Have you ever heard the expression, “the cheapest car you can buy is the one you already drive”? Of course you have, if you’re from the land of idiomatic dialect i.e. the South! I know decorating your home isn’t nearly the same investment as paying for a car (except perhaps in some cases), but, it is always cheaper to use what you’ve already got. I know it’s not within everyone’s skill set to do major projects like refurbishing a piece of furniture or envisioning a new purpose for something, be it a stray ottoman or a five-piece bedroom set. But there are many ways to approach redesign, so before anyone starts to despair, let me offer these three simple ideas that will help you begin maximizing the potential of the things you already own:
1. Take it little by little. I have a theory that if you obtain several new things at once, there is less time to appreciate their newness individually. Same is true of projects. Allow yourself the joy of appreciating one small change at a time. Try it! If it doesn’t work, I’ll downgrade my theory to an idea.
2. Ask yourself if you really NEED it. If you’re losing your head over finding a use for a piece that you have, but don’t use and don’t have a use for, stop! Donate it or sell it on Craigslist. You’ll buy yourself a little free time, and maybe even make a dime doing it. Usually, you have to sacrifice one of those for the other, so i’d call it a win-win.
3. If you do need it – or you don’t, but you want it – and you are completely at a loss, what else can you do but call a professional? Vision isn’t a gift that everyone has, and that’s where POI can help.
P.S. For all you WSB Radio fans of the Home Fix it Show, make sure you tune in this Saturday, 2.23, to hear our very own Patsy Overton on air!!
Here are some redesign potentials in my dining room – check back in the next couple of weeks to see what they turn into!
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