But fear not! Don't be so hasty to turn your back on everything you've invested in this relationship so far--there's still time to fall back in love with your spouse--er, I mean, house--all over again, and in honor of Valentine's Day, here's how!
- Take time to reconnect. Our homes age and change over time. Just like our cars (or us, for that matter) they require regular maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. And just like our bodies--junk in, junk out. So show your home a little TLC at least once a month and be rewarded for years to come. Think of it as date night.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate! Listen closely to your home, it's constantly sending you signals and telling you what it needs. Watch for signs of deterioration or wear and remedy situations before they become major issues.
- Commit to getting out of your rut. Shake things up a little and make a change. It doesn't even have to be that big--paint a wall, get a new throw rug or change out the curtains in your least favorite room of the house. You might be surprised at the results.
- Take action. Maybe you've been neglecting your home a bit. Take some time to clean furnace filters, empty dryer vents and vacuum refrigerator coils. When your home runs more efficiently, you save money--and well, who doesn't love that?! (Not to mention that dust and debris built-up can also be a fire hazard).
- Don't forget to have fun! What were your favorite parts of your home when you moved in? Was it the sun room? The gourmet kitchen? The master soaker tub? Take the day to do something in your favorite homey spot. Yes, chores need to be done, but sometimes, it's just time to curl up in your favorite spot and read a book, soak in the tub, or make some Valentine's Day cookies.