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?