My life is filled with temporary solutions. “I’ll just put this here until…”
It is amazing how much time can pass with a bookshelf tucked into a corner until I decide where to actually place it. How many years can go by while we attempt to save enough money to replace the thing that is currently “weatherproofed” with a plastic bag taped over it.
“No!” I snarl at my partner, “Don’t you dare put that there! It’ll sit there for years!”
“Somewhere else. Somewhere I don’t have to look at it, reminding me that we still haven’t solved that problem.”
We got a new faucet. Another new faucet. And by some minor miracle, it was available in Sydney, and was on the clearance rack! So we “solved” our problem for $60, and there was much rejoicing.
But the real problem in our kitchen is that we need a double sink. We cook all the time, we generate 18 meals plus another 10 – 12 snacks a day. The stove is in use while the dishes are being washed, there is always somebody carrying things to the bathroom to get water or to wash things in the sink. The sink that we have is an odd size (34 inches long) with a (mumbledy-snarrgly) draining rack where the second sink should be… which means that to replace the sink, we need to replace the counter. And to replace the counter, the sink and the faucet is more like a $800 – $1000 project… and would probably leave us without a kitchen for several days-to-weeks if our previous experience with home renovations is anything to go by… which is why it still hasn’t been done after nearly 6 years of owning the house.
And these are the snarly types of first world problems. They cause irritation on a daily basis, because the solution is so obvious. But we slap on “temporary” solutions and then live with them for years.
What I have learned from this is… if you are going to create a temporary solution, it better be something that you’re prepared to live with for a really long time. Because once the temporary solution has been implemented, the problem is downgraded from urgent to irritating. And something else (like the car going “boing! thunk” around corners… for a completely random example) will be more pressing. Possibly forever.
Or at least until it’s time to sell the house and you have to fix all the things that nobody in their right mind would be willing to live with.