Selling A House With A ToddlerBeth Anne Ballance
We are selling our house.
Right smack-dab in the worst economy since the Great Depression.
Right smack-dab in the dreariest months of the year.
Right smack-dab in the middle of toddlerhood.
I know. We must be crazy.
But it is something we have to do to get me and Harrison out of 2+ hours on the road each day commuting — it’s too much for me and WAY too much for him. Plus, remember how I said that my kid is kind of a
monster typical toddler in the car? Yeah.
I struggle to find time each week to clean the house with 40 hours in the office and 15ish hours on the road, but we are making it work and it’s easier to keep it clean since Harrison does not spend the day in our home. At most, we have two hours of CRAZY TODDLER to clean up after. Here’s how we are making it work:
- Get good storage. We put a bookcase in Harry’s bedroom for books, stuffed animals, bins of cars, etc. We also have a toy box and bookcase in the playroom. We use storage ottomans as coffee tables, which hold trucks and stuffed animals.
- Simplify. Harrison really doesn’t have a ton of toys — he has a few favorite trucks and a few big toys (like a kitchen and parking garage), but we keep it simple. If he outgrows a puzzle or toy, it goes immediately into storage. If it breaks beyond repair, we throw it out.
- Get outside! On the weekends when the weather is nice (or heck, even decent), we are outside in our backyard where there is nothing he can mess up. Two hours of solid play in the yard = fantastic nap + no clean-up required.
- Get a routine. My husband gives Harrison a bath while I tidy up his room and the playroom. In the morning, the boys fix coffee and feed the dog while I pull up the shades, make the beds, and make sure everything is in its proper place.
- Have the kid pitch in! It’s the PERFECT age to start teaching clean-up and chores. Usually I have to back-track over him to make sure everything is put away nicely, but he’s really getting the hang of putting things back where they belong.
(p.s. remember to put fresh flowers on your kitchen table!)