Monday, February 27, 2012
Starting a collection
I'm one of those people who see something and then I want it, like immediately.
When we moved to our first rented house before we were married we started buying furniture and accessories and filling the space.
I bought this cute light green shower curtain with white flowers on it, and then I bought green towels in what could only be described as geese poop green. Back then I didn't think about my purchases as much, I thought they matched, they were the only thing available, so I bought them.
We also had some hand me down towels from my parents that I somehow managed to get bleach all over. Needless to say my towel collection was just a hot mess.
Then my style evolved. Suddenly I realized that geese poop green towels were the last thing that I would ever want, ever. But going out and getting a whole new set of towels really wasn't in the budget. So I made a little mental note that someday soon, I would start replacing them.
I thought I wanted tan towels. I figured they were neutral enough. One day I bought two to try them out. After a couple months I realized, I didn't love the tan. Both my bathrooms were tan, so I thought it made sense, but I just didn't love them.
What I really wanted was all white towels.
I sure was glad I didn't buy a whole collection of tan towels on a whim.
Then we put our house on the market, and I thought what better time for some fresh white towels to hang on the towel bars. So I went to bed bath & beyond and I used some coupons and bought 4 white fluffy towels.
6 months later I knew that I loved them and wanted to replace all of the towels. I took my Christmas money, and my coupons and bought 7 more towels. Then a couple months later I bought 4 more. We've removed all the old towels and now have just the white fluffy ones. I feel like I'm in a spa and I love it.
The truth is life isn't always about instant satisfaction. Sometimes we need to wait for what we want. Sometimes when we wait, we better understand what we want and need. And a collection over time makes better sense on the wallet.