Steps one and two on the How to sell your house list are to Detach and Depersonalize. I accomplished both at the same time yesterday! :)
Depersonalizing the house simply means to take down all our family photos, family heirlooms, military displays, chore charts, pictures hanging on the fridge, etc. That was bittersweet! We've been in this house for 6 and a half years- that's the longest that I've lived in any one building since getting married!
With everything that I removed from walls, shelves, and appliances, memories came flooding back. I have to admit that I shed a tear or two. It is difficult to say, “Goodbye” to our lives in this house and let go so that someone else can now picture their future here (and desperately want to buy it). ;)
As I sadly look around the house without my kids' beautiful smiles greeting me everywhere, I realize that this is a process. It is difficult to let go, but letting go makes room for excitement about what the future might hold. I'm so thankful that these were the first steps... it actually makes it easier to face the next task on the list: De-cluttering.
De-cluttering, for me, takes focus, stamina, and patience (lots of it!) with the children while I am trying to focus on the task. De-cluttering is not my forte, but I believe in Hero's dream and want to help him- so off to work I go!