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Today, I answer the burning question, why “The Number Three”?
It’s been three years since we moved into The 1929 House!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years already. In some ways, I feel like we’ve lived here forever; in others, I feel like we moved in yesterday. I also realize that I say this every year at this time! (Hey, I’m consistent!)
It’s funny – when I started writing this post, which was at the beginning of August, when it truly was three years almost exactly since we moved in, I had the following theme for this post:
I am going to stop fighting with this house.
What do I mean by that? I mean that I love my house, but there are parts of it that aren’t what I want them to be.
Our kitchen cabinets are in bad shape – the paint is peeling off (I didn’t paint them!) and they don’t all close properly. I’d love to have a bigger kitchen, especially when I’m hosting not only the holidays this year, but the whole family coming in at the beginning of next year for my son’s bar mitzvah! Our laundry room, just off the kitchen, backs up to my kids’ rooms and it is LOUD. The washer makes so much noise, I can’t do laundry at night when the kiddos are asleep. There’s more in other rooms, too. It’s like I have a running list.
Nothing terrible. Nothing urgent. Just “wants.” And I have to stop.
Because what’s happened as a result of thinking about how the house could be better is that I feel like the house is never good.
I constantly feel like it’s never finished or organized or straight. And this drives me insane. And I want that to stop.
Now, I said above that this was the theme of this post when I started writing it all those weeks ago. Since then, our bathroom skylight has leaked (again – third time), a window’s sash is rotted out and the whole window has to be replaced, and our garbage disposal broke and had to be replaced.
Again, nothing terrible. But arg.
I’m sticking with the theme of “I’m going to stop fighting with my house” because I will stop focusing on the things that don’t have to be fixed. We have to stop the leak. We have to fix the window sash (before critters or water gets in). We had to replace a very old garbage disposal.
But I’m going to stop making lists of the “wants” of what’s not done in our house. Don’t get me wrong – the list of parts of my house I want to blow up and replace is still there. But I won’t be so fixated on it that I can’t see the beauty of our home that’s there now.
“But wait,” I hear you say. “You have a DIY/home blog. What in the world are you going to write about then?!?”
One of my best friends is building a house from scratch right now. She was telling me all about the process and showing me photos – it is so cool. I said to her, “How exciting to be able to build a house exactly the way you want it!”
That struck me.
I’ve always lived in old houses. I’ve never built a house from scratch. But I’ve turned old houses into houses that end up exactly the way I want them. So, it occurred to me, why can’t I do that in this house as it is? Why can’t I live within the parameters and budget of what we have and make this house exactly what I want?
That’s exactly what this blog is about. It’s what it’s always been about, actually: how to make a house into a home, merging old and new, using what you have in different or new ways, DIYing and decorating to make the house you want. I just needed that “a ha!” moment to realize it and refocus.
Our home is beautiful. I love our home. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
So there you go: the end, the beginning, and the number three. In sum, it means a fresh way of thinking about the blog and about my home. I hope you’ll continue to join me as I continue to make our home beautiful – on a budget, re-using and re-purposing what we have when we can, and making it functional and organized at the same time.
(FYI: The Friday Five will return next week.)