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The Mad Dash

July 2nd, 2012

Mr Chiots and I find that crazy things seem to happen to us. I’m not sure why, but it’s a common theme in our lives. This weekend was no different. When we were having our garage sale on Saturday, a lady from Louisiana stopped in. She’s currently renting a house in our little lake community. Somehow the fact that we were moving and selling our house came up (the garage sale was at our friend’s house). She quickly asked if she could come over that evening to look at the house. Since we’re in the middle of a bunch of projects, we told her we’d need until Monday evening. We exchanged information and she was off.

Mr Chiots and I don’t even have our house on the market and weren’t planning on listing it until August 1st. Since we’ve been working on so many big projects, like the countertops and bathroom, we had been letting a few areas slide.

Yesterday and today we’ve been dashing around working madly to get everything ready for them to come over. We warned her that we were in the middle of a few projects, like laying hardwood floor in the laundry room and finishing the entire upstairs.  While we’re not getting our hopes up, it wouldn’t be surprising if this worked out.

The garage was cleaned and organized, firewood was given to neighbors, the basement was tidied, and the main part of the house was cleaned from top to bottom.  Cleaning the basement probably my least favorite chore. The floor is rough and hard to clean and I really dislike the fluorescent lights, not to mention you can’t see outside. All these chores needed finished anyways, we just weren’t planning on completing them in one marathon session.   Although it is very nice that they’re done!

What’s your least favorite chore to do around the house?

16 Comments to “The Mad Dash”
  1. Sue Fiorentini on July 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Understand your stress! My house is on the market and it takes me 9 hours to get to it up to my “showing” standards and that does’t count the outside. The hardest part is my cat, he has made a cat door out of the screendoor and has ripped up the weather strip on almost three doors.
    Good Luck.

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  2. amy on July 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Good Luck!

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  3. Andrea Duke on July 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I like having a clean house, so I don’t mind most chores, except cleaning bathrooms. But, I have an 8 year old, so I am sure lots of people can relate :)

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  4. daisy on July 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

    In our last house, our next-door neighbor came over and offered to buy our house as soon as he heard it was on the market. Things like that DO happen. Best wishes. I can’t imagine the lady not loving your house.

    The only thing I really don’t enjoy is dusting. I put on some music to make the time pass more quickly.

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  5. Melissa from the Blue House on July 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Ooh… HATE having a house on the market! You have to keep it in ‘show condition’ every single day, and then when someone looks and doesn’t buy, it feels like a personal rejection. Good luck…. hope this lady is your buyer!

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  6. Jaye on July 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Good luck! I hope this works out for you both!!

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  7. Deb on July 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Good luck. Hope the lady buys your home. I hate having a house on the market also. we di 2 times with young kids, one time very young. It’s so hard to keep it ready, I always insisted on 24 hrs. from the realtor for us to get it ready. Personally I wouldn’t worry so much since you ahve told her yoiu weren’t ready to put it on the market. She will understand. Hope it works out for yoiu.

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  8. Miranda on July 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Least favorite chore around the house? Cleaning the tub.
    And thus my husband has been given the job for life. ;)
    “he’s so much better at it than me” anyway, ya know?? hahaha.

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  9. DG on July 2, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Hope everything goes well!

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  10. Gaz on July 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Lest fave job… cleaning the oven!

    Good luck by the way :)

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  11. Maybelline on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    dusting/vacuuming the shutters.

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  12. DeeDee on July 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Love when God does that!

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  13. tj on July 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    …Ooo, this sounds promising! I hope it all works out and what a coinkydink if it did – wouldn’t that be something? I gotta good feeling. :o)

    …My least fav’ thing it seems is vacuuming. I dunno why ’cause I am a bit of a motorhead and love things with motors but the vacuum cleaner just doesn’t do anything for me. Maybe if I beefed it up a bit and added bigger wheels and dual carbs or somethin’. Hmmm…*now thinking* ;o)

    …Good luck & I’ll be sayin’ a lil’ prayer for ya’s.

    …Blessings :o)

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  14. KimH on July 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    If it has to do with cleaning… all of them! ;) I cant really decide if its laundry or dusting. ugh!

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  15. Misti on July 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I’m not sure what my lease favorite chore will be yet, but I’m quickly finding out how much work goes into homeownership, and how easily falling out of maintenance can quickly make things worse. The previous owners of our house were not keen on maintenance and we’re quickly finding how ‘fun’ it is trying to fix their relaxed attitude towards home upkeep.

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  16. Kelly on July 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    how did it go????

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