Frugal Living in Suburbia

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We've been working really hard since we moved into our new house in January, making improvements like removing tile and carpeting, repairing and replacing wood flooring, putting in new windows and a new front stoop (hey--you can take the girl out of NYC)--from the inside to the outside of the house, we've been busy. We've done a lot with not a lot of money. Our house is a canvas with both successes a failures. But it's also an example of dreams deferred because part of creating a life that's "good" with style is being judicious about your resources.

Financial, personal time, and creative energy are all valuable commodities. It can be hard to live in a place that you want so desperately to fix up, but you just have to resolve yourself to living with it "as is" until the time is right. With the advent (onslaught?) of social media, it's gotten really hard to keep things in perspective, don't you agree? When people only show you the fabulous, you tend to feel alone in your not-so-fabulous existence, at least, if you're anything like me. I can't tell you how many times I've said to my husband "I bet we could remodel the bathroom ourselves" to which he responds "nope." Sometimes I just have to shut it all down. How do you handle inspiration overload?

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