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Thread: DH's response to "a lot of fabric"

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    DH's response to "a lot of fabric"

    When I was posting to Stitch124 : Husbands/SO and Quilting , I was chuckling to myself about how supportive our spouses are. DH and I are considering moving closer to the GKs within the next year or so while they are little and still think we are the greatest. I am in charge of seeking out a couple of realtors to be in the running of marketing our home. I had one lady out this week to take an initial look at our home. I let her know that I had emptied the dining room hutch onto the DR table and there were piles of donations in each room (until DH can get them out to garage). I also "warned" her that I sew and quilt and that I am in the midst of two projects and cutting which means that it is not "show ready". When we came downstairs to finish the meeting, she asked if we were going to get a storage unit. I guess my expression showed and she said, "Well, there is a lot of fabric! and all that stuff over there by the door." (FYI: stuff by door is donation) I just said, "I don't think we need to do that!" When DH came home, I was retelling this story. He just turned and said, "She doesn't know you, though. So where will you be putting that extra fabric? There's plenty of room in the garage, if you need it. " Well, let's see. Several tops going to quilters! The packaged batting will be stored in the biggest suitcase- why not? Why not store some things under the bed or in the kids' empty dressers or nightstands- they haven't lived here since 2002? There are colored totes in basement that would "hide" some of it, too- right??? And the funniest part of this is that I didn't even open the sewing room closet for her- yikes! Thought you might need a chuckle for the day and like me, a reality check!
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    Thank you, AU for the chuckle. My DH & I are also considering a move. We watch a lot of Real Estate shows and House Hunter shows. The other night we saw a beautiful home with a studio above the garage and he says "That would be perfect for your sewing studio". Wow--do I have him trained or what LOL??????
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    Just thought of one more place ... the trunk of my car that doesn't get driven much. Large trunk- can hold a lot of fabric bolts, bags of fabric and tools- Oh, how do I know that???

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    Selling a house while you are still in it , can't be a lot of fun, good luck. Of course if you "hide" all your stash you will not be able to find anything when you are looking for it. Then you will have to go buy more. SO... ok Hide away... :-)

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    dont forget the floor of the car i just saw they arrest a man with finding 6 million of gold in the floor of his car if he put gold you can put fabric we sound addicit
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    A few years ago we were thinking about moving to a different house and went to look at a house. It had a beautiful large loft area. It was completely packed with fabric, sewing machines, UFOs and everything else that all of us have in our quilting rooms. The woman of the house was there and sincerely apologized for the state of the loft. I laughed and said it did not bother me at all and that it would look exactly the same if we moved into that house. (We did not buy that house, but not for that reason of the loft condition.)

    Loved your story!

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    Sometimes I think people selling their house go a little over board on making it look nice. I agree you should have more than a path to get to where you want to go, but to have to move everything out is over doing it. I would be like quiltingfan, I would have to go out and buy more and then it would start all over again. We sold our last house about 6 years ago. I wanted to move things to storage, but DH said no. We sold the house to the second person that looked at it and the realtor had taken the person in before we could clean it up. My sewing room was a mess at the time.
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    You may want to think of it in another way. Instead of "hiding" it and then packing it when you move. Pack it now and save yourself a step.

    In general a de-cluttered house will sell faster and for a higher price. If you don't need a fast sale or aren't really concerned about the actual sale price, letting it look "lived in" is perfectly acceptable.

    I know when I was looking I would not really consider a packed or untidy house.

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    I don't know where the Loft house is but I will take it!!! My sewing room is a very small bedroom but am grateful for what I have!!!!! Blessings!
    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter View Post
    A few years ago we were thinking about moving to a different house and went to look at a house. It had a beautiful large loft area. It was completely packed with fabric, sewing machines, UFOs and everything else that all of us have in our quilting rooms. The woman of the house was there and sincerely apologized for the state of the loft. I laughed and said it did not bother me at all and that it would look exactly the same if we moved into that house. (We did not buy that house, but not for that reason of the loft condition.)

    Loved your story!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    [QUOTE=seamstome;5977121]You may want to think of it in another way. Instead of "hiding" it and then packing it when you move. Pack it now and save yourself a step.

    Thanks for the ideas. When I headed down to the basement today, I decided to hit one of the storage closets first. In there is an oversized beige tote holding all the non-Christmas decorations. Since I haven't put more than 3-4 items from that box out in the last 10 years, I thought I would empty it and fill with projects bins and bulky items that I won't need soon. Although this is our fifth home and have lived here 20 years, we have continued to de-clutter each fall and spring. But this is the first time it will be on our dime. So thanks for the input and keep the ideas coming.

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