Lately I haven’t been writing because we’ve been busy with the reno, traveling, crossfit and everything else! Usually I can make just a little time, but instead, I’ve been using all my free time to over think every single purchase for the new house. Dave and I are not the best decision makers – he says that it’s because he makes decisions all day at work, and I have many reasons including wanting to find the best deal, fear that there is something better out there and frankly, just too many options in general.
So today I’m sharing five things over which I have been agonizing lately, since it’s almost over! (I actually made one of the “final” decisions today when I woke up and saw an email from my mom saying she loves the couch I plan to buy!)
1. Dishwashers. They apparently should be below a certain decibel in order to be sufficient. Then you have to decide, do you want the silverware tray on the door, on the top or on the bottom? This brand is the “top seller” so it’s naturally the most expensive, but let’s keep in mind that it doesn’t have the capacity to heat the water, so you have to hook up a hot water line. Oh, and it also doesn’t have a food disposer so you have to clean everything off before you put it in. Isn’t that the point of having a dishwasher? How did that become the best seller? Needless to say, we did not go with that brand. I finally made a decision after Dave said, “just pick one,” and then days later said, “I would have picked the other one.” Fun times.
2. Toilets. This one came as a surprise to me. I always thought that there were five or six options and the difference mostly had to do with color. What a misconception … there are hundreds!! People, why on earth are there so many options for this? A friend told me that even though she spends a lot of time there, she’s never “noticed a good one.” To me, buying a toilet is the epitome of American greed. We’ve taken something so simple and ensured that every little nuance a person could expect or desire is available for purchase. I was sure that everyone would agree the selection is ridiculous, until my dad said this weekend, “I should have told you about this toilet I bought for the lake house. It’s the best toilet there is! You see, it’s all about the shape of the toilet that makes a difference whether it gets clogged.” I honestly can’t imagine the difference is that drastic.
3. Paint. I fully expected this to be a process. I mean, there are millions of colors out there and a noticeable difference in each shade, so it’s easy to get hung up on this one. My best friend Carin knows someone who painted her living room something like 15 shades of gray (oddly close to the book reference) because she couldn’t get it quite right. Apparently gray dries so differently than the paint chip that it’s difficult to get right, which is great for us since the entire house is gray!! (Reno updates to come soon so you can see for yourselves, I promise.)
4. Faucets. Shiny silver or brushed nickel? That’s an easy one for me because 95% of the time I will go with the nickel because I prefer a matte finish on metals. But now there is also the rubbed bronze option. And I discovered that I have a preference between one knob or two handles. (Actually throughout this process, I discovered a lot of preferences I never knew I had!) Should you opt for two handles, do you want them to be slightly curved or more straight? Do you want a high arch or a smaller one? It goes on …
5. Couches. This has killed me. I will never get back the many countless hours of my life that I spent looking for a couch. The problem here is that I know what I want, but haven’t been able to find the full package – the right price, size, shape, style, color and fabric. Not to mention Dave and I both have to like it. We decided on a couch from Macy’s, but then Judy informed us that the fabric was unacceptable. Looking back at it last night in the store I totally got it. She was right. So after going to four different stores and eating a lovely healthy dinner in the food court of a dying mall, I came home to scour the web for something, fully resigning myself to the fact that it would likely be a 6-8 week wait. Looking back at my home Pinterest board, I actually rediscovered a couch I’d seen a while back (picture below). As I said before, Judy gave it her stamp of approval. Her email this morning pushed me to the point of feeling nearly complete…. although I know it’s just a false sense of accomplishment from selecting this one item. I’ve been here before. Some other decision will come along, and I’ll be right back where I was with this, carefully calculating each possible option multiple times. (Now it’s on to accent chairs.)
Happy Tuesday everyone!