Showing A House

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Yesterday I talked about poop stalagmites and the fact that our house was showing today. I am pretty sure if the potential buyer had known that my carpet and walls were being used for a personal toilet, they would not buy it; but all evidence was removed. It’s Lysol clean, Baby!

So the house hasn’t showed since last October, which was OK since we had 2 birthdays, 2 major holidays and the birth of a child to get out of the way. Do you know what happens to the “show quality” of a house that contains 4 adults, 3 children and a dog when it hasn’t showed 3 1/2 months? It goes down hill fast, my friends. It means they come into the house expecting it to look like this…

Google images

And it looks something more like this…

Google images…NOT MY HOUSE!

I spent all day at home, alone with the kids (insert scary music) trying to get the house back to show worthy quality. I scrubbed, I polished, I sweated, I cried and then I finally got smart. As soon as I was done with a room; I locked the door behind me. I felt like that little woman on the movie Poltergeist…”This house is clean.”

Every time I cleaned a window, I had 2 helpers behind me cleaning it with their spit and fists. Polished furniture…they were there putting their fingers in the shiny tops. I packed up a lot of things from all the closets to capitalize on the walk in closets (You must be able to walk in a walk in closet, so I had to pack!) and there they were going through the boxes and adding things of their own. I almost had the box sealed when I noticed Bitsy laying on the quilts inside. I am pretty sure it was the kids who did that, although I have been pretty forgetful lately.

I know I cleaned everything at least 3 times, sometimes more. Once to initially clean it, once to clean up the kids cleaning it and once to remove my sweat and tears from the object. I officially do NOT want to live this way for long and I don’t think my kids would survive it. A house is meant to be lived in. I don’t want to have to constantly tell the kids not to mess with the eye candy display of all my best home magazines fanned on the coffee table. Potpourri on the back of the toilet is a pleasing touch, but let’s face it…kids eat it and love to play with the dried fruit pieces and little twirly wooden sticks. Don’t get me wrong, I keep a clean house; but we also live here. You are going to have to do the “Obstacle Course Of Broken Toes” to make it through a kid’s room. There is usually a doll in some form of undress on a counter and there will be fingerprints on the door glass of children who anxiously await their father to come home. I will swear in a court of law that if your house looks show worthy and you have children…they are miserable and you are exhausted.

I have not yet heard any feedback on the house showing, but it better get good reviews. I smelled like a horse yesterday when I finished and refused to take a shower in my gleaming, sparkly tub for fear of Crayon Wrangler funk contaminating it and being the reason the house didn’t sell. I didn’t cook the typical home cooked meal for fear of a speck of grease or green bean water on the stove burners so clean. We had burgers from a bag eaten over towels so the dining room table and floor wasn’t sporting the usual spilled drink or smeared ketchup trail. The dog was banished outside so a single Sam hair didn’t float onto the perfect vacuum lines in the carpet. The children’s toys were arranged magazine photo quality on their bookshelves , while they sat in the floor twiddling their thumbs. They were miserable and me? I was exhausted.

The saddest thing is that we have another showing on Tuesday. The house must remain in this condition until then. If any child poops on my floor again…heaven help us all!

Categories: cleaning, House selling, real estate

18 replies

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  5. Whew!!! I'm exhausted reading about it! I hope for your sake it sells quickly now.I've got to put that house in Nash up for sell(renters moved – didn't pay…). I'm dreading it! And the Poltergeist – “This house is clean.” I think I guffawed at that and I haven't done that in a long time! lol! Good luck til Tuesday! Fingers and toes will all be crossed for you:)

  6. I feel your pain…I have friend who has three boys and an imaculate house (including the glass room) I am forever cleaning when I know she is going to be over for a play group…ot that my house ever even look half as clean as hers but I try to make it presentable.

  7. Yikes. Hope it sells soon. Can't imagine how exhausting that is. Hang in there!

  8. Mrs Wrangler, I can so relate! I always ask my mom to help with my 4 when we have a showing. I am a big baby that way. Its been 15 months and here we sit. I have been known to become demon posessed when cleaning for a showing. I feel my head spin around, steam starts coming out of my ears, and my eyes go red as I scream WHO PUT THIER STINKING (probably not that word but you know)FINGERPRINTS OVER ________(fill in the blank)I have also been known to take laundry baskets full of crap out to the car and stuff things in the washer dryer and oven. So there are my dirty little secrets.I am still working on my bachelor post by the way!

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  10. Oh, I hope it sells for you very fast now that all of the end of the year stuff is settled.keeping this in prayer

  11. This post reminds me of a quote Phyllis Diller once said, “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” Good luck with the showing!

  12. Whew! You've been working hard! Cleaning my small little dorm room is a job for me – I can't imagine trying to clean a whole house with a couple of wee helpers to boot!

  13. Ha ha! You are so funny, my friend. I hope your showing went well! Good luck keeping the house spotless clean over the weekend 🙂

  14. I'm a little behind on my blog reading so I had to jump down to the fingerpainting post to catch up. While I would be absolutely livid (house showing or not), I must admit to have laughed out loud at your situation. (sorry!)I hope the showing went well. We've never had to deal with that and probably by the time we do, the kiddos will be teens (God help us!). But when we were house shopping, we walked through plenty of houses that looked like no one actually lived there … except for the pictures on the walls. I remember being amazed that someone could keep their house THAT clean. Now I know the secret. 🙂

  15. I understand the cleaning and how much work it is! Hope it goes

  16. “oh, I like that house!” said The MTI when he saw the second house. you know, the one that is not yours.I'd say your house was show quality before you smelled like a horse, but I totally get it.<3

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