Oh For The Love of God...

Murphy loves my family.

For the past 4 months I have been cleaning this house in order to sell/rent it. My children all have ulcers now because they never know if I am going to blow up because they have taken out a toy to play with, or if they have walked on a freshly vacuumed carpet, or if they have just pooped in a freshly scrubbed toilet.

My husband has been banned from showering at our home because of the hairs that simply spring off of his body each time he towels off and fall onto my scrubbed and sparkling bathroom floor.

The dog has no idea where to lay down to take a nap because she is constantly being tossed in the back yard so that I could sweep, and the sight of her dog hair on my hardwood floors is enough to send me ranting and threatening to sell her to the lowest bidder.

Our house has been living at Defcon 1.

I have shown this house to well over 50 million potential buyers/renters (I am not kidding... 50 MILLION!). Each of them have told me how much they love my house and how clean it is. None of these people who have been in my home, walked through my bedrooms, laid eyes on my bathrooms, peeked in my private closets and rummaged through my attic, have decided that they want to live in my house. This house that I have cleaned until my hands are raw and my family is afraid to sit on the furniture for fear of leaving a butt imprint.

Today we signed a lease with a wonderful family who has fallen in love with our house.

They never came out to walk through the house. They chose to rent it solely on the photos that I have on the web. The same photos that I took one afternoon before I started Cleangate 2008. The photos where I simply took all the crap out of the room I was photographing and had it piled up behind me and then replaced when I was done taking the picture.

All the cleaning that I have done is kind of like shaving my legs when my husband is out of town. Pointless.

Curse you Murphy!


kat said...

But at least it's rented! Congratulations!

The Farmer's Wife said...

I love love love your house and have been trying to talk my dh into moving clear across the country to buy it but he such a west coast baby.

Journey of Truth said...

Sorry it was all such a bother, but you put it in such glory of humour I can't help but laugh!
Glad it's rented out then.

Beth said...

At least your kids can breath easy now. Congratulations!

Urban Mom said...

Sounds like how my mom was every year during the hours before family arrived for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We just stayed OUT of her way! Happy for you that the house is rented! (happy for the family too -- hee hee)

Michelle said...

Woo hoo! I hope the economy is better when their lease is up and that you can sell it more easily.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Yes! Yes!
I knew God would find someone to fall in love with your house.
Now your plan is in forward motion.
Happy to hear the news!
Westward Ho!
Aunt Barbara

Anonymous said...

I love Aunt Barbara's comments! :)

Cassie said...

You are scaring me. My house goes on the market on Friday. I have 4 kids too and have already warned them that as soon as the sign goes out front they are not allwed to touch anything. I'm glad your story has a happy ending! Even if you did drive yourself and everyone else crazy!

lvschant said...

I am so happy for you... I am in the throes of daily cleaning mania also, since our house is listed for sale in anticipation of our PCS. The problem is, you never know just when the person who will buy/rent your home will come!

I feel your pain!

(vox feminae)

Chatty said...

I feel your pain - but I looked at those pictures and loved your house because of them too, so I understand why those people fell in love with it technically sight unseen. But mainly - congratulations on getting it leased, and I hope the move goes smoothly - it should - you're a pro, after all!

Cassie said...

I hope you don't mind, I am going to link to this post. Because I am just starting this journey and here is what I have to look forward to. LOL!

kristi said...

God, I feel your pain! Atleast SOMEONE wants the house.