Well folks, today is the day. Kevin and I have officially been homeowners for one entire year.
I cannot believe it has been an entire year already! They say time flies when you’re having fun. If that’s true, then we must get a bigger kick out of painting 20-ft. walls, putting in a new screen door, making screens, building shelves and headboards and fighting with curtains than we thought!
In our first year of homeownership, it was all about splitting our free time between home improvements and our wedding. And while we got an astonishing amount done in our short first year here, we are looking forward to many more home improvement projects in 2014.
And I’m most looking forward to sharing them all with you! I set up a separate page for house-related projects and a current home tour, which you can find here. You can also find it right on the home page of the blog.
While we’ve only been homeowners for one year, we have learned quite a bit. Here are a few things we picked up along the way:
1. Don’t be discouraged – Pinterest is both a blessing and and curse and I am completely guilty of having Pinterest-envy when I browse. But you know what? It’s not worth it. The grass is always greener. So what if your house doesn’t have the latest West Elm rug or the most beautiful looking cart bar…you are making your house your own and that’s what matters.
2. Be patient – House projects normally don’t go as quickly (or on budget) as you originally planned. Recall my meltdown over curtains? It all worked out!
3. Don’t worry if you’re confused – I remember sitting in the law firm, barely 24-years-old, signing papers that had to do with escrow, insurances, taxes and more. I had no clue wtf those papers meant or to whom I was signing my life away, but you learn so much as you go! I think I could probably even explain what escrow was if someone asked.
4. Celebrate the little things – It helps! We celebrate the smallest accomplishments with beers, dinners out at our favorite restaurants or even just a pat on each other’s backs.
5. Be proud of your progress – Sure it’s easy to keep looking forward at what you want to do, but take a step back and look at the progress that you made and be proud of it! Here’s a good example: remember when our house looked like a meth house because we had black trash bags as curtains? We’re proud that those are no longer hanging.
6. Buy a house close to Home Depot – Just kidding, sortof. We have a Home Depot extremely close to our house so that makes running up there for last-minute things a breeze.
I don’t think our home will ever be “finished” but we are certainly excited for the journey!
Stay tuned because we have some exciting projects coming up this spring, including finishing our master bedroom makeover and working on our backyard. Cheers to Year Two!