We are settled in to our new place- for the most part. And we did it without the typically huge, expensive supermarket trip to get/replace a bunch of things that the new place “needs.” We did buy two things: cleaning supplies (the toxic kind which we HATE but will use only if desperate to do a once over of something in really rough shape- like our new tub) and a drain stopper so that we could give our son a bath (after we thoroughly, and I mean thoroughly, rinse the tub).
The only other thing that we need are some lamps since the switches on the ones we had won’t be reachable behind our couches in the new set up. Seems a simple fix. Just buy some lamps. But in the last few weeks of scouring the internet and multiple stores for the perfect price point, size, shape, color, etc, I can tell you it is not.
And in the midst of my search, I stumbled upon this TED talk which some of you have probably already seen as it is from 2005. (I guess I was out of the loop back then.) The message is no less relevant today. Contrary to popular belief, more choices can make us more miserable. A powerful message for keeping things simple.
The living room lamps which by now I have wasted countless hours agonizing over and still have nothing to show for it, are a great example.
It’s time to settle this once and for all, so that I can get back to living my life. Today, lamps will be bought.