We are renters.
I've been scheming (more like dreaming) about buying a house lately. I am constantly scanning the local real estate listings for a starter home. I think about what I'd re-do in the kitchen, or how I would yank out the ugly tiles, or what colors I would paint the dining room.
The reality is: we are not at a good place to buy a house right now. First of all, we are only planning on living in the area for a few years while my husband finishes up his degree. Secondly, we could pay a mortgage but there would be no room in the budget for upgrading. And I don't want to be stuck cooking in an 1980's kitchen for 3 years!
I've been a little frustrated with little reality of mine lately--especially as I see others buy houses around me and make them their own. Yet, I realize, this is the best option for us. Renting is most definitely the wisest option.
I've been focusing on being content where we live now--in a four-plex on the corner. I am thankful for the yard we have, the "large kitchen," the nice floors, and our little deck. You know what, the more thankful (and content) I become about where we live, the more I enjoy being here. Instead of scheming and dreaming about re-vamping that rambler on 29th street, I'm working towards creating the best space I can with what we have. Today, I moved furniture around and realized how much space our place has with just a little re-arranging. I found myself dreaming about little ideas for our home, not the one I'm wanting to buy, and I realized how much I enjoy it. Maybe I can't paint the cabinets, but I can still do a lot of other fun things! I may not own my home, but I can do everything (according to what is legally acceptable!) to make it ours.