Can a Change-Up be Good Enough?

Can a change-up be good enough?

 

This is a post from guest contributor Saida Rashid of A Breath of Simplicity. Enjoy, and learn more about Saida at the end of this post.

 

When we moved, I was adamant about getting rid of our four poster bed.

It’s a nice bed. There’s nothing wrong with it. Still. I didn’t want it in my new home. We were down-sizing and it didn’t sit well with my journey in “less is more.”

The bed is BIG. You can never just flop down on it. It’s too high. You have to climb onto it. By far, the biggest nuisance was having to clean the dust that gathered on top of the wood canopy.

The final case in point: The master bedroom in our new home is a third of the size of our old room – I was convinced the bed would take up the entire room!

I tried, really, really hard to sell the bed online, but there were no serious buyers. So I watched as it got dismantled, loaded onto the moving truck and transported to our new home.

I relented, but in my mind it was a temporary arrangement.

When my husband reassembled the bed, I requested that he omit the wood canopy. And now? It’s been almost a year since we moved. We still have the bed and, what’s more, I like it.

Funnily enough, it doesn’t occupy the whole room like I feared, and removing the canopy made a HUGE difference. The bed used to make me feel overwhelmed. It doesn’t anymore. It’s good enough, after all.

A few years ago, I would have insisted on a new bed and donated the old one. And we’d be out of pocket a few hundred dollars. But life is full of opportunities for a change-up. I’ve come to recognise that I experience these moments quite frequently.

It’s not easy to ‘fess up and it’s unfortunate, but the truth is I have a tendency to fixate on things I feel I must have – sometimes the feeling is SO profound it interferes with my sense of inner peace.

In the past couple of years I’ve been learning to wait rather than jump in at the deep end (i.e. spend money). The process of waiting has helped me recognise that new is NOT always better.

When I make myself wait I’m more likely to try a change-up. This often leads to a moment of good enough. Sometimes I forget to wait, but I’m learning and getting better at it every day.

I was recently convinced that I needed something for our kitchen sill. It looked SO bare. But I waited. Then I tried a change-up. The kitchen sill is now good enough and I didn’t have to spend any money.

The next time you feel the urge to spend money; try a change-up first.

• Think your kids need better toys? Try re-organising and displaying the toys you already have differently.
• Think your kitchen is too small? Try de-cluttering and re-arranging your kitchen stuff.
• Think you need a new bedside table? How about a coat of paint on that small coffee table sitting in the basement?

You get the picture.

I bet more often than not, you’ll find that the stuff you already own is good enough.

You can check out Saida’s tips on simple living and learn about her journey towards eliminating processed foods on her blog abreathofsimplicity.com.

(Image courtesy of Allison)

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13 Responses to Can a Change-Up be Good Enough?

  1. holly says:

    Thanks for the great article. I will definitely check out your blog.
    I did that recently..I was out shopping for a kitchen item and realized I had just what I needed at home already, after checking out the displays. I was so happy not to buy a new item that I didn’t even need. Sometimes that feeling to buy can be overpowering. We recently cleaned out our basement (not completed yet) and the progress we’ve made makes me feel pounds lighter. More room to move, more good energy flowing in. I feel less stressed out the more we donate & get rid of items we no longer need.

    • saida says:

      Now that the weather has finally warmed (I’m in Canada) I find myself fighting that feeling constantly. For some reason, I seem to get hit by the shopping bug every year in the Summer time. I feel sorry for those of you that have sun all year round!

  2. Nice, Saida!

    I’m like you–sometimes I can get so distracted by the current nifty thing I want that it wrecks my serenity. And the ironic thing is that it’s usually something that I (*cough*) “need” (*cough*) to further my desire for simplicity.

    You know, like the beautiful organizational baskets made out of natural, environmentally correct materials because the old margarine containers that have been perfectly serviceable containers for my loose doodads just don’t look good (despite the fact that I’m the only one who ever sees the inside of that drawer)…

    It’s so easy to fall into this trap, because our consumerist culture can just as easily turn the “simple life” into a shopping list of must-have commodities as any other lifestyle.

    Thanks for the reminder that very often what we already have really is good enough!

    • saida says:

      I SO get the “you need it to further your desire for simplicity!” I find myself in that trap all the time. You really have to remind yourself to pause and wait. It’s sad that even when we’re consciously trying to avoid the consumerism lifestyle, we still get hooked in :(
      But at least we’re trying!

  3. Philippa says:

    Waiting before you buy is definitely worth trying. I replaced my very old kitchen on a tight budget last year . I was convinced I needed all new matching curtains and accessories, but once I’d lived with the new kitchen for a bit, I washed and ironed my old curtains, rehung them and liked them just fine (they are pretty neutral). Waiting saved me a lot of money!

  4. L says:

    I like this! Now that I think about it, I often find the same thing. :)

    It’s particularly true of the kids toys and books. Rearranging so less commonly used items are featured, and they often great the toy or book as if it was brand new or deeply missed. LOL

    Now instead of looking for a plate rack to display an ever-changing array of their books, perhaps I’ll see if I can’t do the same thing with something I already have!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I have been dreaming of a large, solid, perfectly crafted, dining room table for years. It was to replace the glass topped dining set I picked up from Ikea for £60. The other day, I decided to do some painting with my 3 year old son. He was actually putting his whole hands into the paint tubs, causing them to overflow then dripping paint all over the table towards his awaiting piece of paper.

    Then it hit me, would I be totally willing to let him have his fun if this was in fact a beautiful, handcrafted table of my dreams….probably not! The Ikea table can stay.

  6. joanna says:

    I do rearrange my rooms often. I find if I don’t go in the store I am very satisfied with what I have. Great post.

    • saida says:

      My husband and I are notorious for rearranging the furniture in our family room. Every time we do this, we feel like we have a brand new room. It saves us a ton of money!

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