My new closet has me lusting after more home improvement projects. It all looks so fabulous that I feel like the closet's awesomeness dwarfs that of the rest of the house.
Of course, that's not true. My house is lovely. And seriously, self, it's just a closet. I am probably the only person who finds it completely wonderful.
(I have always had a love of boxes and storage, though, so perhaps a perfectly organized closet is right up my alley.)
But the sense of satisfaction with having something completed that has been on my home improvement wishlist since I bought the house has me looking at what else I can complete on that list.
My Home Improvement Plans
Some of the things will have to wait a while. Things like new windows and new flooring for my basement just aren't in the budget yet. This is motivation to set aside more money for those projects though. Even if it's only $20 a month, it will slowly add up. I think that's part of my problem in saving up for big projects. I feel like if I can't budget a "big" amount ($50 or more, in my brain), it's not worth setting that money aside. But I need to remember that little dollar amounts add together to make big dollar amounts.
It might also help me control my spending even more. Do I really want to buy this widget or do I want to put this $10 towards new flooring? New flooring sounds boring, but given how happy I am with my closet, I'm sure that new flooring in a frequently used area of the house will be ten times as exciting.
Not that all of my fun spending has to stop, of course. Everyone needs little splurges in their life. But I think that it's time that I recommit to saving for the big home improvement projects I want to tackle over the next few years. It will add value to my house, but more importantly, it will only increase my enjoyment of my home.
Are you saving up for any big ticket items? Do you put away little amounts or find it easier to set aside large chunks of money?