Welcome to the blog dear readers! Today’s guest post is written by Megan Wilson of Cowley, Wyoming. Megan is a friend to many always a bright spot in my day. I hope you enjoy her real life experience with renting a home.
I didn’t grow up dreaming about my dream rental that I would someday have, rather I always dreamed about my dream home I would own as an adult! I was raised in the same beautiful home that my parents brought me home from the hospital to! This was my normal and what I expected for myself as an adult. Life has some fun ways of throwing twists at you!
Through my College years and the first few years of married life I was a renter but always knew that being a home owner was my and my husband’s long-term goal. Fast forward 12 years, three handsome sons, 5 major moves across three state lines, and a career change for my husband, we found ourselves still as renters. Renting had been the best option for our young family and we still found ways to make our rentals feel like our own home. To learn more about how to make your rental your home you will want to read previous posts on this site.
Maybe this is just a downfall I have personally, but I’m hoping I’m not alone in this area (fingers crossed). Over the years as a renter I would purchase items that I thought I couldn’t live without and would be perfect for my someday dream home. I would then end up putting these items in storage since they didn’t have a place or need in our rental and then we had to move them several times. Talk about annoying! The magical day finally came when we purchased our dream home! I was so excited to finally unpack the treasures I had collected over the years of renting! Soon I found myself in a predicament. As we were moving into our new home I had several items that I couldn’t find a place for and some spaces in my new house that I needed to buy specific items for. If only I had waited to buy items specifically for my home when I became a homeowner.
May I suggest that if you are in the similar situation I was as a renter and planning on becoming a homeowner someday, start a “Dream Home Decorating Fund”. When you find yourself wanting to buy a treasure you have found for your someday home, pay yourself the money instead! This will take discipline, but it will all be worth it when the money starting to add up. Styles and home decor tends change and you will have a budget to decorate your new space to reflect your personality and style that fits you!