I’ve no had my house for just over two months and there are a lot of things I’ve started to notice that I was unprepared for. I received a lot of advice and information from people about what my life would be like after I bought the house, but they left a lot out!
- People will gift you plants. Never in my life have I been capable of keeping a plant alive. I doubt that home ownership will change that, but people are pretty insistent that I will “love” and “enjoy” taking care of plants.
- Paint colors are very polarizing. Guys, people either LOVE or HATE the paint colors you chose. I usually have a vision in my head of exactly what I want and know it when I see it, so not everyone is able to see my end goal, but that doesn’t stop them from commenting.
- Paint is expensive. To paint one room, ceiling, walls and trim can easily cost you a couple hundred dollars. While this is a relatively inexpensive way to update a room, it’s still a chunk of change!
- Your mother will comment EVERY SINGLE TIME she comes over that she does not like the tablecloth you have in the dining room. I know it’s meant for fall, Mom, but it’s not a high priority right now.
- Building on that – everyone will have different ideas of what projects and purchases should be high priority versus medium or low priority. Don’t worry; they’ll be sure to tell you what they think.
- Friends and family will invite themselves over. Never mind that you said you’re going to be actively working on a project. They’ll only be over for several hours that fall during a meal so you have to dedicate a few hours to the visit.
- Organizing at a new place is hella hard. Just when I figured out the best setup for all my clothes in my closet and dressers, I moved, getting new closets and dressers. Two months later and I still haven’t unpacked suitcases. (This is a testament that I own a lot of stuff, but also that I’ve been wearing the same 3 pairs of pants in rotation…)
- You’ll learn to love or hate your neighbors. All of my neighbors have been friendly and kind people. Some of them have been overly friendly, making me feel a little guilty that I don’t want immediate BFFdom with them.
- Neighbors – people get really particular about their parking spots, even when it’s totally public parking.
- Everyone has the *best* place to get *insert object you do NOT need here* regardless of the fact that you say you don’t really need that.
Anybody else find things no one told you would happen once you finally made your way into a certain situation?