If I owned the house we live in now, I would change SO many things. But, it's not my house, it's my landloard's, so it's not practical for me to make it into the house of my dreams. However, there are some things that are worth it to me.
There are times when I let things that bug me about the house sit & sit & sit because I'm thinking, it's only a rental, this isn't my responsibility, I don't want to put money into it. But then it continues to get worse or it continues to get on my nerves so much that I finally just have to get the thing done & be done with it. See my front yard landscaping project.
But then there are other times when I really want to change something, but doing so just wouldn't be in my best interest, or there are things that would be better for me to put my time into first. For example, when we needed to change our smoke detector, bathroom fan & tub grout all around the same time. It was important to do the smoke detector & fan first & wait a bit on the grout for safety reasons.
Sometimes I want to do something big, like paint the whole house or get new furniture for various rooms. Usually when have a lot of larger projects I want to get done, I find myself prioritizing the living areas of our house more than the sleeping areas or the office. I want the space that we're in the most to be the cleanest, prettiest, and have the best of what we've got. So I prioritize those areas & work on projects that effect those areas first.
Maybe you really want to feel comfortable when you go to bed though. Or maybe you have a new baby on the way & want to prioritize the nursery. Everyone is different, but I think it's nice to be able to know where your priorities lie & be able to focus on getting those priorities worked on before shifting to look at the other areas of your home that are easier for you to live with.
What are your priority areas in your home? Is it the living space like me or do you prioritize another area? Kitchen? Bathroom, Master bedroom? Kids/babies room?
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