Taking care of things you love should never be a chore, especially your home. Do you remember the first time you saw your home? Remember feeling that THIS was where your family’s memories were going to be made? But now, maybe you’re not so enamored with your home. Keeping up with it seems difficult and even boring at times. We need to get you to fall in love with your home — again. People always say that they HATE cleaning, but what they really mean is that they have fallen out of love with their home. Here are some simple steps to help you get you back into the frame of mind that will make you want to take care of your home.
Like any relationship, you have to work at it. Take some time to reconnect with your home. Try to remember the first time you saw your home. Do you remember all the things that you loved about it? Since then, your home may need some tender loving care, so take some time to think about a few small things you can work on. Maybe you just need a “date night” with your home. Spend a little time working on a project that really needs to be done: painting chipped trim, waxing a dingy hardwood floor or even just rearranging some furniture.
Be grateful for what you have. Foreclosure and bankruptcy are taking homes away from families every day. Give your home a big “hug” and be thankful that you have a place where your family can enjoy each other’s company and make memories. Taking care of something this important shouldn’t be a chore.
Think about which room your family spends the most time in, then start sprucing it up. If your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, then start by deep cleaning the entire room. Wash down the cabinets, clean and polish the furniture and spend a little money on fresh flowers for the table. After all, this room is the heart of your home.
Take a few minutes to make a list of things that your home really needs. They don’t need to be expensive, just some things that need to be done. Then commit to working on one item each month. Make 2013 the year of the home — your home! Start working on these things and you’ll find you may actually be back in love with that house you call home.
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