Listen up folks, it's 2013. I don't know about you, but that number sounds scary high to me. Remember when we were all worried about Y2K and wondering if the new millennium officially started in 2000 or 2001? That was 13 years ago; babies born then are now teenagers! So what does that mean for you? It means YOLO (you only live once), so fix up your rental already. I know, it's a rental, but seriously, you live there. Are you actively house-hunting right now? Yes? Then why are you still reading this? Get yourself over to Redfin and stop throwing it in our faces already.
The rest of you still with me? Let's do this. Taking pride in your space is a foundation for having pride in yourself. Why would you spend so much of your time (especially your relaxation time) in a place where you don't feel comfortable? That just sends the message that you don't think you deserve to exist in a lovely environment, and you really, really DO.
"But I don't have the time or money to fix stuff in a rental when I'll eventually move out." Baloney. You know that thing in your apartment that bugs you every single day? What would it be worth not to notice it for one day? A minute of your time? One dollar? Now, multiply that by how long it's been annoying you. I'll bet the cost in time and money seems much smaller now. Perspective, people.
Many of you probably just finished the January Cure, so your home is looking great. Maybe for you, like it did for me, making your home the best it can be also brought to light the fact that it could be even better. Did you avoid taking on larger projects because it feels like your living situation is temporary? That it's not truly your space? Well, technically you're right. You're renting the space from your landlord, a very handy person with whom to discuss these projects. Convey your desire to make your rental a place you'll want to stay longterm, and you may just wind up with some speedy improvements.
Or perhaps not. But don't let that keep you from buckling down and tackling some of those things yourself. Your future self (not to mention the next occupants in case you do decide to move) will thank you.
(Image: The lovely (rental!) kitchen from Sara's Serene & Sophisticated Home / Lindsay Tella)