February 23, 2007

Thoughts on Home Ownership

I've only been a homeowner for six months now, yet it amazes me how much my thought focus has changed in that short amount of time. I knew I'd feel differently about our house than our rented apartment, but I underestimated the extent to which my mind would shift.

A few examples.

Change, when I was renting:

Penny, Nickel, Dime, Laundry Token

Change, as a homeowner:

Money left after mortgage payment

Other things I've noticed:

  • I go to sleep early on Friday nights, so that I'll wake up early on Saturday morning to get stuff done.
  • I'm willing to paint anything with just a few minutes notice.
  • I can spend hours watching This Old House.
  • I've started saying very grown-up things, like "Someone should really do something about these property taxes," and "We need to salt that sidewalk before someone slips and hurts themselves"

All in all, it's a great experience, but I haven't decided if I like how adult-like it makes me feel. I still think of myself as a college student. I'm like a walking frosted mini wheats commercial

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go yell at the people driving too fast down my street.

Posted by Kevin at February 23, 2007 12:46 PM

Kevin, well said. I fully agree with all thoughts on the subject. It is amazing how many less laundry tokens one has after a mortgage payment, taxes, unplanned leaky chimneys, garage door repairs, new bathroom fan, basement repairs, furnace tune-ups, retinting of the wrong color paint...

Posted by: Joel at March 1, 2007 10:01 PM
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