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April 21st, 2006 at 06:43 pm

I have been living in the same house for the last 16 years, with a child, a dog and a cat, so much of my furniture is definitely the worse for wear. I also spent most of my spare money paying down my mortgage as quickly as possible, so I promised myself when I was debtfree I would replace it with decent stuff.

So I drew up this list of what I wanted and stuck it on the frig, and as suitable bargains come along I replace my old stuff. Last month it was the frig itself; this month I found a good condition innerspring mattress for $45. BIL knew I was looking for a computer desk, so when a business he knew went into liquidation, he bought this great desk for $40. Friend also knew I wanted a new garbage can, and bought me one as a present. The old one was still serviceable, but so grungy it drepressed me to look at it. Seems funny to be happy about a new garbage can, but I'm happy with mine.

I know some people claim to be above material possessions, and don't care what their stuff looks like, but if I'm going to have to live with my possessions, I'd like them to give me pleasure to look at as well as when I'm using them. I read somewhere a quote about artists: they are people who are able to make the useful beautiful. I am being a creative artist in gradually transforming my home into a thing of beauty on a budget.

3 Responses to “Wish list”

  1. contrary1 Says:

    I've found the same thing here..........I've really only got my bedroom that is my own space, the rest is all shared with an assortment of people ALL the time. So, in my room, the feeling I get when I go in there is really important. I have added items over the years, very nice items....so I never have to replace them......and it makes my spirit soar when I go in there.

    Keep transforming your space, there is nothing like it!!!

  2. lrjohnson Says:

    It's reasonable to want to appreciate our surroundings. Your plan is excellent.

  3. LittleGopher Says:

    I enjoy this way of acquiring things too. Besides the whole money issue, I think I end up enjoying my things a lot more due to the thought put into determining what I really want. At times with a little time, I've found that what is 'temporarily' making do ends up being perfectly fine. And finding what I really want, searched and waited for - there's nothing better!

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