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Save Money & Time... Plan Home Decorating Projects

Why is planning home decorating projects important? Let's start by asking the following question.

What do the following have in common?

1) Boxes of odds & ends collecting dust in the basement

2) Bags of discarded curtains, bedspreads and pillows in the attic

3) Half empty paint cans stacked against a wall in the garage

It could mean you have a hard time parting with anything, however, in this case all these point to decorating attempts gone astray.

Let me continue with a short story:

"The Discovery" Once upon a time there was a very cluttered basement. Over the years the occupants of the home had done nothing but toss things down there. When it finally became obvious that the only way to get from one side to the other was with the use of a road map, Mom decided it was time to clean house.

As she began going through the numerous boxes and after opening an infinite number of storage bags, she began to realize that one particular phrase was continually being repeated, "Why did I buy this". After what seemed like an eternity in the basement, she moved on to check other parts of the house.

What she discovered probably could have been used in a Steven King novel, the abandoned items in the basement has multiplied and had taken up residence in every out of the way space they could find. There were signs of them in all the closets, cupboards, under the beds even in the garage.

After giving it some thought, it became apparent that this was a case of Impulse Buying. Now don't worry there is a cure, it's called Planning, and it's really easy to learn.

Mom has since recovered from the dreaded impulse buying bug, has had a large tag sale and now before she goes out the door on any new decorating adventures, she arms herself with a Written Plan.

This family and their home now live happily ever after. "The End"...

Ok, this may have sounded silly, but I think you've gotten the idea. At one time or another we've all done this. Been out shopping, spot something and say "Oh, this is really cute" then without fail it come home with us.

But, nine times out of ten it ends up put away because it's either the wrong color, turns out there is no where to put it or it just doesn't go with anything.

This is why by taking the time to make a Written Plan, you'll save yourself time and money by not falling prey to the dreaded impulse buying bug.

Then, the happy ending at the conclusion of the story will be yours.

p.s. the facts in the story above are true and the Mom, well, that was me.

This article is shareware. Give this article away for free on your site, or include it as part of any paid package as long as the entire article is left intact including this notice. Copyright © 2005 Bonnie Carrier

Bonnie P. Carrier is the creator of Savvy Home Decorating & Savvy Outdoor Decorating. She is the mother to two grown daughters and a very spoiled 4yr old Blue Merle Sheltie named Toby. Stop by both site for indoor and outdoor decorating ideas.

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