Some of us are serial renovators and movers. We like creating and renovating. Maintaining? Not so much. It is simply not as much fun to keep something going as it is to make something new. As you might guess, I fall into this category. Hi, my name is Susan and I am a serial mover. I have never lived in one house long enough to have to repaint or replace anything (after my initial scorched earth renovation, that is). The longest I have spent in one house since I graduated from college is 7 years. But, I must confess that during those 7 years, I was still hunting for the next project. So, I am writing today's post to myself as much as to you!
1. Look at Other Properties On the Market In your Price Range
This may strike you as a bit counterproductive but trust me, it might make you love the house you are in! I have a realtor's license and it enables me to go and look at houses whenever I feel like it- which can be a dangerous thing. But it can also be a good thing like last Sunday evening, for instance. While Stu was happily engrossed in watching the Masters, I was shopping for houses online. My sites were set on antiques the next town over. My radar locked in on one. It was very old- pre Revolutionary war and in a good walk to shops and restaurants location. My heart started beating faster and I could feel the adrenaline kicking in. Hey, maybe there are a few more to look at also while I am at it? YES! There are 3 more that look interesting and in need of some work! "Honey, how do you feel about going to look at a few old houses?" "When?" "Now?" "Sure" He is the perfect man for me! So, 20 minutes later, we found ourselves standing in a very old house that was in need of quite a lot of work. Stu started having an allergic reaction to the musty air and his nose clogged up within seconds of being inside. The floors were so sloped that he nearly fell over. But he didn't say a word. I told him that it would have to be taken down to the framing and restored/redone and I didn't like the bones. He exhaled and the look of relief on his face was noticeable. After driving past the others on my list and eliminating them for various reasons, we drove home. Our house never looked so good with its gleaming straight floors, soaring ceilings and fresh clean air!!!! I haven't had the urge to look at another house for 3 days so far...
2. Buy Fresh Flowers
Buy your house some fresh flowers and arrange them in special vases. Nothing makes a house look happy and loved like a fresh bouquet. If you treat your current house like you love it, it will show. Re-create that new house loving feeling by doing the things you used to do for it. Fluff the pillows, straighten the books on the cocktail table and bring home flowers. You will see, it works!
3. Focus On What You Love About It...And Ignore Its Weaknesses
Remember what first attracted you to your current house. Was it the way the light streamed through the windows? Or the beautiful moldings and built in bookcases? Or was it the view from the kitchen window? Or the space for your baby grand piano? Go over all of the positives in your mind and say thank you for each one. Then, play up those positive features and let the things you don't like and can't change go. And then become an interior designer so you can get your kicks by doing other people's houses for them!