Saturday, October 30, 2010

A place for everything, and everything in its place…

books-on-shelf

…that’s hardly the case.  We need furniture!  Badly.  When we first moved in, I bought a beautiful large desk for our office.  It’s great for filing paperwork, records and bills and while I don’t enjoy the act of filing itself, I do love being able to find something quickly and easily.  It was a good step in the right direction.

But the longer we’re here, the more stuff seems to accumulate—despite the fact that I donate piles of it to Good Will at least twice a year.  And whenever I enter the basement, I’m reminded of the fact that after four years of living here, we still haven’t completely unpacked.

I am making small steps toward a more organized life.  Just recently, I found an end table at a discount store for our family room.  It took a lot of searching to find one narrow enough to fit in the small space between our sofa and side chair that also offered cabinet space to hide diapering supplies.  One minor achievement that makes a great big difference in our day to day lives.

Though there is a long way to go from here.  This morning as I dusted the big chunky bedroom furniture previously owned by my late grandparents, I wondered if there will ever come a time when I could invest in a new set.  Since our bedroom is hidden away upstairs, it is probably the last place we’ll get to in this house.  We really should focus on bookshelves, wall shelves/systems and dining room furniture.  I’d like to make our spaces reflect our style; I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

Help! Have any tips of advice for me? 

1 comment:

  1. Furniture is expensive, no doubt about it! I think you're right to invest in pieces that serve double duty first (that is, pieces that are seen in the public areas of your house, that help to organize and store other stuff, and that get used all the time -- like your bookshelves/desk).

    A few tips I have are:
    1) learn how to refinish and reupholster furniture yourself -- though this takes time, it can save you oodles of money!
    2) make a habit of brousing antique stores in your area. Assuming you don't live in an extremely touristy place, you may find the occasional great bargain!
    3) If you notice a piece you like that's been for sale for a long time, don't hesitate to ask the seller for a discount (even if the item is brand new). S/he may be happy to cut the price for you just to keep product moving!

    Good luck -- a home is really a lifetime's work, so don't worry too much about it! Try to enjoy it as it is now! Hey, you're way ahead of me, anyway!

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