One of the temptations when moving into a new house is to start over with everything new. Start fresh, start over. But isn't it better to take care of what you already have?
When I moved in, the brass hardware on my front door was tarnished black, from years of neglect. But rather than replace it, I decided to polish it, bring it back to life, and, take care of it. I'm reminded of all the Hausmann apartments I've visited in Paris; they are still beautiful because someone takes care of them.
So this weekend, make time to take care of something--wash a sweater, polish a pair of your shoes, sew on a missing button. Taking care of what you have has its own, intrinsic reward.