Since it’s been over two months since Ryan and I moved into our new house, I guess I’m a bit overdue for a Millennial Home Owner update. Last month, I talked about expectations versus harsh realities that come to light during the first month of home ownership. Frankly, month two isn’t much different, however: it comes with a newly found sense of acceptance that shit’s gonna take a while to all come together.
Our second month of home ownership has been a bit surreal; I feel some discomfort over the fact that we’re not fully set up yet. That being said, as much as we’re not fully unpacked, we are settled as much as we need to be, and that likely won’t change until we’re ready to take on the room, (which still contains all of our displaced crap), and various boxes and bags scattered around the house. I remember the first week we were living here, Ryan very sweetly told me not to stress about the boxes because, “one time when I moved, it took me a whole year to fully unpack…” I proceeded to freak out at the prospect. As we’re now into month two, that suddenly seems perfectly okay. I am not ready to face the chaos just yet – I’d happily wait a year to finish unpacking…
As far as decor is concerned I would say that overall we’re finished decorating, (even though we still have 80% of our art to hang), again we’re in no rush. Our home feels comfortable in its eclecticism and we’re really happy with how it’s progressed. I recently had to make an oath not to only Ryan, but to myself to refrain from visiting Home Sense over the next few months. In month two I developed a bad habit of always coming home with a purchase that we “needed.” Be it flower pots, kitchen utensils, coat hangers, you name it – I was constantly filling the house with stuff. I finally understand what nesting feels like – tweet tweet! Now I’ve focused my energy on the opposite, purging a brand new house, making donation runs, and making due with what we currently have – which is more than enough might I add.
One of the trickiest parts of home ownership is getting into a rhythm as far as finances and maintenance go. In month two I set up all of our bill payments, and we started to get into the rhythm of our payment schedules – we also mastered our garbage schedule and have only messed it up once. *Life hack: when in doubt, copy your neighbours. Now that we’ve received our first round of utility bills and know what to expect, this month I plan on setting up automatic withdrawals for all of our utilities. As far as maintenance goes, I’ve fallen into some kind of cleaning pattern, all thanks to my mini dyson stick vac (seriously though I am in LOVE with it, AND I got it on sale at walmart for $250!), and we decided to er on the side of caution by having all the little things checked out by pros. For example we contacted Reliance Home Comfort for a pre-summer furnace tune-up that only cost $79! That’s the thing with purchasing a new-to-you home; you never really know the previous owners maintenance schedule – so it’s best to make your own!
All of that aside, by far our biggest undertaking was deciding to renovate our basement bathroom… Holy shit. We are still far far far from being done, but oh my god is it going to be spa-level gorgeous. We got beautiful bathroom tile from the Home Depot, (whom I happily support as our closest location has the most wonderful staff), and a drool-worthy rain shower head from wayfair.com! Although I’m so excited to see the finished product, if we’ve learned anything it’s that we will NEVER DIY AGAIN, (real talk, it’s SO MUCH WORK). My one piece of advice on the reno front, is to make sure you’re not biting off more than you can chew… I never would have thought we’d need a jackhammer to redo our bathroom… but we did and here we are. Luckily we have the resources to finish it this go around, but in the future I think we’ll stick to DIY-ing aesthetic stuff like painting, and… well, maybe just painting.
So, month two is fun in the sense that you really get to see your space come to life, and start enjoying it. Figuring out the best way to organize your bills and maintenance schedule will depend 100% on the kind of person you are, so stick to a system you KNOW works for you! Even though there’s probably still a lot to unpack and set up, try to take some time to really live in your home!
*A full before and after basement bathroom transformation post to come when it’s complete!
Until next time,