What Are Your Home Priorities? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

What Are Your Home Priorities? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Adrienne Breaux
Sep 6, 2014
(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez)

What's important to you in a home? In a future home? For those who have put a lot of thought into those two things, it might seem silly to read a post about defining your home priorities. For others — where life, a job, family and more has made busy-ness the norm rather than the exception — it may be that you haven't sat down to really consider what's important to you in an home.

That's a mistake you should remedy as soon as you can. Anyone who's ever thought about the future knows that figuring out what you might want in ten years plays heavily into figuring out what you should be doing right now. Knowing now what your priorities are when it comes to making a home — from what it looks like to how big it is to where it's located to how often you fill it up with people — will help you make the decisions today that will get you your priorities (and maybe dream home) sooner.

This weekend ask yourself some of these questions to get closer to what your home priorities are:

1. What's more important to you...saving money now so you can afford a dream home later, or always having a home you love and adore?
If it's always important to you to have beautiful home, it might be worth it to spend money (as your budget allows) on the size and style of home you like right now. But if you have very specific (or lofty) dream home visions, it might be worth it to spend a few years making due in a smaller or less-stylish space so you can save money for the future.

2. What design elements are most important to your emotional well-being?
It sounds strange, but it took me a long time to realize I needed windows with views that look over trees. As a stay-at-home writer, I spend a lot of non-typing time gazing out over gently-swaying-in-the-breeze branches contemplating my next word choice. As an amateur birder, having a spot to put my feeders up and catch a glimpse of an elusive creature brings me a lot of joy. What do you need to be your happiest? Big windows? Wood floors? Ample space?

3. What do you value more, quiet time with yourself or spending time with friends and loved ones in your home?
If you spend a few too many nights solo Netflix-ing and feel a little too lonely in your house sometimes, you might consider reaching out to share your home with friends more.

4. Is being able to find what you need when you need it important to you?
Because if you're particularly bothered by the stress of always having to look for things you need and you haven't been spending a lot of time on organization, you might want to consider changing those habits now.

5. Is being regularly clean important to you?
We stress cleaning one's home a lot around here, but the truth is, time is limited for many people. Maybe you'd prefer spending time with your kids than scrubbing the kitchen floor every week. Or maybe you do value it but want to invest money in a cleaning service or perhaps even experimenting to find a more efficient cleaning routine.

6. Does anything feel like it's missing from your life at home?
When was the last time you stopped to think about what your home was lacking? Do you do as many DIY projects as you'd like? Do you entertain as much as you fantasize about? Do you sleep well enough?

Have you put a lot of thought into your home priorities — what you value in a home? What questions have you asked yourself to figure out what's most important to you?

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