facelift http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6369/all en-US Cost of Rearranging the Furniture - $0. New Living Room - Priceless. http://www.wisebread.com/new-living-room-0-cost-of-rearranging-the-furniture-priceless <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/new-living-room-0-cost-of-rearranging-the-furniture-priceless" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/465852851_a341bac227.jpg" alt="small space living" title="small space living" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoPlainText">They say a change is as good as a rest. Well, they're right. My wife and I have had the same living room layout since we moved into our home. As our home is small, we just assumed it was the best arrangement for the space we had to work with. Then, one night as I steam-cleaned the carpets, my wife had a moment of inspiration that made all the difference.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">As I'm sure you know, steam-cleaning requires the furniture to be moved from the area you're sprucing up. Usually, we move it out of the way, clean, and put it back right over the indents left in the carpet. One thing we do not move is the upright piano, because it weighs about as much a baby elephant. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><em>&quot;What if we put the piano in front of the window?</em>&quot; my wife said. I scratched my head, and thought it was never going to work. After all, the living room doesn't get much light and blocking some of it with the piano wouldn't work, right? Wrong. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> The new arrangement worked. We suddenly had more room, more places for our girls to play, less clutter and a lot of brand-new looking carpet. The old arrangement had basically put the loveseat out of commission for watching TV; it was almost impossible to see the screen. Not so with the new layout. In fact, I was left wondering why we didn't do it this way in the first place. And the cost of this fresh new living space was nothing. Not one cent on anything new, we just moved things around and created a fresh new living space.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> This may seem like common sense to many of you, but I just thought we were stuck with the old layout because nothing else would work. And I was SO wrong. Now, at a time when money is very tight and moving out of a smaller home may not be possible, this may be a great alternative to buying anything new, be it a home or a small table.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Take a look at any living area in your home, from the bedroom to the back yard, and see if there is another way of making it work. Don't be afraid to move things around, if it doesn't work you can always move it back. You may be surprised at what you can create when just look at your old living spaces with fresh eyes. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> If you don't want to move things around, do a quick sketch. Use a tape measure to make things will fit. You can even use software to see it in 3D before you ever move a thing. But the point is, your oldest, lived-in space can be given a brand new lease of life by simply swapping a few items of furniture around. So, give it a try. You have nothing to lose but the old cobwebs under the coffee table. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> Oh, and for some ideas, check this book out:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1589233018?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1589233018">500 Ideas for Small Spaces: Easy Solutions for Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less </a><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoPlainText"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> <img width="140" height="140" alt="" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514pUfAklOL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg" /></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Great ideas for anyone looking to rearrange in a small space. It's available from trusted seller Amazon. <o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><!--EndFragment--><p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-living-room-0-cost-of-rearranging-the-furniture-priceless">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hold-off-on-heating-with-these-10-warming-ways-0">Hold Off On Heating with These 10 Warming Ways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks General Tips facelift free room small space Fri, 14 Aug 2009 20:00:03 +0000 Paul Michael 3499 at http://www.wisebread.com My dog's facelift http://www.wisebread.com/my-dogs-facelift <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my-dogs-facelift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Yongy_surgery.jpg" alt="yongy surgery" title="yong surgery" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="187" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I just spent $1200 on a facelift for my dog.</p> <p>Before you go telling me that I should be put down, let me explain that it wasn't elective surgery. My dog is a Pekingese, and say what you will, I don't think that there's much you can do to make a Pekingese look &quot;good&quot;. I mean, I love their ugly little mugs the way they are.</p> <p>But my dog kept getting these infections above his nose. His nose was pretty much indented into his face, so a profile was a complete inverse of what you'd expect from a profile - his nose being the innermost point on his face.</p> <p>Pekes tend to be a tad on the snotty side. Not so much in temperament (they're not often smart enough to be downright snooty) but in terms of mucus production. My dog, Yong Yong, is no exception. Anytime he breathes, he moves moisture all over the place. He sneezes when he is happy, sad, excited, disgusted, or really really put out. The result is that his wet little doggie nose keeps his face moist at all time - a great recipe for infection.</p> <p>After the sixth visit to the vet for an emergency supply of antibiotics, anti-bacterial wipes, anti-fungal creams, and some sort of doggie steroid to reduce inflammation, the vet put her foot down and said that I HAD to get Yong Yong's facial fold removed.</p> <p>I had heard of Pekingese getting facial surgery before, the most famous example being <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=News&amp;id=191761">Danny</a>, the prize-winning Peke whose surgery caused something akin to a scandal among dog show freaks everywhere. Danny's face surgery was akin to my dog's - something to help him breathe a little better.</p> <p>These days, surgery is quite advanced. Think that lasers are just for people? Think again. I've got a $300 laser fee to prove it. In fact, the actual procedure of removing the fold of skin above Yong Yong's nose was only $300 - the other $900 comes from &quot;fees&quot; - lab tech fee, O.R. fee, laser use fee. A fee for having anesthesia. That kind of thing. My dog's surgeon had told me that a non-specialist could perform the surgery for less, but I kind of figured that since it was my dog's FACE, I would go with the expert.</p> <p>I know it's a sign of terrible yuppiehood that I am not the kind to make my dog into a rug or something. But you don't know this dog. He's hilarious. Obedient, no. Smart, definitely not. Loyal? Far from it. Yong Yong consistently tries to leave with any pretty girl that walks by my house (and has done so since he was a puppy). But he's sweet, in a simple way, and loves kids. When he runs, he looks like he's trying to fly, with his tail down for the sake of aerodynamics and his front legs flapping wildly out to the sides. He tries to beat up on his brother and gets his tail handed to him.</p> <p>I find it hard to imagine life without Yong Yong. And I felt guilty watching him paw at his face, trying to scratch each painful infection.</p> <p>Of course, now that I have him back from the vet, I feel even worse. He's hopped up on pain meds, but whenever he's awake, he gazes at me with the saddest, &quot;How could you do this to me?&quot; expression. The lampshade over his head (to keep him from scratching his stitches) keeps making him run into things, which means that I have to try to keep from laughing out loud at him. His face is swollen and bloody, shaved bare and marred by small stitches. His eyes are watery and accusing. He already sort of looked like ET's furry cousin - now with the satellite dish around his neck, the transformation is complete.</p> <p>But I know that, in time, this will have been a worthwhile investment in his health. If we can get through a few good years in which we're not having to clean his face on an hourly basis, I will be satisfied with this experience. I'm sure Yong Yong will never forgive me, but he's hoping he learns to forget.</p> <p>By the way, if any youngsters are reading this and wondering what a good profession might be, I'd like to recommend veterinary surgery.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-dogs-facelift">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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