I love my time spent in my yard. The trees behind the house are unkempt whereas those in the front are quiet well pruned. I've done my research into where people truly spend their time and the clear answer is inside their homes. My father gave me my first advice when it came to buying a home. His advice was to buy a home that was ugly on the outside and beautiful and functional on the inside. His reasons for that advice are sound when you truly think about where your time is spent. I love my time outside, but I go to work in the mornings, come home and play with my kids, work out or train jiu jitsu some days, eat dinner, put my kids to bed, spend the rest of the evening with my wife, and go to bed. Let's think about where that time is spent and do some math.
Wake up to leave for work is 1 hour of helping get the kids ready for school and getting myself ready to leave for work. Work and commutes to and from are 10 hours of my day (more on how that will change later), on the days that I do not train, I spend from 5:30pm until 11pm with my family. and then I am in bed. When you look at percentages, I spend 42% of my day at work or commuting. I spend 31% of my day in bed. I spend the remaining 37% of my day with my family. Most of that time is spent indoors.
It is an interesteing study for people like me to undertake. Where is the realy value in keeping a fulfilling and welcoming home?
The value comes in spending the time and money to keep a space that is engaging where you spend the most time with your family.
In my next post I will get into some functional practices for keeping your yard and garden well and functional. I know.... I just talked about some craziness regarding the indoors as highest value added, but I like my yard... so there it is.