Today marks the fifth anniversary of becoming a first-time home owner and I can’t believe how quickly the time’s gone by! That day of getting my keys and walking into MY home were a dream come true. And honestly, it’s been pretty good ever since.
I’ve definitely learned a lot and have had to become more responsible as a home owner – things like emergency savings, property taxes, mortgages and strata bylaws. I’ve also completely changed how I feel about home. I love making changes, swapping out artwork, furniture and front patio decor often to keep it fresh and put my style stamp on it. Nothing feels permanent! I’m embracing color and light and I dare say, enjoying more time in the kitchen. I walk more, exploring the neighbourhood and love having little outdoor spaces. Living in a small home has also taught me to live with less and be more organized…all good stuff!
My plan at the time of purchase was to live in this tiny townhouse for 2 or 3 years and flip it to something bigger in a better neighbourhood. Ha! The real estate market hasn’t allowed me to do that yet but I’m still hopeful. And when that day comes, I know what features of my current home I’d like again:
- hardwood floors
- big windows with lots of trim
- a village type neighbourhood walking distance to groceries, parks and a Starbucks
I sure also know what I’d love to add next time around:
- a spare bedroom/studio space
- high ceilings
- a bit of fixing up to do
- and quiet or no neighbours!
For today, I’m celebrating the biggest purchase of my life with hanging flower baskets and a cocktail on the side patio! The best part of my home is that it’s mine. Now tell me – what’s the favourite part of your home?