We are in the process of house hunting. This is thrilling, nerve-wracking, time-consuming, and inspiring all at the same time. I find myself making lists of my wants and dreams and then re-categorizing these lists time and time again. A nice block with trees, near a good school, an extra bedroom for office space, a yard, a place to park, a dishwasher (bless my husband who, for the past nine months, has washed too many bottles to count!) …the list is written and rewritten over and over again. I spent Sunday traveling to various open houses and by the end of the day my head was spinning!
I am keeping a notebook where I organize basic information such as neighborhoods, listing prices, bedrooms / bathrooms, open house dates, and my impressions. You can even find some color-coded post-its in there! It’s funny how some of my “nonnegotiables” can drop a little further down the list once I become fond of a house.
Simultaneously, we are preparing to put my childhood home on the market. I have many memories of the home my mother made for us, and I find myself thinking about that a lot during this search. What are the home traditions I want to replicate for my daughter and what new ones do I want to create. In the past year, I have found this old saying really does ring true: When one door closes, another one opens.
Going through this process is strangely reminding me of my single days when I was looking for the perfect mate. In a similar fashion I had my lists – everything he had to be, and everything he couldn’t be. But in the end, I knew when I knew, and my husband cannot be reduced to a wish list, as I suspect perhaps my future home can’t be either. So maybe this organizer should just throw caution (or at least my notebook) to the wind and realize that perhaps it will just be a feeling I will get and I will know I am home.
Are you house hunting? Leave a comment…what are your “must haves”? Are you in a starter home? What are the things you want in your next house? Are you in your forever home? What are the things you thought you wanted, but realize that they didn’t matter as much?
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