Romantic love follows a certain pattern. When you first meet you see nothing but potential. There’s a rush of attraction and excitement that makes waking each morning with the expectation of seeing them a joy. Over time, things become more settled.
Anyone in a long term relationship will tell you that they need work or things start falling apart. The same is true with your home. You fall in love when we’re viewing, and feel excitement when you move in. Over time, things like daily chores, or little niggles get to you, taking away the pride and pleasure you should feel in your home.
It’s time to fall back in love with your home.
Remember all the things you loved about it when you first moved in. Write an honest list of everything that annoys you and divide them into two columns: those you can easily change, and those fundamental to the design of the house.
Make a Plan
Reclaim the magic. Take the list of easy to fix items and prioritise it. Clear out all the junk those cupboards have accumulated over the years, get those trees blocking the light cut back, and replace mismatched bedding so you feel like a the proper grownup you are.
Call in Help
Outsource the chores you hate so that your evenings at home are not spent with a scourer or the lawnmower, but relaxing and enjoying the sense of welcoming calm you have created.
Shed the Resentment
Sometimes even the smallest change is enough to revive your affection. Do you really need a new kitchen, or will painting the cupboard doors and replacing the handles give the same effect? A new doormat by the front door could be all that is required to lift your spirits and welcome you home.
This Valentine’s Day, fall in love with your home again.
- Remember what you loved about it
- Make the most of its best features
- Freshen the tired areas up
- Make your “date nights” – those evenings you spend at home relaxing – actually about enjoying being home, and not about cleaning or doing chores.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
MotherDucks Team xxx