KELLY BROWN: A house is your home, but do you want to give up your holidays?

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Juggling priorities is something all we parents are very much used to doing.

Actually, juggling in general seems to be a parental requirement ensuring you are able to do drop-offs, food shopping, housework, 101 odd jobs, have fun and that small matter of working!

But my latest juggling act involves deciding how much time, money and energy to spend on my house.

I’m not overly house-proud. I like to keep it clean and tidy but with two small children, ‘tidy’ is a loose term.

Toys seem to breed and spread out of their bedrooms no matter how many times I put them away.

I find odd socks around the house which child one or child two has taken off at some point because they did not want to wear them any more.

And drinks bottles seem to play a game of hide and seek with me as the children take them with them from room to room.

But my dilemma is not about how much tidying to do, it is how much time I should spend on redecorating 
my house.

I don’t know why I do it to myself, but I catch myself watching these home improvement/building shows on the television and it gets me thinking and dreaming.

Most of the time it gets me thinking about that simple list of jobs I need to get through.

A new carpet in the living room, repainting a couple of rooms in the house, putting back up the curtain pole which fell down above the front door months ago – none of these things are above the realms of achievable goals.

But then you add into that the fact that I could do with a new front door, a new bathroom, my bedroom could do with a make-over... suddenly that list is getting longer and longer.

And so to even potentially fund any such projects, you have the house versus holiday debate in your head.

Which do you want more? I know my children would pick a day out or holiday above a new carpet any day!

And so the debate continues. You spend so much of your time at home and it is the most expensive thing you will every buy, so you want it to be lovely. But you don’t want to put your life on hold for the sake of it!