Let’s get real, folks. This is how I live. With the computer right there so I can work during the day. With sacks of leftover shelf liner in a chair. And a myriad of paper bills or notes and such wherever they land.
Being as only one person and two pupsters live here, there is not a lot of stuff being generated. So it doesn’t look like it would have when I had kids living at home.
So let’s talk about real life.
We can’t all have nice pretty houses with a picket fence in front that has loads of character before a stick of furniture is even placed inside. Some of us are just regular folk who are pinching our pennies and hoping to get by. Just paying the bills.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your decorating dreams come true. And I’m going to show you how to get yourself off the couch and make it happen.
First, you have to be reasonable about your desires and what you can accomplish. And align that with how much money you can spend.
And you have to get yourself off the couch. Which is where people loll around when they can’t find the energy to change what is around them even though it is making them depressed to look at it.
This, my friends, is the ugly kitchen. Not in butt ugly. Just not pretty.
The fridge is white, the stove is beige, and the odious dishwasher that I’d love to get rid of is an even darker beige. Someone must be color blind. Or, as the corporate world turns, just out for a buck.
At first I stewed. But then I got over it. I will work whatever magic I can, and live with the rest. Because life is not perfection. It is not just pretty pictures on the wall.
Life is where you are right now and you need to make the most of it.
It is not so much what you don’t have. But how you come to accept it and move on. And then of course do the most with what you do have.
This is called “the glass half full” approach to life.
That space held the refrigerator until I moved it yesterday. The rusted rake just happens to be there because I am not going to move everything for the sake of this post. And all the other things that look out of place as well. This is real life.
I moved it to make way for the European-style washer/dryer that is one unit that will be coming in a few days. The space is not far from the sink, which is where I will have to hook it up to get water to the washing machine.
So the lesser of two evils was to move the fridge and put it here. Unless something unforeseen happens. I don’t want to be rolling this thing around, you see.
I did not really want this fridge on this particular wall. I wanted it on the other. But I had to have an electric outlet and it was on this wall. You do what you have to.
I wanted to turn the microwave cart the other way, because it did fit. But the vent would have been right against the refrigerator. And the refrigerator, which would never win any kind of beauty contest, has rust spots behind the cart. And the cart hides them.
The enamel lid I use as a place to put my dish towel is there because behind it is one of those wall phone jacks you don’t see much anymore. And at the moment I had to deal with it yesterday, I was not in creative mode. I will wait until magic strikes.
Will I keep the appliances as they are? I’m looking into all kinds of ways I might change that. But what I do will be based on how much it costs and what’s allowed in the lease.
I certainly can’t afford new appliances. Before I moved in I had already paid for a tall toilet (the old folks kind for when you can’t get up and down too good), a new storm door to help keep the dogs in when the wooden door is opened (which has not worked out that well, darn it), and a new hand held shower nozzle for my back and ankle to get some love. Cost: Around $500.
Cost for new washer so I don’t have to hobble over to the laundromat with my boot (at least for smaller items anyway), $1300.
I am frugal and I don’t spend money without a great deal of thought. I don’t go out for coffee or run to Hobby Lobby and fill my cart (yes, I once did just that) or eat out except for an occasional sandwich.
I don’t rent movies or do anything for entertainment that I can’t just accomplish myself by reading a book or being out on my patio.
So hear ye, hear ye…I don’t want the person who emailed and told me how many washes it would take to pay for that washer to repeat herself. I’m not stupid. I can count.
I’m dealing daily with a seems-to-be-permanent ankle injury. I might have to take bigger things to the laundromat. But I’m not going to be toting baskets over there in the winter when I might fall on ice. Oopsy daisy.
But I digress from the kitchen situation. I took a cabinet door off on top, I put it back. I have tried to align the doors, because I think someone who is blind put them up there. But I haven’t had much success yet.
I was going to take off all the doors, but they are stained inside. Stained as in not painted with paint, but with stain. And someone got sloppy with the paint brush and got white strokes in there too when they were painting the fronts. So I’m trying to think of a way to deal with the doors.
I’ve put shelf liner down (the disposable kind), because some tenant put down the ugliest hard-to-get-up paper I’ve ever seen. I can’t get it all off. It’s like pulling bubble gum off your shoe. Yards of it.
So in my typical long-winded fashion, what I’m trying to say here is that life is not perfect and neither do our homes have to be. Make them pretty where you can and deal with the rest.
I will be doing a lot of posts on how to decorate a rental. They do not have to be cookie cutter spaces inside, though they all look alike outside. No, they do not.
You can put your stamp on them and give them some love and you can be happy with where you live, even if you didn’t think that could happen.
Because life is too short to be wishing you were someplace else.