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!