This week I finally tackled a little DIY project here.
For a long time I’d been curious about why the window in our guest room felt so cold and drafty, despite the fact that I’d had a new window installed several years ago. I decided to pull the trim off from underneath the window and have a look.
Here’s what I discovered:
Yes, my friends, that is open sky and sunlight that you’re glimpsing through our guest room wall. We might well ask ourselves — did the installer use a dull bread knife to cut the hole?
I happened to have a can of insulating foam on hand, and it was a simple (and quite satisfying) task to fill the gap:
I replaced the trim and felt an immediate difference. The window felt snug, and the draft was gone.
My daughter slept in the room this week and remarked on its comfort, and how it was no longer chilly at night. I wonder how much expensive, heated air has slipped through the hole, and how much hot air has freely flown in during the summer. (Do you think this is why our guests never stayed more than a night or two?)
But the gap is closed, and that is one small step in the right direction.
Hang In There
I know that sometimes it can feel like our efforts aren’t very fruitful, and that we have so many literal and figurative gaps to fill on the journey to financial freedom. But collectively, the things we do will start to make a difference. I promise.
Putting our finances in order is much like decluttering the house. We might devote 15 minutes a day to reducing clutter, combined with self discipline not to bring more stuff in the house. In the beginning, the task seems insurmountable and the piles never seem to decrease. But with time and dedication, it does get better.
One day we look around and notice an improvement. We have more room, and with less stuff we can really appreciate the things we have. It becomes easier to keep the clutter out because we’ve developed good habits, and our home becomes a place of calm, not a source of stress.
Small Steps Add Up
The same is true with money. We might decide to save more, and resolve to have the self discipline to stop frittering money away on stuff. Some of our efforts — like making a homemade pizza instead of spending $20 for delivery, for instance — might seem so small we wonder if they will ever make a difference. But if stay dedicated to being resourceful and thoughtful about spending, over time the many dozens of things we do will add up.
One day we finally pay off a credit card, and then another, and then the day comes when we no longer spend every dime on credit card payments and interest…and that will be just the beginning of even better things.
Little by little, our efforts will make a difference.
So let’s stick together in this endeavor — and let’s keep filling the gaps.
Sending you hugs and encouragement this weekend,