Part of the pleasure and privilege of homeownership is the requisite new name that Realtors and lenders conveniently omit from the disclosures at settlement. Once the keys are placed in the hands of the first-time buyer, he or she accepts the new appellation of Harry Homeowner. With this new name comes the pledge to visit Home Depot and/or Lowe's at least twice a month. In the case of a young married couple, the husband should not be surprised to find a permanent, ever-growing list affixed to the refrigerator (or elsewhere in plain sight) of Honey-Dos.
For illustration, take a look at the Cupit home. Tasks are added monthly, if not weekly, to the short and long-term needs-to-get-done list. Unfortunately, with two small children, birthday parties, baby showers, college football (and basketball), Saturday morning cartoons, and family outings, the list almost always takes a back seat to "more important" priorities. Yet, occasionally, a Saturday must be designated for tackling the list!
"We find we can get the most done when college sports are not a temptation," says Maren Cupit. She also says its a great blessing to have willing in-laws only an hour away. "We couldn't do it without the help of Papa K," says Cupit. "GG helps a ton too because she occupies the kids while the men are working."
This Saturday was hugely successful for the Cupits. Brad and Ken were able to fix a slow draining sink, repair an ever-running toilet, adjust the spring on the storm door, install enclosed blinds over the window in the front door, and repair the bed-post. The Cupits also report that it helps to have motivation. "My parents are going to be here in 2 weeks, and I really want to get some things around the house done before they arrive," reports Maren. The Cupits still have things to accomplish on their list, but they love the feeling of marking things off.