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?
I’ll be back soon with more updates from the magical world of bungalow renovations. To catch up on what we’ve renovated so far, you can browse the “Our Bungalow Renovation” series.
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.
Such useful and informative tips. Thanks for sharing them all.
I hear ya girl!! It sounds daunting and I’m just reading about it. Hang in there, though. It will all be worth it!
Sara Kate Styling
You’re so close to being done. The final product is going to be so fabulous, you’ll forget how hard it really was!
Oh my…I hope the light is at the end of the tunnel. It will be so worth it. :)
This is so incredibly helpful! Remodeling and renovating can be so stressful, so it’s nice to look at the positives on the other side of the stress.
I feel you with the long list of to-do’s and the constant stress! I feel like when there’s a huge change happening in our lives, we really begin to appreciate the little moments that bring us joy. You’re almost there!
Class Meets Couture
Love number 11! Long baths are always wonderful!
Ah almost there :)
I can’t imagine how rewarding it will feel to finish! I can’t wait to see your home after the remodel!
Whenever I’m in the midst of a large, tedious project I always just think about why I decided to do it in the first place and it helps! I love home renos :)
I love looking forward and thinking of the rewards that a large project or life event will bring! After I get everything squared away for going back to school, I really want to take a vacation!
Your hard work and dedication is sure going to pay off and I can’t wait to see how your home turns out after the remodel!
Great post and all so true!
Yes! All the praise-hands emojis. We are living in an apartment right now but hoping to buy a house in the winter. We are so looking forward to having a place that is all our own and being able to actually host events in our house!