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  1. LoseWeightWithAng says

    I can vouch for the fact that you’ll always be fixing things. My list of things to do keeps getting longer! The more important stuff is taken care of mostly, so I’m saving up to tackle the cosmetic things now.

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahaha yes! The fixing is so annoying, but at the end of the day we can call ourselves amateur flipsters 😅
      Are you going to do a full transformation? Or just touch ups?

      • LoseWeightWithAng says

        I’ll only be making a few modifications. I have a forced-air furnace so I plan on replacing it in a few years with a ducted heat pump. That and I need new flooring upstairs and will soon need a few windows replaced. None of it is a big deal right now, but is going to be done eventually.

  2. Olivia says

    She’s back 🥳

    Such a great thing to read for me considering I am going to be going into that world soon! Thanks for sharing your insights on such an important topic for our generations!

  3. Helen says

    Well congratulations on buying your first home
    I think this applies for renting as well as buying. Definitely have to consider the size of the home you buy or rent because the bigger the space the more time and money you spend on it. Unless you can afford to pay for someone to come and clean your home, then definitely suggest just getting just enough space for your needs.

  4. Happy Panda says

    Congratulations on your new home!!!! Very valid points!!! I can’t imagine how you would have managed with a kid, a pet and white floors!! 🙈
    So good to see your post again. How have you been?

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks hun! Yeah it was wishful thinking. Kinda like how you always wash a new car then eventually you kinda get used to it being all dirty when the hype has gone 😂
      I’ve been good hun~ just trying to readapt to life back in the office, social events back in my life, play dates on the weekend, date nights reinstated, Bible studies… it’s a lot! I now enjoy times when I’m just lying in bed staring at the ceiling and can’t be bothered to write 🙈How have you been?

  5. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    Yes, size does matter! When we got married, we bought what would be considered a small home by today’s standards (although it’s twice the size of the house my parents raised 4 kids in but that’s a comment for another day). We always planned to upsize but never did. Now I’m happy. More house just means more stuff that you’ll eventually be faced with decluttering. It also means less money for other things in life.

    And there’s always something to do or fix. When we moved into our “pre-owned” house, we made a list of upgrades. By the time we got to the bottom of it, we had made another one. But that’s part of the fun.

  6. Suzanne- Happily Decluttered says

    Welcome back. I was wondering what you were up to! 🙂We bought a house with one bathroom and it isn’t a huge problem but one bathroom and five people can make for some frustrating situations. Needless to say, we have been discussing adding a second bathroom.

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahah I promise you it’s nothing… I’ve been up to nothing 🙈 But I’m back-ish. For real this time 😅
      Please do add another bathroom. I think with small kids it’s convenient but as they grow older, privacy and an extra bathroom is a must!

      • Suzanne- Happily Decluttered says

        Haha. Well, I’m glad you are back! I know we need a second bathroom. We are pretty much just working on the logistics of where it’s going to go, when it’s going to happen, and attempting to keep it as affordable as possible.

  7. petespringerauthor says

    Congratulations! Everything you say is true about home ownership. I’m 62 and my wife and I have owned two houses in our lifetimes, the second one for the last 25 years. I’m not particularly handy, so most fixes ended up taking far longer than they should have as I tried to do everything myself when we had no money. That said, our home was the only material thing that was important to me. Having rented when we were first married, it was a tradeoff I’ve never regretted.

  8. bosssybabe says

    My first home was a condo as a single late-20s single person! It was a 500sqft condo but it fit me and everything I needed! Then when my husband and I got married and were pregnant with Charlotte we traded in my condo for a modest home in the suburbs. It wasn’t new but wasn’t that old.

    We still had things we wanted to upgrade so we did that over the first 3 years of owning it. So far we’ve had some snaffus but nothing major. I definitely would do so many things differently especially the totally white bathrooms I designed! And you’re right, the more house the more cleaning!! I dread cleaning 4 bloody bathrooms!


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