Your house isn’t just your home, but a piece of who you are. There will always be areas of your home you would like to improve or change, but instead of focusing on the things we don’t like, we should look at the things we love about our home. Think about what made you first fall in love with your house in the first place.
The Size of Your Home
Whether your home is big or small, appreciate it for what it's worth. If your home is spacious, rearrange some of the furniture to refresh the space. If your home is small, get creative with storage solutions by deciding what items can be stowed away and what should be put out on display. Built-in storage and dual functional furniture are great options for both function and usability.
If you’ve lived in your community for awhile you are likely familiar with all the best restaurants, parks and recreation centers around your neighborhood, and you may have even made a few friends. These are the elements you should embrace your community and it’s nice to be reminded why you chose to live in an area that drew you in in the first place. Your friends, neighbors, and community amenities all contribute to your lifestyle.
Location and community are important, but so are the memories made in a home, especially if it happens to be your very first home. Think back on all the milestones you’ve celebrated in your home, from the day your Realtor handed you the keys, to birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and even the friends you invited and who might have overstayed their welcome on your couch! A house wouldn’t be a home without the memories that created it.
Maximizing Each Room
Consider what your home allows you to do. Whether you love to cook, entertain, watch movies, play with your kids, or curl up with a good book, focus on the activities you enjoy at home and try to create a space that allows you to do those activities.
One of the most important reasons why you should love your home is because you have achieved what so many others are trying to accomplish: the American Dream of homeownership! Of course, the idea of making monthly mortgage payments may be a bit of a downer, but the fact that you had the patience, saved up enough money to make a down payment, and jumped through all the necessary hoops toward homeownership is an accomplishment that should be celebrated.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget why we fell in love with our homes in the first place, but it’s easy to remember that throughout all of life’s trials and milestones, remodels, and paint jobs, our homes have stood the test of time without complaint. Remember to love your home for it has given you so many reasons to love it back.