Monday, April 18, 2011

A Beautiful Weekend for...Being Lazy

This past weekend was beautiful down here in the ATL. The weather was absolutely perfect—the epitome of springtime. There were so many festivals going on and everyone was out…it was just love all around.

Needless to say, with all that was going on in the city I hardly had the desire to work on the dozen + projects on my to-do list.

Yard work? Nah, no thanks.

Painting trim? Um, I think I’ll pass.

Fixing the attic for storage and moving all the junk from the outside storage shed into the attic? You must be joking.

I have to admit I felt a little bit guilty about doing absolutely nothing to the house but I reasoned that I needed a break and a weekend to relax and enjoy all the work I have already completed. And I must say it felt fantastic.

So my advice to my fellow Type A new homeowners out there? It’s okay if things aren’t perfect right away. It may take a few months (yes, I said months) for everything to get put away, painted, or fixed, but there is plenty of time for all those things to get done.  In fact, I’ve found it’s probably best to live in your house a little—move pictures and furniture around a bit, try paint swatches on the wall and let them linger for a day or two before you decide which to choose—it’s all part of the fun of learning the quirks and charms of your new place and what works best for the way you live. After all, you only own your first home once and you might as well enjoy all the feelings associated with it—from the thrill of decorating the way you want to the stress of asking what-do-I-have-to-write-a-check-for-now?

I still smile when I walk from room to room and think: “This is mine. I can’t believe this is all mine!” I feel like such an adult and I can’t help feeling so proud of myself. Owning a house is a life step that has been unexpectedly pleasing so far (should I knock on wood? I think so…just in case). And so I say, so what if I decide to take a weekend off? My house certainly won’t judge me. Hopefully we have a long, happy life ahead of us to get all the dirty work done.

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