April 11, 2010

Less Talk, More Action!




1. Moen, “Quinn” faucet chrome, $219.99
2. American Standard, Cadet 3 toilet set, $219.99
3. Euro Craft Marble and Granite, Marble Crema Marfil, $ LOTS.

Last Saturday, I went shopping with my Mom for her powder room, which has recently been completely gutted. We went out to look for many different things for the bathroom, and ended up almost purchasing everything she needs. We purchased the following items: counter top, sink, toilet, faucet, mirror, light fixture, soap dispenser and even the towels. It was a long day, but we got so much done - how did we do it? The key to our productive shopping spree was this: preparation and just picking something. My Mom and I had spent a few weeks emailing each other photos of possible items, and before we even left in the morning we had a basic understanding of what we wanted (at least for the big purchases). Now the second, 'just picking something', may seem simple but it is not that easy for some people (hint hint Mom hint hint). Acting on your gut instinct can be a scary thing, but you have to learn to trust yourself and your decisions. How many times have you found the perfect 'something', still insisted on looking at a million more - but ended up buying the first choice anyways? Instincts - we have them for a reason. Also, pick your battles. While looking for a toilet, we were both overwhelmed by all the choices. But to me, a toilet is a toilet. As long as it is a brand I trust (I usually rely on American Standard), then it should be an easy choice.

And on top of being productive, we had a great time! Or at least I did. We went to a bunch of my favourite stores for bathroom renovations: Home Depot (http://www.homedepot.ca/), Rona (http://www.rona.ca/), Home Sense (http://www.homesense.ca/), Splashes (http://www.splashesonline.com/), and Euro Craft Marble and Granite (http://eurocraftmarble.com/). They are all well priced, and about half of them have employees that are actually helpful (not mentioning any names, of course).

The only downfall to the day was the ‘Great Tape Measure Hunt of 2010’. As I stole my husband’s $25 tape measure and ran out the door, he shouted to me to not lose it. Well, we lost it. We spent the last hour of our crusade retracing out steps and revisiting all the stores again. We did not find it, but are pleased that someone in the Colwood/Langford District got a free tape measure. My husband – not so pleased.

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