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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.

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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.

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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 BlackMoldRemoval.com).

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.

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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.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Loren Kerns via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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