First Time Running A Home and Garden? Key Realities To Remember in 2020

Often, home and garden management advice is targeted towards people who are hoping to improve their existing management style. This, of course, is incredibly useful. Even experts will want to sharpen their skills and learn new hacks and tricks that make caring for their garden and home even simpler.

However, when you are managing a home and garden for the very first time, the plethora of advice for established homemakers is not particularly useful. First-timers are far more likely to be confused and feel overwhelmed when confronted with the sheer amount of work that goes into running their home and outdoor space, which means that the standard advice needs to be tweaked for their circumstances— and that’s what we’re going to do today.

So, here’s what you need to remember when you’re caring for a house and garden of your own for the first time…

Your home and garden will never look perfect

There’s no doubt this can be difficult to accept, especially when we’re surrounded by images of perfect homes and gardens on social media. However, it’s important to remember that these images are not reality, and your home and garden are never going to be perfect.

Why is it important to keep this in mind? Simple: so you have realistic expectations. If you strive for the kind of perfection seen on Instagram, then you’re going to fall short, because the photos on Instagram aren’t real. They’re all cut, modified, cropped, and otherwise tinkered with to give an impression of perfection that doesn’t really exist. So don’t expect your home and garden to be able to live up to something that isn’t accurate to begin with— do your best, and take pride in your efforts, but the odd weed or slightly dirty tile isn’t a sign of failure.

You’ll realize you don’t know what you’re doing

It’s incredibly rare these days for people to be taught “homemaking” skills, or given gardening lessons, as part of their general education. As a result, when it comes to managing to care for a home and garden, we’re all novices when we begin.

This means that you’ll make mistakes when you’re first caring for a home and garden of your own; it’s inevitable, but it’s also not the end of the world. Just remember that asking for help and seeking more information yourself is simple, so you’ll be able to remedy your problem in no time at all. There’s plenty of sources that can help teach you what you need to know; cleaning tips are commonly featured across a range of websites, and there’s great gardening and outdoor care tips featured on the likes of Yard and Garage. If you find you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t panic: just get online, find the solution, and then implement it— and then relax, safe in the knowledge you have added another string to your bow!

It’s inevitable you’ll make a mistake that irreparably damages something

You’re new to this, and that means that — even with all the research in the world — there’s a chance you are going to damage something beyond repair. It might be making a mistake with the amount of weedkiller you can use and killing a plant, or leaving stain remover on so long it damages the material you were trying to clean, or it could be something else entirely— the point is that it will happen.

There’s no doubt that when it does happen, it can dent your confidence. However, as we’ve discussed, it’s vital to remember that you don’t just inherently know how to do these tasks— and nor can you learn everything in a short space of time. All you can do is remember what you did wrong so you know to avoid it in future, and then try to do your best next time.

You’ll discover something you’ve been doing is harmful to the environment

This is never a pleasant experience, especially if you generally try to take steps to ensure that your life and home is as green as possible— but it will happen. You’ll idly be browsing online one day and then suddenly you’ll stumble across information that suggests a cleaning or maintenance habit you have been engaging with is actually bad for the environment, wildlife, or both.

As an example, did you know that many of the conventional cleaning products you can buy in stores are actually bad for the environment? Don’t worry; you’re far from alone. While it’s difficult to discover that something you have been doing while caring for your home and garden is bad for the world at large, it’s important to try and see this information as a positive. Why? Simple: now you know about it, you can fix it. For example, you could try using homemade environmentally-friendly cleaning products, or working on your garden to make it more wildlife friendly.

You’ll get bored

Finally, a moment that you will absolutely reach, but which might surprise you all the same. You may have once looked forward to the idea of caring for your own home and, particularly, your own garden.

However, you will soon discover that this kind of caregiving is relentless. While it may be enjoyable at times — and it’s certainly wonderful when you see your garden blooming or your house sparkling with cleanliness — it’s also time-consuming, exhausting, and whatever the opposite of glamorous is. So no matter how much you were anticipating you’d love caring for your home and garden, you will get bored eventually, as the novelty wears off.

The best way to handle this is to focus on the good, satisfying moments; these alone can make all the other effort you make feel like it is 100% worth it.

In conclusion

Now you have an idea of what to expect for your first time running a home and garden, you should be able to take to the process like a duck to water. And remember: take your time, learn slowly, and always be willing to give yourself a break if things don’t go well. No one gets their home and garden maintenance right every time, so don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to manage the impossible!

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