I want a new sofa. I want a new dining table. I want new curtains. I want new rugs. I want, I want, I want. The million dollar question…Do I need?
New shoes, new bag, no problem. Or is it?
Lately I have been observing my personal consumption regarding money, food, clothing, furniture, packaging…well, everything. In some areas I am able to take an active role in reducing my consumption. I am starting to experiment with reusing things instead of buying new. Looking through my closets and wardrobe before purchasing new pieces, this season alone I discovered that I already own the “it” color and style purse. And I already have a blouse that follows the black and white color-blocking trend. I was originally looking online, researching potential purchases and now I have stopped. Money saved and less consumption; less fuel used on shipping, less packaging used in shipping and I am appreciating being content with what I already have.
During the month of August I began to focus on the decor in my home. I owned curtains that I hated, I did not like the furniture layout in my living room or dining room. At first I was convinced that I needed a new dining table and sofa to make things work. Then I tried turning my dining table in a different direction and it made a huge difference. I also moved a smaller side table out of the dining room, opening up more space. In the living room I moved my sofas around, changed the location of an end table and decided I wanted a second ottoman, instead of buying a new sofa. Last year I reupholstered an ottoman I owned, updating it with new fabric, painting the wood black instead of brown and ultimately saving a lot of money. I enjoy reupholstering/redesigning furniture, so my time spent being creative is an added bonus. I decided to reupholster a second ottoman last weekend and now I have two. I also bought trays to place on top of the ottomans and now they serve a dual purpose; both ottoman and coffee table.
After considering multiple pieces of new furniture, instead I ended up purchasing new curtains for the living room and dining room. The curtains have made a tremendous difference and were a fraction of the cost of a new sofa or dining set. The ottoman got a second life with a bit of paint and new fabric. And I am feeling much more comfortable and at ease in home.