Hello, I’m Marissa, an aspiring first time home buyer in Brooklyn, New York. I blog about my home buying experiences as I try to buy a home (cooperative or a condominium) on a shoestring budget. I don’t live in Williamsburg. I don’t hang out in Bushwick. I’m not a hipster. I’m a real person, a young woman living and working in the “uncool” less gentrified part of Brooklyn.
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The Bedroom De-cluttered
I have made much progress on my de-cluttering plan from last
week. Of course there were some minor setbacks when I got some bad news from the
mortgage lender and I wasn’t able to concentrate on clearing the space. There were lesson learned during this process
too. One of those being that my bedroom is a lived in space. It’s not perfect.
I need to keep it to a level that I will be able to maintain it. I realized that I need to make a concentrated
effort every day to minimize clutter. It's ongoing. If I move something I need to put it back
in its original place. I wanted to share my progress so far.
able to organize my desk but most of my desk clutter just needed to be
rearranged. Nothing major here, though it looked atrocious in the original
photos. I think it looks better in the after photos. (And there are no clothing on the floor.)
I had already spoken about how emotional it
was to get rid of old pieces of paper because some of them had sentimental value.
But I realize that it got easier as I carried on clearing out items. I shredded
and threw away a lot of paper.
I think the bedroom looks great now. I've also sleep a lot easier now since there is less stuff in the room.
The gray trellis stenciled wall really accentuates the bedspread and red comforter.
I created a charity bag of clothing which I will continue to fill, once I tackle the clothing in the next few weeks. I hope you check back in the week to see the continued progress.
Hello, my name is Marissa. I’m
new to blogging. I don’t have a degree in design and I’m not a professional
decorator. I just love decorating. I love home improvement and
design shows. I love HGTV and apartmenttherapy.com. My favorite shows are House
Hunters, The High Low Project, The Property Brothers, Love It or List It and
Property Virgins. I’m also in the process of buying
my first home, a cooperative apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Buying a home is a giant step but it’s also an
expensive one too. I have big plans for my first home. However I'm now realizing that most of the work I planned for the home, I can't afford. I have been looking for a home
for several years, but seriously looking for about a year. Most of my friends live in
Brooklyn. I live and work in Brooklyn so it only made sense for me to stay
here. But Brooklyn real estate is not
cheap. My Coop wish lists were: a two
bedroom apartment, with lots of closet space, natural light and windows in the
kitchen and bathroom. I…
In the last few months, I started 2 new jobs and bought a car. But let
me start at the beginning. In 2016, I
made a resolution, along with the usual lose weight promises of years past,
this year I had a plan of focusing on my financial future. Managing my debt. I
asked myself what goals I wanted to accomplish in 2016 and developed a plan of
how to accomplished those goals. I made a vision board and then I drew my own
mind map. I was watching motivation videos on YouTube and TED talks. I would
watch Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey and be inspired. I was on a goal of financial self-improvement.
I made it a goal to find a higher paying job with my company.
I mastered the “tell me about yourself” question and practiced my response in
the mirror. I was confident. And after multiply revisions to my resume, careful
crafted cover letters and multiple interviews, my hard work paid off. I got a
job. Yeah me! Three years after graduate school, I finally got a job in my
field. With new job came …
The other day I met up with my good friend, Tracey, for
lunch. These days we always seem to talk more about our careers and financial
matters. Tracey and I are in the same
career field but have different kinds of responsibility. My job, for a large
government agency, requires me to spend long hours on my feet and travel to
many locations. Glamorous it’s not but it allows me a lot of autonomy. Tracey works on a yearly contract for a University in Manhattan. I
live in Brooklyn with a roommate. Tracey lives in Manhattan with a roommate. Tracey complained about her lack of autonomy and job
security. Tracey, like many people,
feels that she is underpaid for the life style that she wants to live. I
mentioned several times in this blog how totally uncool I am. I don’t hang out
in trendy coffee shops and don’t spend long hours queuing to get into the hottest
new restaurants. I don’t have a gym membership. Instead I take great pleasure
in finding free and inexpensive things to do around the …