Yesterday I had to go to the store and pick out a vanity and lights for our new bathroom and I had to go alone! Nothing is more difficult for me. I like the clean lines of modern, the organic curves of art deco, the sweetness of cottage style ~ then throw in the price factor ~ this one isn't as nice, but it is cheaper, and this one is on clearance! I am a pushover for red tags. So I did come back with three different light fixtures, but did manage to only buy one vanity. I have bought and returned several faucets and if I hadn't ordered the bathtub and sink online (and the bathtub wasn't BUILT into the room) they probably would've been traded in by now as well. It is simply too much pressure to choose items that will be so permanent. And I also need to keep in mind that other people will probably live here someday so not to go too crazy (oops, too late, my tub is slightly over the top).
We have still been frequent garage sale attendees. Last Friday there was a whole neighborhood sale so we piled in the van then had a nice stroll in the sunshine, weighing down the stroller with treasures. We found some bowling shoes for Charlie, an entire wardrobe for Lulu, and multiple frames for .50¢ a piece. I have definitely become an enthusiast.
Between the coupons, the garage sales, and losing a storage room (the future bathroom) it is now time, once again, to return to decluttering. The circle of life.