This is our first house, but not our first home.
When money is flowing through our fingers like water for this renovation, we’ve called the plumber three times, Doug put in the new floor, and everything is freshly painted white, it’s kind of hard to believe that this is really for us.
We saved up our money for it so we were prepared, but I still have thoughts like, “Is it okay to spend that much money on something trivial like shelf liners?” “Will this choice be timeless or outdated in ten years?” “Is this the best quality and value for the money so we only have to buy it once?”
In college I knew too many children who didn’t have socks, and I knew them so well that when I started earning more money, it was hard to spend it on things like expensive home furnishings. Every dollar represented money that could have been used to buy a pair of socks for a disadvantaged child, so I had to be responsible with my choices about spending money, not out of guilt, but just from knowing.
One time I mentioned that to someone, and she looked horrified as she said, “I could never live like that!” so I don’t really talk about it much anymore.
I spend money more easily for the household now because it’s not just for me, and I’ve seen how buying quality can save money in the long run. That’s why I was so glad to find a home that hadn’t been renovated yet. The counters, the floors, and everything had served a single family for forty years, so we carefully made updates that might last another forty. Will we live here for that long or only a few years? Only time will tell.
We brought in our furnishings from our storage unit where they have waited in boxes for nine months.
For the kids it was like Christmas, no, like five Christmases when they saw their old toys again. They stayed in their rooms to play again with their toys, and we didn’t see them for two whole days.
Indeed it was kind of like Christmas because I boxed everything in the days after last year’s Christmas, so our things were packed in the remnants of old wrapping paper and the newspapers from that week, our dishes secured with green ribbon and cushioned by crumpled-up red and silver shiny paper.
Our things look good in our new house. They seem to fit, and yes, I know I’m teasing you by not showing more pictures yet, but we’ve been so busy doing that there was not much time for telling about it. Soon, I promise.
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