The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Furnishing the Basement

We have a partially-finished basement (it has flooring and drywall, but no ceiling–just exposed beams) that we’re in the process of fixing up as a family room. Our plan is to move our television and other entertainment items down there and have that become our main hangout, allowing us to leave our living room as a place to receive guests.

The first item on the agenda is to get the basement furnished. We’re not going to be picky in this regard, and will just hit some discount furniture shops for a cheap couch, some comfy chairs, and a couple of coffee tables. We don’t want to have to worry about food spills and stains, so we’re definitely not going to get anything fancy.

Once we get the furniture in place, we have to call an electrician to do a bit of rewiring for our electronics. We don’t have a cable jack down there, which means we won’t be able to watch TV unless we get one put in, and we don’t have nearly enough electrical outlets either. Hopefully one guy can do all the rewiring that we need.

After that, we’ll be able to move our television, DVD player, video games, and everything else down there and start using the area as more than just a storage room. I can’t wait!

Garage Sale

I’m currently getting things ready for our annual spring garage sale. I know it’s a bit early, but the weather’s been so bad that I don’t have anything else to do right now, so what the heck.

I’ve already set aside five boxes of clothes, toys, books, video games, and DVDs that we would like to get rid of. I haven’t thought of prices yet, but from past experience, I think we can net several hundred dollars for this stuff. Not bad, especially when you consider the fact that we’ve gotten plenty of use out of these products over the past couple of years!

Anyway, I love reducing clutter, and once I get on a roll, it’s hard to stop me. I’m sure I’ll end up with several more boxes for the sale before all is said and done!