Turning Our House into a Home is a Marathon

It’s hard to believe but Adam, Cecil and I have been living in our house for almost two months now, and we’ve owned the house for almost four months.

Some days it feels like we’ve made almost no progress on the house and other days I’m pretty impressed with everything we’ve done so far. We’ve been really committed to doing everything ourselves (and with the help of our family), so it’s been slow going but it’s nice to look around and think “we did that!”

When we first moved in we had a nice, blank slate. One of the first things we did was remove that fan. It’s kind of pretty at first glance but it had a huge tear in it. Plus I’m allergic to dust and am not supposed to ever run a fan!

Eventually we moved in all of our stuff and it was chaos for a couple of days! We got rid of a lot of junk we had at the apartment, and didn’t bring very much furniture over because we bought a lot of new furniture, but we still moved about 20 boxes.

It was nice to go from “apartment furniture” to house furniture. Mostly it’s just nice to have a lot of couch seating. That was always a problem when we wanted to invite people over on our small apartment couch.

Eventually all of the boxes were unpacked and we were left with a nice, sterile room. Blank walls. Bare fireplace mantle. Empty coffee table. Even so I was really happy with what we had!

Slowly but surely we have been adding elements to turn the house into a home. We hung our TV and added some decorative pieces.

There’s still so much to do, but we’ve decided to take it room by room. We’re making it our mission to complete a room before we move on to the next one.

The living room is probably going to be the first to be done. We just need to hide the TV cords, buy some art for the walls, build the bookcase we bought and spruce up the entertainment center. Also, I’d like to add many more plants! Right now I’m really into decorating with plants. I want to join a monthly plant club! I’m not entirely sure that’s a thing, but I think it must be.

All of the plants I’ve purchased so far are on the ASPCA’s approved for cats list. I’ve actually been really surprised by how many common plants are poisonous to cats – very scary.

I’m looking forward to checking off all of the items on our living room to do list so that we can say that one room is officially done.

I keep telling everyone by Christmas of this year the house should finally be complete. It started off as a joke but I really think it may take that long.

Turning our house into a home is really much more of a marathon than a sprint!

How long did it take you to get your house/apartment the way you want it?
Do you have a green thumb and like to decorate with plants?



  1. February 10, 2017 / 5:18 am

    Wow, 2 months went fast! We will have been in our house 2 years this spring, and we still aren’t done getting settled. We finally finished the office this winter, but we still have the living room and lots of window treatments to get done. Its definitely a long process!

  2. Laura F
    February 10, 2017 / 6:37 am

    My fiance and I moved into our house in June and mostly I feel like we’ve done NOTHING and I feel like you’ve done so much! We’re major procrastinators so we just keep talking about things and then never get anything done, haha. We did buy our first plant last weekend (to put where we had put the Christmas tree during the holidays) and I had no idea how much I would love that one little addition. So I’m with you, the more plans the better!

  3. February 10, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I have never ever had a plant in my house. It has never even occurred to me that bringing a plant inside was an option! That’s how my brain works lol. Your living room looks very cozy and homey! I love the mantel. When we moved into our place, I have everything up and unpacked by the next day! I was on a mission! Now, we have painted three rooms since then, added some window treatments, and hung more pics, etc, but everything we HAD when we moved in was in its place!

  4. February 10, 2017 / 9:36 am

    House is looking great. Honestly we are 5 years into our house and still aren’t settled lol. We have some artificial plants but I think we need to look into brining some real plants into the house, sounds refreshing.

  5. February 10, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Your house is looking great and very modern! I love that picture of Cecil, that is the perfect picture of what home is !!

  6. February 10, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Plants don’t work for me, someone will eat them and throw them up for sure, even the ones that are not bad for cats. Mine all become fixated when I bring flowers or plants in, so I gave up.
    Christmas is really a reasonable time frame. It is the little detail stuff that takes awhile to find!
    I moved in my house 17 years ago and have not finished. We ended needing very expensive work and I just can’t afford it. My hubby isn’t a handy DIYer…
    I hope to get somewhere one day I can fix the way I want! My day dream is to run away lol

  7. February 10, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Your house is coming along nicely! I does seem like sometimes that is a never ending project. My husband and I are not very good at decorating, so we have a lot of stuff that is as old as our marriage (almost 25 yrs). I’d rather spend money on vacation than furniture and decorations! However, we are in the middle of finishing our basement so we’ll need to buy some furniture in a few months. Big couch!

  8. February 12, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Take the time to make it your own space. It may seem likes its taking long but it will be worth it in the end 🙂

  9. February 13, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Beautiful home!!! I love plants and have so many of them. 🙂 When we moved in I pretty much stayed up all night to get everything unpacked. The boxes bugged me!

  10. February 13, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Wait, if you’re allergic to dust you’re not supposed to run a fan?!

    Suddenly my sneezes make a LOT more sense, but I need the noise of a fan to help me sleep at night!

    BTW, if you like following cats on Instagram, you should follow my sister and brother. They are both obsessed with their cats and take too many pictures. I feel like they’d be good friends to Cecil. Zach’s posts are kind of satirical, but Steph is unashamedly in love with her kitty. They are Hobbes3k and Karmakitty941 🙂

  11. February 15, 2017 / 8:29 am

    You did a fantastic job. It wast not a easy one. I agree that moving in to a new place and running a marathon is not different. 🙂

  12. February 21, 2017 / 7:05 am

    We moved 14 months ago, and we are still a big work in progress. I have a lot of plants in my house. They are like cheap artwork! The winters are so long here I need them to get me through it! I really love gardening, so I tend to “baby” my houseplants which they really don’t like. So I figure having more of them helps spread some of the other attention!! Luckily, my dogs leave the plants alone.