Last week I was all set to publish a post about why having nice things makes my home happier, but when I read it back, I realised that I was apologising for wanting to replace things that were past their usable days because of some ideal that we should be happy with what we have. But that’s a bit silly, so I’m going to stop doing that.
What I’ve realised is that having good quality stuff that’s in good working condition makes me feel happier. I struggle a bit with the consumerist part, but I just need to let that go. I don’t buy for the sake of buying and I’m pretty picky with my purchases and I take so long to decide that I’m usually really happy with what I bring home.
Money has been tight over the last year or so, and my list of things to replace has been growing. I complied a “to buy” list for the items that I want to invest in, and with the combination of me starting a new job and the post-Christmas/Summer Clearance sales, I was able to get some of those things ticked off my list and happily into my home – and at a great price! Here are 3 of the big items on my list:
Late last year I won a voucher for AURA Home and there was so much to choose from that I couldn’t decide, but when their summer sale started I decided to have another look and I realised that what I really wanted was a double set of matching towels. Their stuff is fantastic quality, so it really came down to colour choice. I chose the Charcoal triangle pattern with the neon lime accents.
I went with the Bath Towel Set (which included two hand towels, two bath towels and a bath mat) and two Bath Sheets. I’m so glad I picked them, and I’m thinking of saving to get another bath towel set in future. It was a voucher well spent and I’m so happy with my choice. You can find them here.
Having new towels means that I can clean out my linen cupboard of all the old, worn out towels and not worry that we don’t have enough. I kept a couple of old ones for future hair dying mishaps (or accidental flooding mop ups), but most are now gone. Woo!
I have always made cakes with my mum’s old Kenwood Chef. It’s around 40 years old and has been a workhorse in our home, but in the last year, the motor has been struggling and it doesn’t have any splash guards so can make a crazy mess when you first start mixing. After a lot of research about which machine to buy (and even a pro/con list about other brands) and looking at the summer clearance prices, I decided to go with the Kenwood Chef Sense.
This year one of my goals is to learn to cook a bigger range of food and to enjoy cooking more. Having the right tools is helping me with that already. I got mine from my work (I work in a Department Store) and I love it! It’s really just an updated version of what I had before and I hope that it will last as long as mum’s did.
Quilt Cover Set.
My quilt cover (doona/duvet cover) set had seen better days, and didn’t really go with my style anymore, so I’ve been on the look out for something that would not only suit my style, but also go well with my patterned sheets and even my bedroom wall colour. I spent hours trawling through online stores looking for one that was “me”. I was starting to think that I’d never find one, when I decided to have a quick look at the Adairs Kids section on their site, and voila! I found the perfect one for me!
All the sets in the Adairs Kids section go up to queen size, so it’s perfect for colour-loving kids-at-heart like me! The fruity cover not only matches my colourful style, but it also goes with my patterned sheets and my wall colour! Winning! It’s 250 thread count cotton and I love it so much! You can find it here. (It’s an even better price now than what I got it for).
I’ll be sharing more finds and buys from my big “to buy” list as I get them.
Have you got any great deals for your home lately?