Over the holiday weekend, we celebrated ONE MONTH in our new house. The feeling is totally reminiscent of when our relationship was new and we were total cheeseballs about every little milestone and month that passed. Even though we are at the beginning of what is sure to be a long journey, it’s exciting to know we have made some big progress in the short month we’ve been here.
Unpacking. Our house was total chaos in the beginning. Everything was thrown every which way, we had furniture in the middle of rooms and we slept wherever we could find a place. Looking back, I don’t know how we functioned!
Yardwork. We’ve put some major sweat and hours into taming the yard, and while we have big plans for it that we hope to start once the weather cools down, it’s been nice having a yard that doesn’t bite back.
Purchases. While we’ve been mostly frugal in order to be as prepared as possible for all the no-fun purchases that come with being new homeowners (there are a lot!), we still made room for a few fun purchases to make our house feel more like a home.
Our first major purchase was our Google TV, which has been an awesome edition and way to unwind at night while we work upstairs in the loft. We not only use it for Netflix, but for collaborating on projects simultaneously.
Our second major purchase was bedroom furniture, which I apologize for being pretty elusive about. The furniture looks great, and it’s ready for the big reveal, however the rest of the room is still a bit of a mess as we get organized. I hope to show you all the progress we’re making next week, because we’re definitely going to need some advice!
Our third purchase was a lovely buffet that we picked up for a steal on Craigslist. With a little furniture polish and TLC it shines in our dining room.
Compared to a new house, it feels like there is a certain courting process involved in settling into an older home. The best quote I’ve found to describe it is from Under the Tuscan Sun; it goes:
“The trick to overcoming buyer’s remorse is to have a plan. Pick one room and make it yours. Go slowly through the house. Be polite, introduce yourself, so it can introduce itself to you.”
Although we’re slowly putting our own mark on the house, it still to an extent feels like we’re living in someone else’s house. The previous owner lived and raised a family here for 45 years! It’s going to take time, and in the meantime, we’re enjoying all the little discoveries we’re making in it almost daily. It’s slowly becoming our home, and we still can’t believe it’s ours.