It was just recently that my wife and I started talking about replacing our old desk. A few years ago, we got this desk through craigslist when we were furnishing our apartment. We got a lot of great deals, including the desk for free (it came with the dresser that we got for $10). We are generally pretty frugal and can live with things not being perfect for the sake of saving money. We enjoy using our money for certain things like traveling, and so being intentional about saving money on certain areas is one of the reasons that we budget.
We finally decided to replace our desk and since we had a free Saturday, I decided it would be the day when we replace our desk and get a new one.
What I Hated About the Old Desk
Even though the old desk was still a legitimate desk, I never felt like I had enough space on it. It had one of those keyboard sections and as a result, there were annoying brackets under the desk. They were right where my legs would go and I would always hit my legs on them if I were not careful. UGH! Because, I wanted to start using our desk (instead of just taking up space), I decided to get rid of it and get a new one.
What I Like about our New Desk
The new desk is a huge improvement. It offers a lot more organization on the left side and offers a large desk space for doing work (like blogging). It also has a lot of room for my legs and no annoying brackets or keyboard section. It will go a long ways to making me use the desk and keeping me productive.
What Being Organized Costs
While I am happy that we made the improvement, it did cost me a lot of money. With the accessories, the desk cost about $200. I will probably be able to sell the old desk for $20-$30, but still… that is a lot of money. The reason that I can justify the expense is because it will help me stay organized and productive. This will give me lots more free time and improve my mood overall. Sometimes it’s nice to have new things.
I am glad that we can enjoy our new desk, but I also don’t want to communicate that you should be tied to physical items. The truth is that the desk is just a small piece of the puzzle. But, we had the money to spend on it because we are frugal elsewhere.