Ever since we signed our death pledge and moved into our new home, we have had the urge to upgrade our furnishings. I’m sure this is a common feeling when you move into a new home. In our case, the new house is much larger, has an extra bedroom, an extra full bathroom and most of the rooms are larger. There is also a lot more natural light since we now live in a single family home instead of the townhouse that we bought on a whim.
Since this new space is so different than our the one we’ve been used to, it seems like the furniture and decorations we have don’t quite fit. Our new living room is much larger and would be awesome for a sweet sectional. My 42″ TV seems a lot smaller now that it is further away from our old couches. Even our bookcases seem a bit out of place. So did we go out and replace it all immediately? Nope!
Resist the Urge to Upgrade!
Instead of going out and buying all new furnishings we’re currently resisting the urge to upgrade. The main reason for us is the fact that we still have a lot of student loan debt we’re working on paying off, but more importantly (for most people), we’re still adjusting to our new house. We’ve only lived here for a few short months and we’re learning the ins and outs of our new space.
Why is it so important to learn the quirky things about your new place before you go our and buy a bunch of new furnishings? The main reason we’re waiting is so we can figure out what we do and don’t like about our new space. We’re figuring out where the warmer and colder spots of the house are as well as where the light hits at different times of the day.
It’d stink to set up our brand new living room and then, after spending a few grand on awesome furnishings, figure out that the light comes in the room wrong all afternoon and completely ruins your TV watching experience. You could also find out that your new spot for that oversized sectional couch is right under the AC/heat vent and you can’t stand it when they blow on you. It’d be even worse if the furniture couldn’t be rearranged or could only be rearranged in a way that makes your new space awkward.
The Financial Benefit to Resisting the Urge
There is another side benefit to waiting a while to upgrade your furnishings in your new home. It’ll probably take a few months to figure out the quirks of your house and during that time you can be searching to find that perfect piece of furniture to your new house.
You can be searching garage sales, craigslist and even regular retail stores for amazing deals. You might find that perfect piece at a bargain because you gave yourself time to find the perfect furnishings for your new home at the right price.
The Most Awesome Conclusion You Can Come To
All of this talk of upgrading and finding the perfect piece of furniture sounds great, but there is an even better conclusion that you can come to. After a few months of living with your old furniture in your new home, you might figure out it works a lot better in the new space than you thought it would.
Why is this the most awesome conclusion? You get to keep your well-tested, quality furniture AND you get to save a bunch of money at the same time. I’m secretly rooting for this to happen to us… but don’t tell Tori!
Whenever you have moved have you felt the urge to upgrade your furnishings? How did it turn out for you and how did you go about upgrading to new stuff? Any advice to find awesome deals? I might need it…