These are all clichés. They all also happen to be true. The idea of home, whether it's buying one for the first time (which may cost you a pretty penny), buying a home without doing your due diligence (might be biting off more than you can chew), or selling your home without knowing where you're going next (probably putting the cart before the horse) opens up a whole world of words and ideas.
Here's how to take the meaning out of the clichés and make them work for you.
Keeping up with the Joneses.
Everyone does it at one time or another. We want a better car, a longer vacation. When it comes to your house, the Joneses always seem it have it better. Until you take a look inside and find that they are total slobs. Or they're miserable and under water. Is bigger better? Maybe. Frankly, we'd rather keep up with the bills.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Give a woman a pair of eye protectors, she may watch while you demo a kitchen. Give her a mallet and a pry bar, and watch what she can do. Working together toward a common goal can lead you to the land of milk and honey.
The grass is greener on the other side of the street.
That may be true, but only if they have good lawn care. Stop banging your head against the weed and dry patch wall and hire a gardener already. The small expense will be well worth it in peace of mind.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
We're not gonna lie. We still have no idea what this one means.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Not so fast. Some do actually smell better than others. And some grow better in different climates. If you're planting roses - or any type of flower or plant for that matter - do your research. It makes no sense to spend the day working up a sweat only to watch your buds die a quick death because they weren't supposed to get full sun. Google: It's your ace in the hole.
Do unto others.
Apply the "it's the right thing to do" policy when it comes to keeping neighborhood peace. If your kid's baseball breaks a window at the house across the street, don't scamper away and pretend you don't know what happened. Man up! If your dog uses the neighbor's lawn as a toilet, clean it up. Putting good neighbor energy out there may just come back to you. And if it doesn't, focus a camera on your front lawn and tape the dog evidence so you know who to shame. A poop for a poop.
Don't air your dirty laundry.
If you have a loud argument on a summer night with your window open, expect that you will be the talk of the street the next day. The easy answer: turn the air on so you can fight with the windows closed. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
Whether your home is brand new or if you've raised a family in it, home is home. There is pride, joy, and memories - or memories to be made. When the washing machine floods the room, take it with a grain of salt. If there are overdue repairs that have been nagging at you, get your ducks in a row. When all is said and done, it's still home. As cliché as that sounds.