While packing up and selling things off, I remember telling Mom that I was worried about getting rid of too many things and having to spend a lot of money to replace them. Having done this before, her advice was to just take time to piece things together slowly. Take the essentials. “If you have to live without an ironing board for a while, you will make do”.
And it’s true. Many of the spaces in our home are not “finished”; and although it’s sometimes hard to wait (today’s society is not good at delaying gratification), I like the idea of a work in progress. Our book nook is a good example. When I shared this post, I was very happy to have it close to the cozy, reading corner I wanted for the girls. I faced many dilemmas when looking into making a bean bag chair and I also wanted extra lighting. I knew I could go shopping for those things, but I refused (again) to pay Copenhagen prices for non-essential items.
Eventually, a bean bag (a girly one, no less) came for sale on one of the expat forums I joined. I think it was about $8. Then, just after Christmas, someone posted tree lights for FREE on the free-sharing page I joined on Facebook. I also made a couple of extra pillows using items we already had here at home (fabric and old stuffing).
Call it luck, if you must, but I like to think that being patient and resourceful pays off.