After years of slowly improving, I have become meticulous with home maintenance, cleaning, and giving everything I own more TLC.
Before I found an old piano in the attic and decided to bring it back to life, you’d be hard pressed to find my house cleaned and tidied if you stopped by randomly.
I was hard on all of my appliances, often overloading the washing machine and throwing it off balance. My oven was dirty and covered with charred bread crumbs on the bottom below the electric heating elements. It all changed when I dug out this old upright piano that must have been there from the previous owner, although they never mentioned it when I bought the house. Refurbishing it and getting it to play in-tune again was a lengthy but rewarding process. It gave me a renewed sense of responsibility for my house and everything in it. I started doing as much maintenance work that I could, between cleaning off and power washing my roof, reorganizing my kitchen, and planting a new garden out back to name a few. I also took it upon myself to replace the old and worn weatherstripping in my door and window frames. Weatherstripping is important because it prevents air conditioned air from escaping while simultaneously preventing hot outdoor air from leaking in. Without it your air conditioner will run harder and for longer periods of time than what is necessary. This not only raises your energy bills, it also shortens the life of the air conditioner. Once I had new weatherstripping installed, I already noticed a difference with a/c performance.