So, have you ever been knee-deep in a room plan when you suddenly start to realize that your budget is not matching your dreams?? Does anyone else have as hard a time as me of letting go of your dream plans and settling for the plans that work right now? Lately I have been in a full-on tizzy trying to wrap my brain around how we are going to completely redecorate our home in preparation for this baby. Somehow preparing a nursery has turned into changing at least 4 rooms and my little design-obsessed mind has run rampant with ideas.
My supportive husband has run right along with me until he started to see the cold hard facts…my plans cost a lot of money! We don’t have the kind of money where we can splurge on decorating just yet…for some reason those pesky bills and mortgages and cars seem to eat a lot of our budget 🙁 So I understand that not all of my dream plans can happen all at once. I have had to take a look at my original plans and come back down to earth. I am trying to view it as good practice for helping future clients with their budgets and as additional practice in getting the most bang for your buck.
I now have three sets of plans:
1. The fantasy plan: Includes all the changes I want to make if money were not a major factor.
2. The realistic plan: Includes the changes that would be ideal but eliminating those that can be postponed.
3. The all else fails plan: Includes the absolute musts like beds for each kid.
I am human and having to change plans is not always easy for me. Sometimes my inner spoiled brat is screaming I want it all and I want it now!
To keep that little brat in check I am having to remind myself that realistically, most people do not tackle every house project at once. I know this from being inside other people’s homes and helping them decide which room to begin with.
I am also having to remind myself that great rooms come together over time.
Trying to hastily put together 4 rooms at once just for the sake of “being done” will most-likely result in rooms that are complete but do not have my personal stamp. That takes time and love.
And lastly I am relying heavily on lists.
So what if I never scratch off everything. I can at least look at my plans and realistically choose the things that need to be done and which things can wait. Now I can focus my attention and budget to one project at a time and I will now have projects to look forward to down the road.
I guess the real point of this post is just to remind myself that like everything in life, patience is a virtue!
And hopefully some of you can leave me a comment and reassure me that I am not the only one who gets caught up in the do-it-all mentality??
What are your go-to tricks or mental reminders when your budget does not match up to your plans??