Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sustainable Staging

From the bean of Green Bean.

I turned back at the front door. Had I left the bedroom light on? I trotted back to check. No. Darn it. I flipped the switch and a bright halo filled the room. Much better.

After turning the key, I paused over the new sod and tamped down the surge of sadness. My pollinator garden was now lawn. (Don't worry! I kept the front yard victory garden and raised beds in the back). Sprinklers whirring, I pulled out of the driveway and ticked through the days' activities. Things to do, places to go, anything to stay out of the house and out of the realtors' way. And it always ended the same. With a dinner out or a frozen pizza. Something that wouldn't stink up the house or mess up the kitchen.

Selling a house is dirty business. It's not for the green of heart. But it is, sometimes, a necessary step. One that, in my case, will lead to a large sunny lot with plenty of space for my chickens and edible garden. And, so, I go through the motions. But I take solace in small things.

In freshening my home with fresh air - open windows and screen doors beckoning in soft breezes - instead of Febreeze.

In borrowing instead of buying. A friend's runner graces my dining room table and my mom's tray rests on the family room ottoman.

In raiding my closets instead of Target. Even though I do not use paraffin based candles, I sure am glad I saved the ones that I received as gifts. They add the touch of color our realtor requested perched on the master bathroom counter without a touch guilt.

In embracing my eco-chic by filling jars with saved wine corks, bowls with fruits and sturdy vegetables (in my case, artichokes), and vases with locally grown flowers.

And in remembering my second hand values. "It is better to thrift, than to TJ Maxx." Just this morning, I picked up a throw pillow, table cloth and centerpiece bowl for under $5.

It is not perfect. Not by a long shot. My efforts at sustainable staging are much like carbon offsets. They balm the conscience and make only the slightest of dents. But sometimes, a carbon offset is all you've got to get from here to sold.

Wish me luck!


The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

I’ve been wondering how I would ever sell my condo without “selling out”. When they open my cupboards, what would people think of all the odd (re-used) sauce and pickle jars filled with grains and rice? How would I keep up on laundry if I couldn’t use my dryer rack? Looks like you are doing a great job of keeping your values, with your eye on the goal. Thanks for the ideas, and for easing the worries. I hope your property sells quickly!

Daisy said...

sustainable staging: sounds like a book title. Take notes!

Condo Blues said...

Did you know that most of the coolest house tours they feature on Apartment Therapy are places where the person took their time, collected what they loved, and bought second hand? Well, at least my favorite house tours are usually those kind of places. Very few real people go out and buy everything new for a room all at once.


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