Most people wish they had more money for decorating. I would argue you can find more money in what you are already spending. A good place to start is making sure you love it before you buy it.
Buyer’s remorse, missing a return deadline, and ultimately living with things you bought, but don’t like is a waste of money.
Imagine confidently choosing things you love
that will have staying power in your home.
Things with staying power will stand the test of time, you will always find a spot for them, and you’ll never give them that sideways I-never-should-have-bought-you glare.
When you buy things with staying power, confident you’ll love them for a long time to come, then you’ll spend less money decorating in the long run. And that goes for big and small purchases. It’s easy to think a few dollars here and there on decor you might not totally love isn’t so bad. But all those little impulse purchases add up in more ways than one.
Think back over the past year of all the little stuff you bought on impulse, because it was a good deal, or because you just liked it at the time. If you hadn’t spent the money on all those little things, how much money would you have to spend on something you really wanted?
Let’s do the math:
Even $25 a month on random things, adds up to $300
you could have put toward things you really wanted.
The other way the bad buys add up is filling your home with things you don’t love. You loved the sale price or using a coupon or the power of making a purchase, but none of those translates directly to something you will love at home. Instead of a home filled with things with staying power, your home is filled with things you got for 50% off or two for one or when you had a bad day and wanted retail therapy.
That’s not to say you cant find things with staying power at a great price. But price shouldn’t be the main driver for bringing any thing home with you. I think you should go through a few other checks before you even look at the price tag.
I call it “The Pre-Purchase Test”. It’s so important that I devoted a whole chapter to it in my book Free Decorating. Find out how to really make sure you love it before you bring it home. Check out Free Decorating here.