Well Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Some people anticipate this day for months, while others dread its arrival. Whether you are one or the other, let’s shift the focus from with whom you live and concentrate on WHERE you live.
Here are 5 ways you can love your home more.
1. Don’t worry about your home being perfect. Just like your mate, your home may not be perfect. I frequently tell people as I am showing them houses that if my wife had looked for the perfect husband, she wouldn’t have chosen me, so don’t look for the perfect house. Your home doesn’t need to look like something off the pages of a magazine in order for it to be yours. Love your home BECAUSE of its nuances and quirks.
2. Connect with your home. Do you have a favorite room? Maybe your basement is a Montreal Canadiens’ shrine like mine is. Or perhaps you prefer the veranda with the sun streaming onto your cozy reading chair. Or maybe your best memories are around the kitchen table where some good news was shared. Sometimes connection is made by pouring blood, sweat and tears into a project and that can create a special bond that lets you give love to your house and in return feel love FOR your home.
3. Appreciate your home. It may not be the Taj Mahal, it may not be like the neighbors’ and it may not be the house you plan to be in for the rest of your life. But it IS your home. Without it you would be living in a cardboard box under a bridge. Your home does the best it can with what it has to provide you with shelter, warmth and protection. Plus it offers eventual equity and financial value to you, so be grateful to it.
4. Respect your home. Again just like a human relationship, your home needs to be respected. Don’t treat it roughly. If the furnace needs a spa treatment, then call a plumber. If the siding needs a manicure, whip out the paint brush. Listen to your home. What is it saying to you? “Shovel the snow away so my basement doesn’t flood.” “My hedge is getting out of control, please trim it.” If you really loved your home you would KNOW what it wants. Pay it some attention.
5. Be creative with your home. Don’t be afraid to try something new once in a while. Paint your front door a different color every year. It’s exciting and gets the neighbors talking. Add a plant, change out the 10 year old potpourri in the bathroom, change the curtains, buy new towels for the bathroom because the ones you got for your wedding present 15 years ago are faded and worn. There are way too many television shows on these days to get your creative juices flowing, plus there is always Pinterest. There is no excuse as to why you can’t be more creative with your home. Experiment a little and find you what you like and don’t like. Don’t be afraid of a bit of a change – or even a LOT of change.