When it comes to home improvements, there is the ideal: the dream kitchen , the luxury bathroom or the stunning addition. But you may spend years saving and planning for the ideal. So what do you do until then? Can you justify spending any money on something that is destined for the landfill, or must you live with what you have (and obviously dislike) while you save for the big renovation?
Steve Ramsey’s “Basic Mobile Workbench” vs the “Paulk” workbench.
- YouTube Video of Ramsey’s “BMW.” Follow his link for free plans and a video walking you through the first steps. The plans and detailed build video are included as a free bonus in his Weekend Woodworker course. (highly recommend if you are looking to get into woodworking)
- YouTube Video of Ron Paulk discussing the design of his workbench.
My temporary home office in the family room, old bookshelves vs. new display cabinets in the family room, photo albums on a bookshelf in the bedroom, instead of downstairs. All temporary “good enough” solutions until we can set up our “ideal” spaces.
New carpet and paint in the addition that we planned to tear down and why I don’t regret spending that money.
A hypothetical example of how you might update a kitchen while you save for a major remodel.
- YouTube Video of Jon Peters building basic plywood drawers with screws.
- YouTube Video of Drew Short (Rock-n H Woodshop) making and installing drawers in a bathroom cabinet
A day in the life (or something like that)
I am always talking about priorities, and not enough hours in the day or enough days in a week. For what it’s worth, I share with you how my time is divided in a typical week and why useful blocks of time to accomplish anything are so elusive.
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