10 Ways to Survive Building or Remodeling Your Home
Article by: Julie Lohmeier
1. Think of the project as a new diet.
Who doesn't want to lose at least five pounds? This is one way to do it. Between running to stores all day and evening long, meeting with contractors, , Benefits Of Gardening For Kids inspecting the work, searching the Western world for the perfect light , The Advantages of Poly Outdoor Furniture fixture, who has time to eat? Provided you don't sabotage this new, unorthodox diet plan, , Patios And Garden Pavers with McDonalds drive through, you're good for losing five pounds. If you are a masochistic type who does some of the work yourself , Creating a Mood with Scents - whether it be painting, , What Is Compost And Why Does My Garden Need It? laying tile, , Searching for the most informative advice pertaining to spri landscaping , Benefits Of Gardening For Kids the yard , Environmentally Safe Ways to Remove Weeds - you can count on another five to ten pounds of weight loss. Just think, you may be miserable, frustrated, exhausted, and down right cynical about the good of the humankind, but your jeans will fit nicely!
2. Write checks as aerobic exercise.
These workouts are great for toning the wrist and fingers. Usually done in hectic spurts as you race out the door , EZ to Grow - The Eastern White Pine Tree in the morning while the contractors , How To Plant And Care For Geraniums are breathing down your neck and your kids are beating each other with the lunch boxes you just prepared, the stress and frantic activity are sure to raise your heartbeat for a good hour. Grumbling under your breath that the plumber, electrician, or you name it, isn't really worth this much money adds greater intensity and calorie burn to this little publicized exercise regime.
3. Save , Beds for the pets: sleeping in comfort money through shopping burnout.
Yes, even the most die-hard shopper will come to dread setting foot in any store. This affliction starts innocently enough as you go to look for light , A Look at Washington DC Flower Delivery Services fixtures. How hard can it be? Hard! Either the light , Environmentally Safe Ways to Remove Weeds you want is being shipped from Yugoslavia and won't arrive until your youngest child buys his own home, , Garden Gnomes to add whimsey to your garden or you just can't find the one you want. You'll shop every lighting and electrical store you know. You'll search Home , Can a Stock Market Crash Be Profitable ? Shorting Stocks >>
Short Selling Stocks ... How to Short St Depot. You'll haunt hardware , Why Hire a Professional Writer? stores. And then there's plumbing , More About Butterly Gardening fixtures. Sink centers, faucet handles, finishes, special orders. What's all that about? And the cost. You'd think you were outfitting the palace for a former third world dictator. Of course, there's carpet, , Creating a Mood with Scents tile, , Why Hire a Professional Writer? hardwood, stairs, siding, windows. , The Cranberry Viburnum Will Thrive In Furlong Pa Enough already. And you thought it was a pain picking mints and sweet table treats for your wedding.
After your 1000th trip to Home , Deciduous Shrubs in the Garden Depot (or Lowes or Menards or whatever), in addition to all the other trips you've made for items that shouldn't count as shopping (toilet seats, for example), you've had it. Your friends won't be able to bribe you to check out the latest sale at Bloomingdales. You'll think it will be better when you can pick out "fun" things like paint, , The Finishing Steps to Building Your Log Cabin: Roofing, Sid wall , Online Florists - Why The Popularity? paper, drapes, fabric, furniture , Deciduous Shrubs in the Garden ... but don't bet on it. At this point, the pressure to make your home , How To Make a Headboard look like something other than an empty rat maze will counteract any joy in shopping. Spending this much money has never been such a miserable experience. As a result, when your home , Benefits Of Gardening For Kids becomes half-way presentable, you'll refuse to shop again - even for groceries - for at least six months. The money you save , Patios And Garden Pavers during this shopping hiatus will be sufficient for you to resume this previously pleasurable past time once more without guilt.
4. Impress your friends with obscure facts.
Only someone that has built or remodeled their home , Native Trees and Plants For Carbon County Pa can explain the fluid dynamics of a proper toilet water , Vegetable Gardening Tips swirl. Or cite the International Building , Decorating A Child's Room Code that calls , Decorating A Child's Room for no more than 6' between electrical outlets. Or brag that triple glazed windows , Decorating A Child's Room are really the wave of the future for light , Searching for the most informative advice pertaining to spri emitting device technology. See what I mean? :)
5. Pride yourself , Decorating A Child's Room on your new creative skills. , Home Equity – Don’t Spend It On Risky Investments
You'll discover a creative side that you never knew existed. Like how to , Gardening - Lawn Maintenance Chores Part V wash dishes in the bath tub. And how to , Do-it-Yourself Roofing, Is it Advisable? Some Tips and Guide make a full course meal for a family of four using nothing more than a toaster and hot , Benefits Of Gardening For Kids plate. Or how to , Garden Supplies Are the Gardener's Paint and Brush fit an entire family in a house , More About Butterly Gardening smaller than your first apartment. , Beds for the pets: sleeping in comfort They say that necessity is the mother of invention. That's probably true, but I also think that the only thing that separates modern and pioneer life is just one kitchen , Searching for the most informative advice pertaining to spri or bath remodeling project.
6. Yell at someone other than your kids - and not feel guilty.
Honestly, as a modern woman trying to juggle the running of our homes, , How To Conquer Caterpillars possibly a job, and the future Olympic soccer aspirations of our children, you have the primal need to yell. At someone. Anyone. Often our spouse and children suffer from this need of ours to release pent up negative energy , How To Grow African Violets generated from nothing more than some miniature human leaving smelly gym shoes on the kitchen , Garden Supplies Are the Gardener's Paint and Brush table. (Ok, that probably deserves a bit of yelling - we eat at this table!) But when you remodel your house, , More About Butterly Gardening you have a whole cast of characters - and believe me, they're characters - that often deserve a good scream from time to time. Like when they tell you that they tore out the fireplace because they didn't think it looked right. Or when they show you a mistake made three weeks ago that now requires half the house , growing aloes to be torn down in order to fix. Yelling isn't immature or a result of too much estrogen, it's therapy.
7. Throw out (finally) your significant other's treasured [fill in the blank] from his bachelor days.
You know what I mean. It could be the semi-nude poster he won't get rid of. Or his collection of exotic beer cans. Or all of his Sports Illustrated magazines since the Chicago Bears last won the Superbowl. Now is the perfect time to get rid of it. If you need to move out of your house , More About Butterly Gardening while the remodeling is done, or you are moving to a new home, , Searching for the most informative advice pertaining to spri such an opportune time may never occur again. Say it won't fit in the rental house. , Water Pond Wildlife - How To Attract More Animals to Your
Backyard It's either this or his golf clubs. Gently remind him that the sentimental item really serves as a reminder of his advancing years. Anything. Get rid of it. It will be one positive you can remind yourself , Do-it- Roofing, Is it Advisable? Some Tips and Guide of when the stress of remodeling makes you feel that this project was the biggest mistake of your life.
8. Grow , What Is Compost And Why Does My Garden Need It? closer to your family through forced bathroom , The Best Online Slot Machines Around sharing.
The saying goes that absence makes the heart grow , Can a Stock Market Crash Be Profitable ? Shorting Stocks >>
Short Selling Stocks ... How to Short St fonder. Perhaps that wise pundit had to share a closet sized bathroom , Native Trees and Plants For Carbon County Pa with three kids and a spouse. In reality, there's no greater way to create intimacy in a family than by all trying to get ready for the morning in the same 7'x 5' space. You'll learn new exciting things about your children - like toilet paper is purely optional for little boys. You'll discover that there is no bond quite like the one created when the entire family brushes their teeth together over the same sink. You'll realize why the older generation of your relatives only washed their hair once a week instead of facing communal bathroom , Patios And Garden Pavers time. But most importantly, you'll no longer need to yell at your kids to hurry up for school - they're standing right next to you.
9. Earn free flights from all of your purchases.
In what is admittedly (and somewhat sheepishly) the only practical survival tip , The Advantages of Poly Outdoor Furniture on this list, get an airline mileage credit card. Charge everything on it - lights, , Online Florists - Why The Popularity? plumbing , Vegetable Gardening Tips fixtures, windows, , Creating a Mood with Scents doors, , Home Equity – Don’t Spend It On Risky Investments lumber, carpet. , Tips and Tricks for Better Bedrooms The windows , Keep Your Yard Ornamental With Sago Palm Care alone can get you close to one free trip. Whether you decide to share your miles with anyone else in the family or to escape on your own to a world of quiet solitude and, preferably, an open bar, is entirely up to you.
10. Hire some good looking contractors , Benefits Of Gardening For Kids and feel like you're 15 years old again.
Hey, guys get a whole chain of restaurants and bars where the main attraction is busty waitresses in tight t-shirts (Hooters). Why can't us gals have some eye candy once in a while? Besides, it's a productivity tool. , Easter Finery For Your Fireplace And Mantel: Springtime Deco You'll be more likely to inspect the job or meet the architect if some young, fit, good-looking men are there - especially in the summer , Home Equity – Don’t Spend It On Risky Investments months when shirts tend to become optional. For example, we once hired a roofing , More About Butterly Gardening crew of male model wannabees for a house , A Look at Duvet Cover Sets we built. My husband called them the "Beefcake Roofers." They created quite a stir in the neighborhood that summer. , What Is Compost And Why Does My Garden Need It? Let me tell you, it made rushing to stop by the house , Water Pond Wildlife - How To Attract More Animals to Your
Backyard to go over notes with the trades first thing in the morning a bit more interesting - and much more fun!
Finally, remember, the end result of your new house , Garden Supplies Are the Gardener's Paint and Brush will be worth the aggravation of the process. Plus, think of all the good stories you can tell!
About the Author
A veteran of numerous home , The Finishing Steps to Building Your Log Cabin: Roofing, Sid remodeling and building , Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Company projects, Julie Lohmeier has seen the entire spectrum of home , Easter Finery For Your Fireplace And Mantel: Springtime Deco improvement. She shares her remodeling tips, , Why Hire a Professional Writer? home , Garden Supplies Are the Gardener's Paint and Brush decorating ideas, and other various rants at www.myhomeredux.com?SRV_GO.
copyright 2005, Julie Lohmeier, www.myhomeredux.com
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