We’ve officially been in our house for one month which makes us real, experienced homeowners. We did not burn the place down or break any large appliances (yet), so I’d say I’m ready and qualified to dish out some serious home owning advice at this point.
Here are 10 things we’ve learned so far:
- Neighbors aren’t like in the movies. I thought I was automatically gaining 4-5 new bff’s and we would all bake each other pies and hang out on our decks together and wave to each other and say things like, “Hey John, love the new car!” but no. Not one word from the neighbs yet.
- Things in your yard will not be picked up unless you pick them up. On about our 6th day here, Greg texted me and said “I picked up that butter knife that was in the driveway. I finally realized nobody else was going to pick it up” –Coming from apartment life, you get accustomed just walk right past the junk because it’s not your problem. In a house, it IS your problem. Imagine that. (if you’re wondering why there was a butter knife in the driveway, i’m not sure. It must have fallen out during the move.)
- Just because you own a home, it doesn’t automatically make you super organized and clean. My big dreams coming into this were that i’d somehow transform into the cleanest, tidiest, most mindful person when it came to keeping my house in tip top shape. A month in i’m finally realizing i’m the same slob with just a bit more room to slob around in.
- There will be critters and crawlers and you’re just going to have to deal with it. I knew the day would come where I was no longer in an apartment building on a high-up floor without the worry of creepy crawlies, but I guess I didn’t realize that we’d have AN ANT AND MOUSE PROBLEM RIGHT OFF THE BAT. There has been bloodshed. We’ve had 2 mice and an army of ants. Luckily, some caulk solved both problems, but for a while before bed every night I would call Greg into the bedroom to do what we called the ant genocide. He’d kill them and dispose of their bodies so I could sleep in peace. We’re true romantics.
- Dads are helpful. Between my dad and Greg’s dad, we have the most badass team of dad smarts + dad strength. There is not much that can’t be figured out when you put their dad powers together, so Greg and I are eternally thankful for their help!
- Stuff is expensive and it’s a lot of work…but not that much. Is there like, some secret paperwork you sign when you buy a house that I missed out on? Some contract you sign that says you have to complain about the money and the ‘hard work’ that goes into owning a home? Like, yeah, it’s going to cost some money if you want to fix some stuff up.. but DUH. And yeah, it’s going to require some effort to get stuff done, but hello, it’s a house that you bought. You knew what it needed when you bought it. I guess I hear people all the time complaining about the troubles of home owning and the “oh man, it’s so much work and money!” but it’s not that big of a deal. Do what you want to do when you want to do it. I’m personally loving all that we’re doing to this place, it’s been super fun and rewarding.
- Having a washer and dryer is the best thing ever. Coming from apartment life, we’ve never had our own washer and dryer. Greg and I have lived together for 5 years now (spread out over 3 different apartments plus this house) and we’ve been waiting for the moment where we have our own laundry that we don’t have to pay for every time. It’s glorious. It’s going to really cut my underwear spending down because I no longer need 325 pair to get me through until I can muster the energy to do 5 hours & $15 worth of laundry. Instead, I do it every few days like a totally normal, functioning adult.
- Buy some god damn curtains We’re one month in and we have not bought ONE window treatment for our house. Our main window in the living room is still wide open, which means everyone gets a front row seat for all the fun renovations we’re doing. In the bedroom, the sun rises quite literally next to my face each morning and i’ll probably lose my sight soon because every morning is the same: sun rises, I roll over and look out the window only to be temporarily blinded by the brightness, I curse the fact that we haven’t bought curtains yet, pull the pillow over my face, and fall back asleep. It’s a really cute routine me and Mr. Sun have, but my corneas are starting to deteriorate.
- I love my husband He’s just been crushing it with the house projects lately. He’s in school and working, yet he still finds time each day to tackle another project. Often, I leave for work in the morning and come home to find one more thing checked off the list. He’s a magical human and this experience has reminded me of that fact. He’s really gaining his “Dad points” here so that when he’s a dad he can be as helpful as our dads! (Refer to #5)
- I can’t think of a #10 and Tesla is unveiling it’s Model 3 in about 10 minutes so I have to go watch the internet and drool. To bring this post full circle, I’m really hoping neighbor John gets a Model 3 so I can say “Hey John, love the new car!” and mean it.