The second my daughter turned 13, she asked if she could join the world of Pinterest. As far as social media goes, we decided that it was pretty benign, and gave her the go ahead. One year and thousands of pins later, Liv has made herself a home built with virtual bricks and mortar.
A few months ago, she drew my attention to a board she’s labeled as “Bedroom= Sleepy Place”. Here she has saved 132 different ideas for things she’d love to have in her dream bedroom. There are several different types of reading chairs, some with built in book shelves and some that hang from the ceiling. There are lots of fancy comforter sets, a few chaise lounges, and one super cool chair that starts on the floor and curves up onto the wall.
Olivia seldom asks for anything, and she has always been very gracious about every gift she gets, even if it’s not the exact thing she asked for. So of course, seeing her sweet wishlist, I wanted to make her dreams come true. Or at least as much of it as I could. The problem was that it didn’t seem financially possible. While many of the things she’d pinned were within reach individually, it was out of the question to completely redo her room up to the standards she dreamed of. Well, that’s what I thought at first.
Then I got thinking. Her current bedroom set was still relatively new and in excellent condition. Maybe, just maybe, we could sell this storage bed and dresser and use only that money to do an overhaul on her room. That way it wouldn’t be a financial burden. I’m pretty good at selling stuff and at finding deals and cool used items through Craigslist and Facebook’s local selling pages, so if anyone can make this happen, it’s me.
I talked to Rick about the plan and he was on board. So, I listed her bedroom set and that very night, I received an email from someone who wanted to come the next day and pick it up. Of course they asked whether I was firm on the price and I confidently answered that I was. Afterall, I knew that the less money I got for it, the less money we’d have to makeover Liv’s room. They took the set away and we instantly started our search for Olivia’s real-life pins.
She and I sat down together and made a list of must-haves for the new room: a bed, a dresser, a nightstand, some sort of book shelf, and a comfy place to sit and read. Honestly, I was a little worried that the list was too big to be able to swing within the budget, and we were absolutely determined to only spend the money we’d made from selling the other bedroom set. We had the cash in hand, and kept it separate from all other monies so that we knew what we had at all times. Everything we bought, paint, accents, furniture, everything, had to be bought with that money. Liv made a new Pinterest board called “Actually Possible Bedroom Ideas” that were...actually possible, so we focused on finding as many things as we could that fit within that vision.
We worked our buns off, spent lots of time reviewing goals and budget, laughed a lot, and finally, she’s got the bedroom of her dreams. We were standing in her doorway, surveying our works, noting that they were, indeed good, and she told me, “I can’t believe this is my bedroom. It’s so much better than I thought it would be. It’s actually Pinterest-worthy.” My heart smiled and I sighed, “Oh, I’m so glad. I really wanted you to have the room of your dreams. You are such a good, good person. You work so hard and never complain or ask for anything. I just really wanted this for you.” She smiled her sweet smile and softly rubbed my back as I heard her say, “Thank you, Mom.”
And guess what? We still have $1. High fives all-around.