So this is the first post for this blog. I am, like everyone else, on a tight budget (of nearly nothing!). I would like to start things with a basic observation, found through desperate searches for cheap and free ways to organize, cook, garden, and craft: When you can’t go out and buy whatever you want , you are forced to think creatively.
I needed a desk of some sort to keep a laptop on, organize random crap: you know, the usual. But I assumed I did not have this option as my “good” desk resides with my family and spending more than ten dollars on anything other than essential food items was absolutely out of the question. Then I was perusing through Pinterest, and, alas, I saw an idea for a makeshift desk. Now the thought process began: I could use cheap plastic drawers that I had lying around and some sort of board to cross between them. My idea had to be modified a bit: I don’t have as many drawers, and I ended up using an old fold-out table instead of going out and buying a board- but that is the beauty of this situation. Simply put, I had been forced to modify another concept into one of my own that would fit my unique needs. Because I didn’t have the money to go out and copy what I saw, I had to be creative.
This process of seeing other ideas and transferring them to fit our own needs is the act of inspiration. And being inspired can save you a lot of money– my desk that I am using now (while still in-progress) literally cost nothing. So perhaps before we all despair over a less-than-perfect economy, we can look at the silver lining: our creative insights our being forced out into the daylight.