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Boredom & Spending

As the old saying goes: Familiarity breeds contempt (of people).  There is, however, a lesser known variation of this famous phrase (lesser known because I just made it up, feel free to spread it around):  Familiarity breeds boredom (of stuff).   

Boredom can have many negative side effects: dizziness, weight gain, whining, grumpiness, and, perhaps most disturbingly, unnecessary spending! 

Don’t get me wrong, change is good, I’m a huge fan of change.  Why, I change my underpants almost daily (joke, just a joke people).  Sometimes, however, boredom can lead to discontentment which can lead to the urge/desire/need to change EVERYTHING.   

Most likely, everything does not need to be changed (unless there is shag carpet involved).  Often times, something “new” doesn’t even need to be purchased.  When you can’t get no satisfaction, looking around and working with what you already have may actually turn out to be more rewarding and fulfilling than going on a shopping spree. 

What if instead you:

Rearranged – your desk, your living room, your bookshelves.

Purged – I’m always amazed by how different a room looks when stuff is taken out of it. 

Cleansed – just as your car drives smoother after the car wash, your house will run more efficiently when it’s clean.

Or Changed Something…

This weekend I partook in a little project with my sister and brother-in-law, something that changed their scenery a bit: we refinished one of their dressers.  After a lot of scraping, sanding, and a little bit of burning (paint remover + skin = bad) we really had a nice change to show for it. 

Take a look below to see how the project turned out.

For those of you who are interested, they paid less than $100 for the dresser in a thrift shop and less than $100 to refinish and paint it.  Thrift rocks.








Look at how many layers of paint were on this thing!


















Article publié pour la première fois le 14/09/2010