One big lesson I have learned from owning four homes over decades is it is so important to take care of our homes! And taking care of a home is work! Lots and lots of work! Today let’s talk about a lesson I learned about the importance of being kind to my home!
Today is Practically Speaking when we have heat-to-heart talks about all things home.
So let’s talk about why it is important to take care of the homes we live in right now!
I used to think, when I was a very young wife and a decorating novice, that if I could only get one room totally decorated I’d be done with the room. FOREVER! What was I thinking?
If you love decorating are you really ever done? Decorating and taking care of our homes is a process that should go on for as long as you own a home.
Your home is like a baby! It needs constant attention! It needs upkeep as it changes and we need to take care of it!
One of my favorite mantras when thinking of my home is…
EVERYTHING HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE! (except for Bobby)
Nothing in our homes stays static and forever!
And a house is always in need kind of upkeep. I learned this lesson in a very real and poignant way!
This is the story of a once-loved home…
A beloved member of our family lived in a home for 40 years and never did any upkeep. A little paint here and there and a new roof and furnace but that was all.
This was a party house in its heyday. A home that loved people and people loved being there too. The home sat on the edge of a Country Club golf course where the views were stunning.
But after a couple decades, people no longer loved coming to the house. It became very rundown!
The carpets smelled of pets, and the water was a little rusty when it first came out of the faucets. The windows didn’t work well and the screen on the back porch was rusty and riddled with holes from years of neglect.
The house became dark and unloved! And it became a sad, sad home! The owner had the money but did not make upkeeping the home a priority. And by the time things got to a crisis the list of to-dos was far too overwhelming!
One day the owner died and the home was bought by someone else who “razed” it. Demolished it to the ground.
The memories the home held in its walls scattered into the dust. No music from the past echoed in its hallway and no children’s laughter was heard in the yard.
The land was valuable, but the home was not. It had been crying for decades for a facelift, an ongoing schedule of repairs, updates, and more!
I wept for the house and the people who lived in it and all the wonderful times we had there. But it was beyond repair.
This was a huge lesson to me.
Bobby and I try to “keep up with” our home.
And it’s not easy. Let’s say it’s a labor of love!
With all of our homes, we often did the lion’s share of work and we are not naturally born DIYers. Sorta DIYers out of need.
Working on home projects saves money. That is the bottom line. But there is a wonderful satisfaction that comes along with a job you do yourself! I think I love my home more because of it.
Tanglewood is the first home we have had “help” with things like painting and other home improvement projects.
It’s far easier to have an almost constant stream of big, little, and in between home projects and updates than waiting until a bunch of projects needs to be done! That can be overwhelming!
We don’t want to have a sad home that someone will “raze” to the ground someday!
We want a home that is comfortable and welcoming and well cared for.
And I want to live in a home that has been well-loved and cared for! And I’m sure you do too!