So, we are deep in the No Spend life. I don’t know how and if we will make the year, but I’m having a lot of fun with it already. When I can’t distract myself with spending, shopping, going out to eat and so on…I get busy at home. My productivity level goes up a few levels and my home gets whipped into shape.
What can I do at home that cost nothing? How can I improve and decorate my 120 year old house with no money?
Many of you have garages, attics, storage units filled with stuff. We have decluttered and downsized so much over the years that most of our ‘stuff’ fits in a tiny shed. But, glory be, we organized our little shed the other night and found all sorts of paint from the old house and paint stripper! I can now finish stripping my kitchen cupboards and I can add some color to all this white!!
So, we did spend about $30 on some tools, paper, and tape for my painting projects. I am so anal about the no spend that I wasn’t thrilled with that, but you know, the tools, tape and paper really saved me yesterday and I’ll be using all the paint we have so $30 dollars is all we are spending to paint rooms, accent walls, the porch railing, and front door. Not bad. I guess I can say the tools are a necessity when I record it in the no spend books.
I had some hard core yellow paint, canary yellow, but also plenty of white and after Sam and I did some mixing we came out with my dreamed of butter yellow for the kitchen.
Now, isn’t that better?! I’ll have better photos when I have it all put back to together.Bali has to finish the very top by the ceiling as my shortness couldn’t reach even with a chair.
Ah, to have color again! I feel like twirling and singing in a meadow like Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music.
Also, spent the other day making childlike thank you cards. It’s the best I could do. I would love to have that artistic talent. I would paint everything. I have Arjan decorate my storage container lids and such because he is talented and I love his childlike work.
Arjan did a thank you for one of his Godparents…you can see the dinosaur sketch at top.
This morning we are enjoying our coffee (not the children, just pops and myself), I have my 70’s music playing as I’ve been really into my Van Morrison and Cat Stevens lately. It was a simpler time and I’m working on making things simple and calm in the home these days.
I’ve watched How To Cook Your Life free on Vudu a hundred times. Then I work to create that ritual and peace at home. I focus on the dishes. I focus when painting. I focus when throwing the ball for the dogs…and boys when they decide to join the dogs. I focus when I write. I’m not that good at it but keep restarting.
And that is anything we attempt to do to improve our lives or selves. We just wake up each morning and restart until it becomes a habit.
Just like retraining ourselves to go from “consumer” to a thrifty way of life making do with what we have and creating what we need from odds and ends and thin air. It is a new way of living and a new habit. If you blow it, wake up the next day and begin again anew.
I love this way of life because I become very, very productive and I get to know myself all over again. I start using the ol’ brain and being creative in ways I didn’t know I had in me.
I hope you all are having fun with it and don’t give up. If you fall, just wake up the next day, put on a pot of coffee and make a new plan.