Right now my house is in the midst (mess?) of a renovation project. We are updating our bathroom which recently sprung a leak due to an array of broken and rusty pipes. We are also converting our dining room to a dual purpose “home office-guest bed room” combination in anticipation of the arriving baby.
We figure spending about $10,000 now will extend the useful life of this house for another 7-10 years before we have to bite the bullet and upgrade to a bigger house. We did some research late last year and the result was not good. For a modestly bigger house in a slightly better neighborhood, we essentially have to double our current mortgage. To us, one extra bed room does not worth $150,000.
With any renovation project, I have to look for stuff that I have not used for years. This makes me realize how important it is to throw away old junks and organize things that I am keeping. I cannot tell you how many times I have to run out to Lowe’s or Home Depot to buy tools and supplies that I have in my storage. But because it is not well organized, I could not find what I need and ended up going out to buy new. This is not only a complete waste of money, it also adds to the pile of junk I already have.
Image courtesy of The Productivity Factory
When this renovation project is over, my family and I will be doing some 5S activities. 5S is a productivity improvement process originated in Japan. The 5S are five major steps as follow:
Well, time to go back and put up more plastic barrier to fight off dust. Yuck!