Let’s be honest: I am looking forward to living in a house that will not force me to make a gazillion daily trips up and down stairs.
Seems trivial in the big scheme of things, but after nearly a year of living in a rental townhouse with two stories, I have gained a new appreciation for one-level homes.
This recent realization sparked an interesting thought, though, which lead to the inception of this article.
Maybe you’re not remodeling a house. Maybe you’re still in college looking forward to finally graduating and entering the “real world.” Maybe you recently got engaged looking forward to life after the wedding. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom looking forward to finally getting out of the house and returning to work.
Whatever stage of life you’re in, you’re likely looking forward to the start of something else – something new and exciting, a new chapter. And while I’m the biggest proponent of appreciating the here and the now, it’s equally important to step back and evaluate what this period of transition – whatever it may be for you – is teaching you, and the newfound appreciations you’ve gained from it.
So I got to thinking, what else am I looking forward to once the bungalow remodel is finished?
Let’s go ahead and address the obvious. If you’ve spent nearly a year remodeling a house like we have, chances are you’re looking forward to it finally being finished.
But are there other, less-obvious things you’re anticipating and looking forward to?
Research shows that anticipation is actually good for you – assuming you can keep anxiety out of the equation. So without further ado, besides no longer having to climb stairs multiple times a day, here are 12 things I’m looking forward to after the house remodel is finally finished.
1. Finally having some free time to spend as I please.
2. Once again hosting constant get-togethers at our place.
3. Not having to pay rent on top of a mortgage.
4. Possibly going on a vacation – or at least having the option to do so.
5. Expanding the blog content beyond the bungalow remodel.
6. Not being sleep-deprived, hungry and exhausted all the time.
7. No longer having to keep track of 100 to-do lists.
8. Spending more time with friends and family.
9. The return of regular date nights.
10. Cooking meals in our new kitchen.
11. Taking long baths in our vintage clawfoot tub.
12. Having out-of-town friends stop by and have a place to spend the night. (*Praise hands* for two guest bedrooms!)
What is one thing (or 12!) you are looking forward to in the near future?
For more interior design inspiration and advice, check out 10 Small Kitchen Design Ideas to Maximize Space, My House Wish List, Home Renovation Checklist, 10 Best Home Decor Websites to Bookmark Now, and 10 DIY Projects to Add Character to Your Home.