Was I just always discontent? No… so why now? Why here?
I think some of the reasons that it has been different this time around is because we are different. We are more content living with less so that we can enjoy the space more. Our home is no longer just a building but our retreat from the stress of the world. We wanted our home to be like taking a vacation to the mountains (our favorite place.)
Here are a few of our secrets that we did differently this time around.
When we got rid of stuff before moving into the RV I had one simple rule. If it can be replaced get rid of it because we can always get another. There were those few special items that no price tag could touch. I have kept this in mind when adding things to this home.
Add the irreplaceable!
That spindle chair in the corner that belonged to his father and was gifted years ago from the kids on father’s day. Irreplaceable.
The dollhouse made by my dad for two girls that was built big enough for that other little girl that we had hoped to adopt. It holds memories and is irreplaceable!
The rustic bunk beds that you grew up sleeping in yourself. Irreplaceable!
Why wait to stage your house until you sell?
Confession: we fell in love with HGTV while living in the RV, its the only time we ever had cable. My husband and I would sit and watch together and one day we had the conversation that it’s sad that people wait until they want to sell to make their house look beautiful. This stuck out in my head. I have enjoyed browsing DIY Home staging tips for ideas and wonderful challenges for making my house look lovelier.
Add pieces that you have spent time creating.
One of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home is the log stump that sits next to our loveseat. The stump that after I finished it I swore that I would NEVER use sandpaper again and was convinced it was from the devil. Yeah that one. I cant stop touching it now. I look at it and it makes me smile. I love that when a new person walks in my house my husband says, “did you see the table Heather made?” (Photo's and the tutorial of the table are coming once it gets stained and sealed in a couple more weeks.)
Lastly spend less than something is worth!
Trust me, you will never be able to get what you paid back in any item if you decide to sell everything and move out of the country or into an RV. :)
If you want to buy new and skip the bed bug issues that everyone is talking about you can find furniture stores going out of business. This is what we did. This is where most of our furniture came from.
Our king size bed with storage underneath… the price tag was $2,999 we paid $180 YES YOU READ RIGHT! $180.
Another thing that we took advantage of was the freight auctions.