I know, such a generic title, but it was all I could come up with! I said I was going to kick this project off on Monday, but I have had my M-I-L in town and decided to potty train my two year old…need I say more? They have both required my undivided attention, so today is the day, and I am so excited! Here’s the low down:
Five years ago we lived in Arkansas and bought a house. Two years later we moved to Utah. This last October we moved back to Arkansas, back into our old house, but only temporarily (about one more year). We moved all our belongings into a condo in Utah, and I only brought four boxes with me here to Arkansas. For realz. I allowed one suitcase for each of us to take clothing, my kids only being carry-on size. I have to say that not being surrounded by all the clutter I thought I needed has been liberating to say the least. I really need to do a whole series on it, I have learned so much from the experience. All the “stuff” I thought I had to have…turns out I don’t! I can’t wait to go back to Utah and throw 90% of everything away. Anyhoo, back to the house.
It’s the house we brought our son home from the hospital to. It’s the house he took his first steps in. It is the house that all my friends here on TMH would come and hang out at. It holds so many of my favorite memories, yet it doesn’t feel like home. We will only be here for another year, and will be putting it on the market here in a few months, so I just haven’t allowed myself to get attached. It is filled with furniture that I didn’t pick out and there is nothing hanging on the walls that makes me smile. Except my new shelves :). While I don’t want to fill it up with a bunch of stuff, I have plenty of that in Utah, I do want it to feel like a happy place that feels a little more like home. I can’t spend too much money, and I have to keep in mind that we will be putting it on the market soon – I can’t get too wild ;).
So that is what this project is about. Making my house a home, one that makes me happy, all the while getting it ready to sell. It has made me happy just thinking about it! Really, I have been super bummed about the situation, feeling rather sorry for myself. I am just ready to dig in and do something about it, regardless of my situation. I more than likely won’t live in one place for too long and it is time I learn how to love a home and make it mine even if it’s just for a short time. I need to stop thinking “one day”!
The postings for this series will be sporadic, no real schedule. I promise I won’t let it take over the site! There will still be plenty of non-house stuff going on around here. I will start with Leni’s room and move my way through. I am going to ask your opinion on just about everything, in hopes to get a point of view from a buyer’s perspective. I can’t wait!
So how about you, do you live in a house that just doesn’t feel like home? Maybe a rental, or a house that is for sale?