Do you invest in your home? Here are my thoughts on why you should invest in your home in ways that really matter.
In my personal opinion when it comes to the family budget there are fewer more important things we can invest in than our home.
Our home is the place we spend the most time. It is where we eat and sleep and bathe and read and watch TV.
It is where we grow our kids and teach them to read, walk, write, play. It is where we entertain friends and family. It is where we cry and laugh and hide away when the world is tough. It is where we come home to at the end of the day to rest , relax and recuperate. It needs to be our happy place, our sanctuary.
Homes matter hugely and they need to be right – for us, not the style magazines or indeed even the Jones’s.
A happy home is not one that is necessarily full of the latest designer trends or the best vintage furniture. A happy home is one that works well for you and your family and that meets your needs in a psychological, emotional and practical way. These needs are not met by investing in the latest trendy rug or geometric cushions. These needs are not met by paining your walls in the ‘colour of the year’ as decided by an interior design team. These needs are best met by knowing who you are and knowing what you love.
My husband just loves music and so we have converted our teeny conservatory in to a room for his guitars, his piano and all his music and this makes him so happy. It also helps him relax and allows him to indulge a hobby he loves from the comfort of his own home ( which let’s be honest says a fortune on going out to indulge a love of music.)
For other people a garden makes their house a home and this is the area they invest in, knowing it will being them many hours of pleasure. Perhaps they will put their money in a shed to house their gardening tools, or even buy in a gardener in their later years to keep it looking lovely.
Other people just love to cook and to have a kitchen with a beautiful Aga stove or the latest mixer really will delight them. Beautiful crockery and a dining table they will keep forever and polish daily might just be what they choose to invest in. Maybe they will invest in a good extractor fan as they cook so much?
For me? Well I love relaxing in the tub with a good book and I like my bathrooms to be pristine and minimal with a few beautiful plants. The time and opportunities I get to relax are minimal so making sure I have my beautiful bathroom just right for me is very important to me. When I am older and find bathing tricky I will invest my money in a walk-in bath and continue to make my house work for me.
I think having a home you love and that meets these needs/passions is so much more important than having a stylish, on trend home and a so much better use of money.
Do you agree?