For sale: one small child, located halfway down the tree-lined streets of toddlerdom. New build, sunny facing aspect. Potential for imminent upwards expansion. Energy rating; uses lots of it, but does need constant refuelling. Special features – the ability to turn a tidy house upside down in an instant. Asking price? OIRO two good nights’ sleep and one lie-in.
OK I jest, but house selling with a toddler is a tricky thing, who’d have thought? I walk around the house, frantically tidying up. She follows, swiftly clearing whole shelves of books and emptying entire cupboards when I’m not looking. So we have taken to sneaking around at night, stealthily putting things up in the loft and straightening cushions. We tidy everything away in odd places that are out of reach – the tall kitchen cupboards, heavy drawers, the dishwasher. And this is all done over and over, each time there’s a viewing. It’s like the Groundhog Day of domestic drudgery. Kirstie and Phil never warned me about this.
I’m finding the whole process of selling and buying houses incredibly frustrating. And so sloooow. Especially if you’re the world’s most impatient person (Me? Never!). It’s like an elaborate elongated courtship, combined with decoding estate agent subtext that’s more confusing than any man-message, strange too-ing and fro-ing rituals, sending out signals, and trying not to think too much about the insane amounts of money you’re spending.
I know this will all be worth it though, when we have a family house for the three of us, with space and a garden that Eliza can run round in. And proper storage that’s not the dishwasher. I would still love the sleep though; it’s exhausting working out where I’ve tidied everything.
Photos taken in the Crystal Palace Market, where we went for lunch this weekend to stay out of the way when there were viewings on our flat. There’s a new children’s menu at CPM and lots of high chairs, so it’s pretty baby-friendly. Also, I love the metro tiles. Fingers crossed we’ll have lots of new walls soon for me to cover with them.