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My house isn’t tidy or pretty and there are days when I absolutely hate it… I hate how scruffy and old it looks.  On these days, I have to really remind myself that it doesn’t matter what it looks like because it’s our home.  Today is one of those days.  There are toys all over the floor, dirty fingerprints on the walls and dishes piled high in the sink.  As I remind myself, I’m going to share 5 reasons why I love my home with you.

Our home is safe

I don’t mean safe in the respect that it has doors we can lock to keep us safe.  When I say our home is safe I mean that we have no threat of homelessness.  It would take something completely devastating for us to lose our home.  We pay our rent on time, there’s no threat of the house being sold and if the worst happens employment wise, we would be eligible for help to pay our rent.

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Our home is affordable

In today’s climate, where living costs often come close to the wage brought into the home, it’s important to have a home that is affordable.  Ours is.  We know that we can cover the rent and utilities on our house every month, some months it may be a bit of a tight squeeze, but we know we can do it. 

Our home is warm and dry

We have a home that is warm and dry.  Many people live in substandard properties because the upkeep is so expensive.  Damp and mould were rife in my first house despite the double glazed windows.  We were frequently ill, and it wasn’t good.  I love my current home because it has none of those problems (although it does have spiders… lots of spiders).

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Our home has a garden

I grew up with a large garden to play in and I wanted the same for my children.  Our last house had a garden no bigger than a postage stamp and, although we only had two children then, it was impossible to do anything other than sit in the garden.  Our current home has a large front and back garden.  We have two slides, two swing sets and a trampoline; plus a load of little ride on toys and a sandpit.  We really are very lucky.

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Our home is where the heart is

This is perhaps the biggest reason I love my home.  We’ve all heard the saying “home is where the heart is”.  Well, considering I have 5 little pieces of my heart running around outside my body and they live in our home… then I must be home.  It’s a place for us all to be together.  For all of us to spend time, lounging on the sofa, eating our dinner together. 

Yes, I love my home.  The main reason is because my family are here. It may not be perfect but it’s the place we have made, and will continue to make, happy memories. 

So, tell me, why do you love your home?