I hope nobody minds that I keep posting my progress, even when it is small. This thread holds me accountable and allows me to celebrate and know others understand.
Today I made arrangements to give away a brand-new exterior door that has been languishing in my garage. I moved it outside (sheltered) for pickup later this week. Totally changed the "feng shui" in my still-messy garage. For the better, of course. I still have a lot in there to pick away at, but it's getting less overwhelming to look at.
I folded up some huge, messy tarps and secured them with bungee cords. Small thing but they are monstrous when not folded properly, and they've been kicking around the garage/driveway area unfolded for too long.
I am having trouble finding someone to come partner with me to get my shutters down for painting (and back up) and spot me on a very high ladder so I can wash the exteriors of four windows. Problem is, the windows are on the 2nd floor over a cement patio, so a fall would be Very Bad, and I'm kind of nervous about heights. The friend I could otherwise get help from -- who would even bring scaffolding from his work, if he could help, but he can't -- is getting married soon (but not soon enough) and is totally consumed with that 'project.' Bummer. Hopefully someone will come along who can help.
The other good news is I think our leach field has 'healed.' At least enough that it doesn't need replacing. It was being overused when XH was here (seriously, 2 hot baths a day? he was depressed...) The kids and I are more careful with our water use, and the sloggy part of the yard is now dried up and normal. I just don't have the $400 for the inspection that would tell us for sure -- but hopefully a potential buyer would, or they would be willing to take their chances. We'll see.
There is so much this house needs done, I won't get it all done before listing the house. Anyone else in that position? Did you just keep working on things after you listed it? I feel like that would be a failure of sorts, but I just can't imagine getting everything spiffed up in this long-neglected house (from before we bought it). Hard sometimes to imagine prioritizing, but I'm going to have to draw some lines. What did you do?