Children · Finance · Furnishing

Rebuilding the Home

It’s a familiar refrain for men. The ex got most of the stuff from the house. Thankfully, I have a bed already for myself and my daughter, a desk, and a lounging chair that will probably go into my daughter’s room for reading time, but my dryer is unusable (gas vs. electric) in an apartment, so I’ll have to get either a new dryer or a new set. We’ll see how that goes.

Beyond that, everything needs to be replaced. Here’s the list of things I need to have either immediately or soon after I move in:

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Shower Curtain (x2)
  • Trash Can
  • Dishware
  • Bath Towels
  • Ironing Board
  • Iron
  • Crock Pot
  • Kids Towels
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer
  • Toolset
  • Cordless Drill
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Dining Room Set
  • Sleeper Sofa and Loveseat
  • Bookshelves

All said, at retail prices, that’s about $3k, which I don’t have right now, especially after the $3k I owe to the IRS (long story). I am not going into debt again, so needless to say, I’ll be looking for some bargains. My son will not be pleased that I consider a television, stand, and gaming system “non-essentials,” but he’s going to have to learn to interact with the world without the TV.

If I can get the immediate expenses down to about $1.5k or under, that would be ideal, but how much quality am I willing to sacrifice for immediacy? I hate being wasteful, but it would be good for the kids to have something to sit on sooner rather than later.


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