I've been thinking about this subject for some time now. It's been on my mind a lot lately. Mainly because the tax refund we got is not going as far as I thought it would. We decided we absolutely need to get the house painted this summer. It's two stories and it has to be done by someone other than my husband (who did volunteer but I've heard too many stories about people falling off ladders and the consequences). So I'd rather pay professionals. Also, no sense in putting it off as deferred maintenance usually winds up costing you more in the end so might as well bite the bullet!
I had planned on doing other things with that money. More fun than having the outside of the house painted! Finally, doing some cosmetic things in our family room and fixing up my hall bath for one. Not that it's horrible. I've done what I could with it. Ten years ago I painted the cheap cabinets, worked with the aqua blue tile on the floor and bath area, framed my big mirror and used a nice long neutral shower curtain hung really high to keep the emphasis off those tiles.
I wasn't even planning on removing the tiles. I was still going to work around them but the vanity that's there just doesn't work for us, there are problems with the way the sink is mounted underneath the weird countertop material, the taps leak and make a honking noise when you turn them on and a few other small annoying things.
So my thoughts were that I can either forget doing it and just live with it, or change out the countertop and sink - keep everything else as is or I can tighten the belt some more and figure out a way to still be able to do most of what I had planned.
But part of me is asking why can't I just let it be and live with it as it is? It's not like it's not usable. A lot of people have worse. Some people don't even have their own bathroom let alone 3 bathrooms or even a house. So many people don't even have a home to call their own these days and would be thrilled with this bathroom. Why can't I just be satisfied with what I've got?
Is it really bad to want to improve on what you already have. Is it really bad to want more just because you want more?
I feel like some people do push that idea - that it's not good. Everybody should just be happy with where they are in life and that's it. I do feel that you should be grateful for what you have, you should strive to be content but to me that doesn't mean you shouldn't also strive for more if that's what you want.
Where would this country be if people didn't strive for a better life for their families. I'm sure some would say we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now!
If I just went ahead and decided I want what I want and even though I don't have the money I'm going to get what I want, I'll just charge it. Then yes, I'd just be contributing to the mess. But if I decided that I'm going to be even more frugal and try to save up to do whatever it is I want to do, well that's entirely different!
So that's what I've decided to do. No I'm not going to just live with the bathroom the way it is. I'm going to tighten our purse strings and think of some ways to generate some extra money and I'm going to do what I had planned on doing for both the bathroom and the family room (at least I'm going to try)!
I have to figure out how I'm going to keep track of the money I save/earn for these renovations and exactly how I'm going to do it. I figure posting on my progress would be a good motivator. So I think that's what I'll do - every other weekend I'll post on what I've done to either save or make money for my renovations (or how I'm not)!