We bought an older home and had been doing a lot to update it. Then the Great Recession hit. When that ended, we started having a family.
When we bought our home, we’d planned to be in five to seven years then buy a larger home and start a family. But the Great Recession happened, and I took a 40% pay cut just to keep my job. I’m the primary income in our home, so it was an especially rough time.
Shortly after the Great Recession, we started our family. Those of you with children are not surprised home improvement projects were all but completely ignored during this time.
But the girls are getting older. We’ve considered moving, but things with my husband’s career are in flux, so we thought it best to limit the amount of chaos if at all possible. That means staying in our current home.
I am not good at interior design. Color and how it works eludes me. I’ve tried hiring some interior designers, but none want to work with a limited budget. So, I’m trying to tackle it myself.
To make the projects easier and more doable, I’m starting with my oldest daughter’s room. She’s at the cusp age where she’s no longer a preschooler, but she’s not a teen, either. She wants a Zelda room, because of course she does. Couldn’t be anything easy like Frozen or something.
Neither my husband or I are very handy, so we’re going to be hiring contractors as needed to try to avoid the worst mishaps.
But after ten years, the house needs to be updated. We’re going to start in one room and go from there.
Wish me luck! I’m going to need it!
Have you ever tackled this kind of project? If so, *please* share any tips and pointers!