WHEW! If you really read and watched those fascinating videos, I bet there was lots of interesting info you didn't know about.
Let's go back to our own selves and our own lives for a moment....
SAVING MONEY ...
STAY HOME MORE!
‘Your Apartment/Home is your Castle”
Stay Home to Save Money
My oldest son loved it when he realized how efficient it is to conserve lots of money by staying home and having his musician friends play there. Home is no longer a “pit stop”. It is now a necessity to use our homes for living our lives. We simply don’t have the money to spend that we used to so that’s it. PUNT. The psychological shift will effect your whole family because now you are together. That could be a challenge. Learning to get along takes priority status. This will effect everyone because the system has changed.
Many years ago I realized that when you go out, you spend money. When you stay home, you don’t. (Except for those computer shoppers and if you are one of those, call me at once so we can set up your FREE session immediately. )
Life with less money to spare means your home just rose in value. You will be spending more time there, so if you aren’t smiling, DOWNSIZE to THRIVE to the rescue.
Staying home means you have to feel cozy and grounded in your own home. You have to be able to relax there. And you have to have something to do there that amuses you. Most importantly, the people in your home have to get along and like to be around each other. Being happy to be home is essential for health and happiness.
Helping you create a home which suits your desires and supports your growth is part of the DOWNSIZE to THRIVE model. Home is not just a place to slam through to change your clothes or catch some zzzzz’s. Home is your base, your safespot and a reflection of who you are. Let’s make it so.
We’re here to help in all ways and that means talking about the real issues. The Elephants in the room don’t scare us. We’re riding our own for all to see. No secrets here. And we can help you address what’s blocking your flow regardless of the subject. We know how to Cozify your dwelling space. On a physical level, we help you REDESIGN, cut your house costs, evaluate your stuff and help you get rid of what no longer serves you. We also have associates who will help you clean out your attics and basements and junk drawers. If you haven’t done it so far, it’s more than likely you aren’t going to do it alone. So call us.
Make your House your Castle
Rearrange the house for a completely new look and feel. Don’t even think about buying furniture you can’t afford. Of course you can go thrift shopping or even trade furniture with your friends. Make use of the new websites popping up in all communities where people want to get rid of stuff for free if only you will haul it away.
Think about fixing everything you have been avoiding. Pretend someone is coming to visit (you know how busy we get cleaning up for visitors). YOU are your own new friend, a new visitor in your life, so you deserve the best surroundings possible. That means dealing with things you have been tripping over or bumping into. Consider putting up window treatments that keep the oil bills down. If you rent, put plastic over the windows. It reduces oil use by about 20%. Create a more cozy space for all your personal activities. Make your cooking space a delight. Food increases in importance in a more simple life because we are used to pleasure and must get it wherever we can. Learn to cook well. It's FUN.
The real psychological shift here is to figure out, if you don’t want to be home, why. If it’s dread you feel when you think of spending more time at home, check out your emotional reaction. Do you need to learn to spend time alone with your own self? Do you need a hobby, could you start your own business, watch the Iron Chef and surprise the family with a totally amazing dinner once a month? Commit to finding out why your own home, on which you spend a giant chunk of your income, is not your favorite place to be and change things one small issue at a time.
USE CASH Spending cash makes your economics real. Creative solutions come when the blinders are removed. Get unstuck through the Cash-way.
STOP BUYING BRAND NAMES and buy generic. Check the ingredients until you find the ones that are the same... and they do exist. And don't buy cheap mayonnaise. Hellmann's is still it.
CO-OP and BULK Purchases. Share and shop in bulk with other families or join groups to purchase directly from distributors. Co-ops have been around forever. Join one.