5 things I’ve learnt since becoming a homeowner

We moved into our first home a year ago. I can’t believe we’ve actually been living in our own home for a year! It’s scary where the time goes. I still remember unpacking all of the boxes and putting everything into its place as if it was yesterday. Becoming a homeowner can be really daunting. A lot of the time you’ll be moving out of your parent’s house and taking on the responsibility of adulthood. It’s a massive change and takes some getting used to. These are my top 5 things I’ve learnt since becoming a homeowner.

Something always needs doing

I thought once we had finished all of the renovating and moved in then we could just relax and everything would be done. How wrong was I? There’s always something on the list that needs sorting whether it be ordering photos to put in frames, taking the duvet to the laundrettes or cleaning the oven. It never stops. Our latest project is to sort our garden out, we’re going to paint the fences, put some chippings down and get some flowers to add a dash of colour.

Never just accept the renewal price for bills

As we’ve just hit the year mark we’ve reached the point where all of our contracts for TV, internet etc are due for renewal. Never just accept the price they tell you. Virgin Media tried to put the cost of my TV, Internet and phone up by £35 a month! I called them to say I wasn’t willing to pay that much and I managed to get £25 knocked off the price. Bills are expensive and any savings you can get are a huge blessing!

Meal planning is the way forward

I’ve actually written a whole blog post on mealing planning and why I swear by it which you can read here. I work 10 hour days and the last thing I want to be thinking about when I get home is what to cook for tea. I write a meal plan at the weekend for the following week and then go to a supermarket to buy everything I need for the week. I always try to cook quick and easy meals for after work. Meal planning saves me time but the main thing I love is that it saves money. Instead of wandering around Tesco putting anything in the trolley; I have a list and buy what I actually need.

Going home at the end of the day is the best feeling

I can’t even express how amazing it is to have your own house and your own space. After a long day at work, there’s nothing I love more than going home to somewhere I can call my own. I’ve always been a home bird and home always feel like my safe place. Lighting a candle and sitting down on the sofa in the evening is such a bliss feeling. Also coming home from a holiday and being back to your own comforts is amazing.

Having a fur baby is the best

We adopted Pudsey December 2018 and he’s honestly one of the best things about this home. I always had cats growing up at my parent’s house and it felt really lonely when we first moved into our home. I was so used to walking through the door to my parent’s house to be greeted by a little fluffy bundle of joy and I really missed this. Pudsey brings so much life into our home. He has the most wonderful personality and is such a little darling!

Hope you enjoyed!

Charlotte xx


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  • Lozza

    Congrats! It’s such a wonderful feeling isn’t it!
    You’re so right about there’s always something to be done, it never ends!

    Oh and Pudsey is adorable! 😊

    Love Lozza xo

    June 16, 2019 at 8:48 AM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      It’s definitely a wonderful feeling! Yep, he is rather cute! xx

      June 16, 2019 at 2:52 PM Reply
  • Lauren

    Congratulations on buying your own home! So amazing! I am hoping to be in a position to do this one day. Your kitchen looks beautiful. Aww Pudsey is so sweet! I have 2 cats and 3 dogs! Thank you for sharing xx

    June 16, 2019 at 12:04 PM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      I’m sure you’ll be in the position one day. It was a lot of hard work saving the money but we got there in the end! 🙂 xx

      June 16, 2019 at 2:53 PM Reply
  • Soph

    Aww your kitty is so cute, I definitely agree with that point. These are all such handy lessons and I definitely need to work on meal planning- I’m terrible for it!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    June 16, 2019 at 12:06 PM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      Thank you, he’s lovely bless him! Meal planning is definitely my life saviour, I’d be so unorganised if I didn’t meal plan haha xx

      June 16, 2019 at 2:54 PM Reply
  • Tammy L Breitweiser

    Great post!!!

    June 16, 2019 at 1:03 PM Reply
  • Kristin Harris/Tales From Home

    I can definitely commiserate with there always being something to do! It seems like as soon as you finish ones project the next one comes up! It’s not always a bad thing but it definitely keeps you on your toes!

    June 16, 2019 at 3:14 PM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      100% agree! It never seems to stop, I guess it’s nice to keep busy though 😃 xx

      June 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM Reply
  • Laura at Palette of Thoughts

    Another fantastic post!! We’re currently waiting to move into our first home and I’m so excited, so reading this was a great heads up!! Also cannot wait to adopt a kitty once we’re all settled! XXX

    June 22, 2019 at 9:17 AM Reply
  • Jordanne | Ofaglasgowgirl

    Congratulations on getting your own home, that must have felt amazing. I’m always finding something else to do, it feels like the list never ends! And I agree, having a fur baby is the best! Such cities who brighten any day.

    Jordanne || thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    September 1, 2019 at 3:47 PM Reply
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