On Sunday morning, we had an honest-to-god stager come out to help us get our home ready to sell -- just like you see on HGTV. It was kind of awkward; we'd had company the night before and so the house was pretty messy. She probably thought we were a hopeless case!
We were left with lots of good suggestions for improving the look and feel of our home, though. We were advised to paint the front steps, which look rather moldy at the moment since the last time we painted them we were foolish enough to use white. This time, I'm thinking of doing something like plum or another darker, more striking color. I love me some colors anyway!
She also suggested doing some work on the upstairs bathroom (the downstairs one is brand new, so that saves us some work). I think we'll need to replace some of the bathroom fixtures. The ones we have have been stained by years of hard water and my poor cleaning skills. The "stager" also said the room would look nicer with a proper medicine cabinet in it. I'm thinking of purchasing one that has a mirrored cabinet on one side and decorative shelves on the other side.
The kitchen was our last stop and was also in need of some repairs. My boyfriend already fixed some of the tiles that were broken or cracked (and one was just plain dirty and not coming clean no matter what). Next, we'll add a new set of faucets, and clear some of the clutter off the counter top.
I figure by the time we're done, our house will be in beautiful shape and we won't want to move afterall!
As a mom who firmly believes in being at home with her kids, I am always looking for ways to make money without giving up too much of my precious family time. I just started reading about job-sharing, and it sounds like an excellent way for parents who have to work to continue their professional lives without giving up a full 40 hours a week.
An agency called Career Partners was created to bring potential job-sharers together. They use a personality profile and in depth questionnaire to match up people in related fields. If an employer decided to accept the job sharing partnership, the two employees would essentially act as one, dividing all the responsibilities and tasks needed to perform the job. They would be expected to work a 20-30 hour week, significantly less than a full-time executive position. For moms who have put a lot of time and energy into their careers, finding a career partner can be a great way to stay involved in the business world and in their childrens' lives.
Do you feel like your job is holding you back? Divide up the work and conquer your tasks with a career partner!