hire an organizer who does not live her philosophy at home?
For instance, cars get parked in the garage because it looks like this: Yes, you can eat off that floor.
I have a capsule wardrobe that looks like this:
My children pick up the playroom every evening, so it looks like this:
The pantry is organized and nothing is on the floor:
There is nothing in the attic. In fact I called The Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Wake County to come get boxes of tile and a door left in the attic by the previous owners. (They also took the flat screen, a CD player and a DVD player left by the previous owners.) Now, it’s totally clear:
When you have very little stuff, it makes moving and unpacking really simple. Our move was a fantastic experience. How many people can say that?