10 Things Only Homeowners Understand

10 Things Only Homeowners Understand

Owning your own home is a wonderful thing, but it can also be a curse. With home ownership comes tremendous responsibility, but there are few things as rewarding as coming home from work to a home that you own. Avoiding a noisy apartment building is a beautiful thing. If you are a homeowner, you will relate to the following. If you are a wannabe homeowner, these are some of the things you have to look forward to.

1. You actually start to like housework

Remember how much you hated housework when you lived in an apartment? That will likely change when you have your own home. This is because you take more pride in a home that you actually own and care about.


2. You want to know your neighbors

Often, when living in an apartment, the last thing you want to do is get to know the strange (and noisy) neighbors. When you have a home of your own, you want to get to know your neighbors. After all, you will likely be neighbors for many years, so you may as well get over the awkward introductions now.

3. You regularly make others take their shoes off

While you never cared about the carpets in your apartment, you will certainly make sure that no one will walk on your floors with their outside shoes on. After all, you don’t want your floors damaged, and you certainly don’t want extra cleaning to do.


4. You know the hardships of dealing with nasty mold

All kinds of problems can crop up for homeowners, including mold issues. This is not something that you want to leave for another day as mold can lead to serious health issues. You’ll have to deal with it at some point or another, so don’t be shy to contact experts to deal with the issue if need be (try

5. You never have spending money

While you may have had a bit of extra money to spend on fun stuff while you were a renter, don’t expect to have extra cash as a homeowner. In addition to mortgage payments, you also have to pay for insurance and property taxes — which will eat up that extra money.


6. You have become quite handy

You no longer have a landlord to fix things when they break. From now on, you’ll have to quickly learn how to repair things, or have a good handy person on speed dial.

7. You spend a lot of money on “stuff”

You don’t just move into a house and expect to be set for life. Even if you have a house full of furniture and appliances, at some point you are going to have to replace these items and spend a few grand along the way.


8. You are tied to one place

If you once lived the gypsy lifestyle of moving frequently, it will be nice to have a permanent place to live. But, you may get that old wanderlust every so often and get bored — this is when a vacation is a must.

9. You hate your house (at some point or another)

After a while, you will likely resent having mortgage payments. This can easily cause some feelings of hatred toward your house for a period. Luckily, these feelings will pass as you become a better budgeter and learn to absorb the expenses.

10. You have had a work in progress

Most homes, even if they are listed as being move-in ready, will not be completely ready for you. In fact, it may take several years of work to get the house to be exactly what you have always dreamed of. Remember, it’s a work-in-progress, and the final result will be more than worth the effort.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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