When I was single and living in a downtown San Diego apartment I heard a man at church talk about the single biggest way to save money--Stay put. Don't move from house to house. I didn't appreciate his wisdom then as much as I do now, after marrying an active duty Marine and moving from coast to coast and bouncing around a couple of other states in the middle. Since that time in the apartment I've moved eleven times. Eleven different houses.
Not once have the curtains from one place fit the next. There are always little things left behind that have to be replaced again, and again, and again. And each place seems to need some updating, repairs, and things done that will make the home mine. All of that costs money. I don't think I've ever lived in a house that I considered finished. (Neither did my mom, and she lived in the same place for sixty years!) But you know what I mean. I think she got bored, I'm just trying to make it mine.
So I guess the real wisdom is stay put if you can, become a do-it-yourselfer if you can't.
Here's the latest in my quest to make over this house to suit me.
It began today with some Spring cleaning. I took down plates, dusted shelves, and ceiling fan.
Mr. Movie appeared and I recruited him to replace the awful sconce lights with the new ones.
Nice improvement already.
Now that's more my style!
Mr. Movie had some more time before work so he put up a new ceiling fan/light fixture to replace the old "dentist office" fixture. (Although I couldn't hear it, Noble always complained about a high pitched buzz from that old fixture.)
After all the installation I finished the room by mopping the floor, so all is clean and pretty now from top to bottom!