If you’ve ever really stopped to take the time to think about it, your home says a lot about yourself. From the location to the style of house and the things you have within it and how clean you keep it, someone can tell a lot about your life and personality just by taking a tour in and around your house.

When it comes down to it, though, it’s the place you live in. The place you feel protected and comfortable in. The place you come back to every single day to eat in, cook in, bathe in, and spend the majority of your life in. While a lot of people out there certainly do like to go out, eat out, and generally visit other places by traveling, the majority of people are tied to their homes one way or another.

The thing is, you need to take care of your house. Taking it for granted as some sort of thing that will be there every single day for you can create some bad habits of not cleaning it, not updating it, and not really enjoying it to the full potential.

Something you can do to combat this daily complacency, though, is to transform a room in your house at the pace of a room per year. It doesn’t have to be new paint, new furniture, and a completely new theme to the room. Rather, making the effort to spend some weekends on a new home project for a desk in your office or something along those lines will keep you happy, productive, and continually increase the value of your home just by keeping it updated and putting more work into it.

Perhaps a wall needs taken out to join two separate rooms. Maybe one of your kids’ bedrooms needs the wallpaper removed now that they’re getting older. Perhaps your kitchen could use an island in it.

Whatever the case, try to make it a point to stay on top of updating your home. It could be installing new windows, making a new bed frame, or even adding new appliances to the mudroom or kitchen. No matter what, though, you don’t want to come home every single day only to take your shoes off, plop down on the couch, and just do nothing. This is how things pile up, appliances go out of order, and rooms in your home become outdated.