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Ok, so things have been pretty busy since we moved into the house and I haven’t had the time or inclination to get around to posting properly. But these past few days I’ve come down with a pretty bad cold and I can’t leave home lest I infect the innocents (or inflict my sickly appearance on them).

Being in a house we can call our own has been great so far. There’s just something about it being yours that makes it more “homey” i suppose. We have a few things we’ve been planning like tearing down the cheap curtains in favor of timber blinds and having a verandah put up. But we’ll take our time because now that we’ve moved in all our stuff and new new furniture has arrived (whoopee) I’m feeling rather lazy. After all the anticipation and running around it’s nice to just sit around and enjoy what we’ve finally bought ourselves. The various family members have come and gone and overall the responses have been very positive and I’m relieved. The dog even settled in like we had lived here all the time. I was very worried we’d be cleaning lots of “mistakes” off the cream carpet but all has been well in doggyland and no such thing ever happened.

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Just so many things going on lately. No time to blog!

  • The melbourne storms yesterday, i was stuck outside in nunawading then they happened. Hubby and I quickly ducked under cover to wait it out. Lucky too because just as we got under the giant hail stones started coming. Our rental place in Maidstone was ok on our return but it took a very long time to get back there ย because all the usual routes were either flooded or blocked up by people trying to get out of the city. We ended up hiding out in a restaurant until things settled down but in the meantime i was very worried about my dog back at home (she was ok btw).
  • We did the final inspection for our new house yesterday! Only one week to go until we take hold of the keys. I’m counting down the days and bouncing around with excitement! Finally, a place of our own where we can make the modifications we want. After 7 years of renting I cannot wait. Some of the new bank cards associated with the mortgage package came last week and it’s all starting to feel more real. Hello ball and chain. I’ve been sitting round working and reworking a budget and am glad we’re good for rates to rise 4 or 5% before we start stressing.
  • Set down a chunk of funds for a bed set from Focus On Furniture ๐Ÿ™‚ After looking for months i finally found something i liked, and I think my husband has been getting tired of me saying i didn’t want anything i saw. It’s due to arrive next monday so no more sleeping on a mattress on the ground for us anymore. And matching side tables. Oh how i loathe the old furniture.
  • The real estate agent found someone to take over our lease at the old place a few days after we move out! So i don’t have to keep paying rent, we were very worried about that as we are breaking contract and it could have been very expensive if no one had wanted to take the place for a while.

Hope you’re all heaving a great Chinese New Years and Valentines today ๐Ÿ™‚ We celebrated Valentines with takeout because we’re lame and didn’t organise anything. Our weekend was full of other things this week

1. House inspections were going on at the place we’re currently in. We’re hoping someone will want to take over our lease when we move out because we’re breaking lease. A lot of people came so hopefully one of them will apply. It’d ease my mind a lot as if we don’t find anyone we have to keep paying rent after we move out until someone applies.

2. Land measurements were carried out for the new house. We can now sign all the papers our conveyencer has sent us and return them. I’m so excited!

3. New years dinner and lunch spent with the Inlaws. I’m like a tub of lard after eating so much roast pork. I can’t help it, mum in law makes it so good!

4. Our ebay sales for our furniture finished around midnight last night and everything sold. Most of the stuff went for a good price, but I’d have liked the couch to go for a bit more then $75. Ah well. A lot of people showed up today for pickup and I feel a little lighter being rid of unwanted furniture. We’re starting to list some more things now. Our ebay ID is eggy99 if you’re interested. I’m trying to sell my mens size 4 doc martens, only worn twice!

5. We’ve booked the movers and the steam cleaners. yay. I feel progress. Half our home is also in neatly packed and labled boxes.

This song has been stuck in my head all weekend after sitting around the Inlaws watching Foxtel. It’s the song they use on the Lifestyle channel ads.

p.s. an update on the market thing. I’m never going again. we went twice and both times we only made about $80 profit. People only wanted to buy things for $1 or $2. Someone tried to bargain the Guess bag i was selling down to $2… i had only put it as $5 cos i was trying to get rid of it but cmon…

When I graduated from Uni i assumed I’d be paying off my HECS debt forever; but I’ve just looked at my tax return from last year and realized I’m going to be paying it off this year! In fact I’ve set aside enough to pay it before they index me in June (I’m self employed so I have to set aside my own tax/hecs). I also have enough to be paying off my husbands HECS debt at the same time. I’m so happy because it means i have more money in my budget after we move into the new house than i thought we would and we won’t have to scrimp so much ๐Ÿ™‚ In addition to this my car will be payed off at the end of the year which will mean another $720 freed up a month for us after December. I couldn’t be more thrilled right now.

I’m finally determined enough to haul myself to the markets and sell some old clothes/bags/jewellery. I’ve been talking about doing it with my mother in law for the last 2 years and now I’m finally going to go this Sunday. Things are being sorted and priced in big buckets. I’ll be at the Carribean Gardens markets in Scoresby, hopefully we can get rid of some stuff ๐Ÿ˜€ anything that doesn’t sell will be donated.

After having bought our home, my mind has been full of ideas for furniture and decoration. Right at the front of this has been the bedroom. For about a year hubby and I have been sleeping with our mattress on the floor all while chanting the mantra “we’ll get a bed set when we have a new house”. So my husband has decreed, now that we have a house, the bedroom is the first thing we will furnish.

My main concern in the new house is that it’s all very white. The family that lived there before had white carpet, white walls and white furniture. All a little bit bland. I want to keep the neutral background (white carpet and white walls but paint the skirting a contrasting color, maybe brown) and bring color to the room with items that can easily be changed. The above picture appeals to me with the use of bed linen and the carpet to add contrast to the room. I am also a big fan of the Hemnes range of furniture used. The only part i am not a fan of is the pink box at the end of the bed. I would prefer a large wooden chest in place instead.

All this cleaning is making me realise how much skincare and makeup I have that I have not used up. I sometimes flit from brand to brand just because i got bored of the product i was using. I really do not require the 10 tubes of hand cream I own do I? Nor do i really use 15 different lip balms?

So I’ve decided my first resolution for the new year is going to be to finish using things before i buy new ones. I haven’t decided how this will work with regard to things like eyeshadow and blushes as I have never in my life seen pan on either of these products. But it will apply to all skincare, lipgloss/balms/sticks, mascaras (i have enough stashed away unopened for years…), foundations, etc. Wish me luck in keeping this new resolution up!

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I’m even more motivated not to drown in my makeup now, after sorting through all of my makeup items. I found the eyeshadows i bought back when i first started to get into makeup. That’s 7 years ago. Somehow i don’t think my eyeshadow has been sitting all that inert for 7 years! After a bit of sniffing a very large ย (kind of odd smelling) chunk of my blush/bronzer/illuminator/eyeshadow collection has gone into the bin.

I followed this and my nose as a rule while sorting out. I did of course keep a few of the items i just cannot bear to part with but on the whole everything looks a lot more manageable now.

It’s very therapeutic. I’ve been slowly filtering through the house these past few days sorting things into 4 groups.

1. Keep
2. Rubbish
3. To donate
4. To garage sale or sell on vogue forums/ebay. (anything that doesn’t sell off by moving time gets donated)

3 great big bags of stuff have just gone off to a collection bin! I have a load of cds and books to take to the second hand store to sell in a few weeks. And so many clothes to get rid of. I’ve even found enough MAC empties to Back2Mac for a new lipstick when the mood strikes me (and it may soon considering i am on a month shopping ban)

Textbooks i am not sure what to do with… They were so expensive but I’ve tried to haul them off to second hand book stores and now that they have been superseded by new editions they will not take them. If anyone wants any medical or dental textbooks let me know? I’m willing to give them up for almost nothing, it just seems a shame to throw them.

Decluttering feels very freeing at any rate. I feel so much better that I’m not hoarding all this stuff i do not use or really want. No point in just having them in boxes all around the house. There’s still lots to go.

Hey everyone. I hope you all had a great Christmas and are up for a fruitful hunt at the boxing day sales. My hubby and I are avaoiding all the post Christmas sale goodness as we are in full blown savings mode until march when the house settles. We hope to have as much set aside as possible tobthrow into the loan and buy furniture. So while I cannot do any of my usual clothes shopping I will be looking a lot at furniture and home decorating ideas for the next three months.

What I am also doing starting today is sorting out all the stuff we’ve managed to hoard in the house over the years. I’m going to ruthlessly cull all the unwanted clothes, shoes and random crap before we shift off. Maybe put some up for sale on the vogue forums, have a garage sale and donate what I left. Should be fun.

I will make a post of some of our Christmas presents soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you all got some great stuff.

Our new home

This weekend my husband and I finally joined the ranks of the first home owners. After a long year of searching and disappointment we finally found something with almost everything we wanted within our price range. It’s a gorgeous 3 bedroom townhouse in Nunawading with a very low maintenance backyard (hubby and I are extremely lazy about gardens) which is perfect for the dog to run around in. It’s walking distance to the train station so there’s no need to buy a second car (another expense we were dreading tacking on top of the mortgage). Settlement is set for March, which suits me to a tee because i have a leasing contract to finish up where we are now! Gives us lots of time to scheme plan what we want to buy. I’m all over Provincialย for inspiration!

The auction process was a nerve wracking experience! This was our second auction and after the disappointment of last week (I am still convinced that i jinxed it by telling everyone who would listen about the house i wanted) we didn’t have much hope. But i made a supreme effort to look confident and stare down the competition from behind my dark sunnies! Then after that the property was passed in with us as the highest bidder and we had to negotiate. Very scary for the first home buyer, but we had to stick to our guns and say if we didn’t win we’d just move and and look elsewhere. I don’t think i even breathed until after the contracts were all signed! Even now i cannot quite believe it.

On the down side I am now forced to be frugal, a position i am not used to being in. I like to think i made a good start today by making a huge casserole and freezing it in multiple portions. Very cheap and delicious. I hope it will prevent me from suggesting we eat out so often due to post-work fatigue. The budget is now going into a major overhaul!