This won’t come as any great surprise to those who know me, but I can be a tad, shall we say, impatient, at times. I want something done and I want it done now; I want to do something and I want to do it now. So when it comes to being frugal, one of my biggest frustrations is not going out to buy things.
I have two current obsessions.
The first is the room that we call our office. It is connected to our living room by an open doorway (wall 1), the second wall is our patio doors (wall 2), then we have an uninterrupted wall where we’ve placed our fold-out sofa (wall 3) and then a short wall with the door to the hallway (wall 4). We have an awkward shape compounded by the fact that there needs to be some pretty unattractive furniture in there- the desk, computer, shelves for all of my husband’s music stuff and a guest bed. The second point of obsession is the entryway. I want to find a way to store all our winter coats in there, but just haven’t been able to yet. We have an open shelving unit there now and it’s just all very unattractive and inconvenient, with things hanging out all over the place and no easy way to put stuff away.
But. We have no extra cash at the moment, and certainly none that can go towards buying more Ikea furniture and space saving organizers (Hello, my name is Kelly and I’m addicted to Ikea). So I’m trying to be patient.
This involves mostly powers of self restraint that I didn’t know existed, helped along by the fact that a) Ikea is now on the other side of town, b) the boxes of furniture are too heavy to put in my car by myself thus my husband would have to help me, which he would certainly refuse to do and c), oh yeah, there’s that whole money thing again.
I’m also trying to be more creative in my problem solving. For example, I want to get a bigger & better storage system for the front hall so that I can get the coats out of my closet and thus have room to put our clothes away. As a temporary solution I bought some big boxes to put on the shelf, but that’s not working out too well. Then, while writing this post actually, I had a brain flash- why not store the coats in the kids’ half empty closet… hmmm, I shall have to go and try that now!
What are your strategies for cultivating patience?