How do you improve your house on a shoestring budget?

I’ve just spent a couple of hours at IKEA in Melbourne.  The worst thing I could ever do mainly due to the fact that I cannot afford to upgrade the house that I’m in right now.  My shower has three sliding doors and just recently while in the shower all the doors seized and it was difficult to get out.  Why?  Because the rollers had completely failed.  Sure it cost only a few dollars for two new rollers but then you have to find someone who is savvy enough to take the doors down, put the rollers on and then hang them back up again.  It’s not that easy.

I have a house full of so many problems and they are not necessarily an easy fix.  I have two bathrooms, two showers that need both the base and the screens updated to the 21st century.  I have toilets that are so atrociously dirty not even the strongest cleaner on the market can clean them and they are so out of date the water they use is almost all our water allowance for a summer.

I have striking blue carpet in my main bedroom.  I have hated it since day one but instead of getting it pulled up and replaced we got sky lights in three rooms, air conditioning and a billiard table that is no longer used and a pergola that leaks.  Decisions were made but since my husband held the purse strings he was the one who made all the major decisions.  

I have one peach bathroom, down to the vanity and bath and a great bathroom with blue sink and spa bath (this I have only ever used twice in the sixteen years I’ve lived in the house).  So many problems but where to start?  My ex husband doesn’t have the money to fix it all up and it won’t happen until it’s time for me to move out and definitely get a smaller place.

So in the meantime it’s a patch up job here, a paint job there and hopefully we can hold it together a little longer before my kids move out.  Two years tops and I’ll be working on an extension of the mortgage in the hopes of upgrading even the littlest thing.

I’ve been adding furniture when and where I can but it’s again only a patch up job and when I downsize a lot of this furniture might not be coming with me.

I would like to live in comfort and I can’t do that when I seriously hate the house.  I look forward to the day that I can downsize and hopefully buy a house outright that way I can work on my own style and something I can appreciate and know it’s going to last a very long time.



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I am having the best time of my life. I'm 50 plus, divorced, two grown children and just the opportunity to have a life after so many years of scrimping and saving is well worth the time it took to get here. I have a fantastic family with great family values and spending time alone is certainly something I enjoy which a lot of people find difficult to handle. I was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and cannot imagine living anywhere else. Strangely I don't like to travel and have no plans to do that in the future - I say strangely because so many people can't understand this, wanting to travel and experience other cultures - not on my agenda. I love to write and writing romance keeps me from going completely mad. I have found a job that I absolutely love and there are times it affords me time to type out my stories since I write all my stories by hand - I'm never without a pen or book. My motto is ... "People may forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" I've had many people who I can't even remember their names tell me that I made them feel good and for that I am truly grateful. I have become an avid reader of Rhonda Byrne's 'THE SECRET', "THE POWER" & now 'THE MAGIC". Whether you believe or think it's a load of @#$!@ - I do know that it works for me and my life and I am all the better for it. The Law of Attraction is something very close to my heart and I can honestly say with certainty that it works for me. I am truly grateful for the life I have been given and continue to enjoy. You can't go wrong when you just learn to say "thank you".
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