Before we moved to Anchorage I was the DEBT REDUCTION QUEEN. I had actually managed to quell my desire for stuff. New clothes, misc house items, random crap, I still wanted it sure, but I wasn't buying it. I was going to do my garden up with the least amount of spending on my part, plant my flowers from seeds instead of buying starters, I had decorated my home to a point of content, the dogs had what they needed, I had enough clothing to last a lifetime, overall the spending was on hold.
Then we moved.
Moving is a money PIT.
Even though your life fit perfectly in one home, even though you have more junk than you could possibly need for your move into a smaller home, somehow you always end up buying crap. Tons of it. Rugs, pictures, chairs, candles, bathroom storage, curtain rods, bla bla bla WHY DO WE NEED ALL THIS STUFF AND HOW DO I CONVINCE MYSELF I DON'T ACTUALLY NEED IT?
I can't help myself. I want. Suddenly I want so many things!
So here it is. My wishlist for the new house. I give in. Don't judge me.
I am so in love with this twist on normal herb pots. These will go on my deck and I envision some will have herbs and some will be annuals.
Also in the gardening theme, even though I miss my old garden and yard terribly, the ennui has passed, and damn it I'm dressing up my deck. No more wallowing! First things first, I must acquire deck railing planters. LOTS OF THEM.
Maybe they'll be homemade, but I assume they'll probably be something I pickup from the gardening store. Wham-bam-thank-you-mam!
I also desperately need a rug for my office. The office has the door to the backyard, and even with my door mat the dogs are tracking in TONS of dirt. So I need a rug to cover the crap carpet, to brighten my office, and then once I cover the backyard in gravel we'll be set.
This beauty caught my eye. I love it since my office is now mostly black and white, and since I can no longer rely on wall color for my "pop," rugs will have to do!
For our main bedroom wall I'm having these four pictures printed in 8×10 and framed in a simple black frame with a nice thick white matte. One or two images below might not make the final cut, but the idea will be the same. Black and white, and all four from our road trip.
I think it will be a great reminder of how our "adventure" started. Even if it did require many many hours in the filthy car!
For our dinning room wall, I want an antique map of Alaska professionally framed. Bigger the better.
Sure, I had talked about trying to find one on my own, but I'm impatient as hell by nature and I have a feeling I'll pull the trigger on a well framed print before I dig through thrift stores and Etsy.
Will I be as proud of my find if I buy it online? Will I have a fantastic story about my map hanging on my wall? No and no. BUT, will it be up there in the next month instead of sometimes in the next year? Yes. And I am a sucker for instant gratification.
Turns out our second couch, the most comfortable of the two completely does not fit in our living room. WAY too big. Insert sad face.
So, I feel a chaise or oversized chair in our future…
And lastly, I need me some XtraTuf boots.
In Alaska these boots are known as the "sneakers of Alaska." Fishing, camping, gardening, dog walking, you name it. People up here get married in them they love them so much.
I see a lot of fishing, camping and dog walking, not so much special events use, but who knows. Maybe they'll grow on me!
So in conclusion, this move is trying to break the bank.