When we bought this house 17 years ago, my father said, “If you are going to make any changes, renovations or replace things do it sooner rather than later. The sooner you make the improvements, the longer YOU will enjoy them.”
That has stuck with me all of these years. Within the first year, we replace all the linoleum with Pergo hardwood flooring. We often put money in the house those first few years because I wanted to enjoy the improvements as long as possible!
When my father passed away, I remodeled our kitchen. I love it and it reminds me of him every day. In his lifetime, he designed quite a few remodeling projects at our home, family members’ homes and a few businesses we frequented.
The kitchen reminds me of his design skills and also his philosophy to not put off to tomorrow what you can do today.
Now, I understand that many people will never remodel their kitchens, but there are a lot of household maintenance tasks that we tend to put off… way too long.
Case in point? This shower has needed to be caulked for 6 months.
This house is 28 years old. Apparently, that’s how long handles last, because all our door handles look like this.
But it’s more than just maintenance. It’s style.
I am changing my decorating style. I thought matting a “large” family picture would make this wall look better – um, no.
I have been told large fake trees (this one literally from the 80’s) are out.
And this copier is mocking me. How many posts have I put this copier in? It hasn’t worked for almost a year now, and I keep saying it’s going. Really?! When?
I bet you have things like this in your house, too…items you walk by every day and say, “I need to get to that.” Now, I am not saying that everything needs to be perfect in my house, but seriously, I should be able to get a copier thrown away and the shower caulked in less than a year!
So, I am going to start at my front door and walk through my whole house with a clipboard.
I am making lists of things that need to be repaired, replaced or remodeled.
What about you? What needs attention at your house?