This year we bought our first home.
It was a crazy, scary choice to make and quite the emotional rollercoaster to say the least. But now, seven months into wearing our ‘home owner’ badges, it feels pretty darn good.
It’s a funny thing finally owning the house you live in (and I use the word ‘own’ very loosely), you suddenly have all these new responsibilities, project ideas and roles to fill. It’s like another crash course into adulthood. With parenting being our first.
So, in today’s episode of ‘notes’, I’m sharing some observations on how life has changed since we joined the ‘mortgage club’:
1: When something breaks, we have to fix it. We learned this lesson early on. Our house is old and prone to falling apart in one way or another. We hadn’t even finished unpacking when we realised there was sewage flooding onto our front garden. Our first thought was: ‘Quick call the landlord!’….Our second thought: ‘Oh shit. That’s us!’ I’ll tell you now, there’s nothing quite like poo in your lawn to grant you a memorable initiation into home ownership.
2: We suddenly care about trees, plants, shrubs and how weed free our backyard is. In my previous life, I never ever cared about gardening and had pretty much deemed myself the total opposite of a green thumb. But get this, a few months ago, I bought an issue of ‘Better Homes and Gardens Magazine’, because it had an article about Magnolias I really wanted to read. It’s like I’ve entered the twilight zone.
3: My husband has suddenly become a handy man who loves to peruse the Mitre 10 catalogue and make trips to Bunnings. We also have a whole bunch of tools in the cupboard we most certainly did not own seven months ago. It’s almost as though the tool box is like a magic treasure chest and each time you open the lid, its contents has miraculously multiplied. That, or my hubby is making a lot of trips to the hardware store on the sly. In any case, I’m not complaining because the man has skills.
4: We have become that couple that talks ‘house’ with all our friends. We ask for advice, borrow their ideas, covet their gardens, and find ourselves admiring their excellent choice in blinds instead of actual listening to conversation. True story.
5: And finally, we have a whole new sense of house pride. We love our little home and have said time and time again just how happy it makes us. Yes, it has its quirks. You should try hanging a shelf on the walls in this place. Nothing is straight, the floors creak, the roof is rusty and the drafts diabolical. But knowing that it’s ours and slowly making it into a happy, cosy, inviting home is so rewarding. Tiring, rather expensive and very time consuming…..but totally worth it.