{What’s making me happier?} 11 – a story about a bath

When we looked at this house, I loved almost everything even though it wasn’t all too my taste.

One thing I knew I couldn’t live with was the 70s brown bathroom, as I called it.


However, renovating a bathroom is not something I have the energy for after this move, and more importantly, the money.

In the old house, we’d re-enamelled the bath when we first moved in and it still looks just fine, 11 years later.

So that’s what we decided to do.

When I was googling, I saw that they can re-enamel everything so we had the bath, basin, soap dish, toilet roll holder, bathroom vanity and shower done.

I can’t believe the change.

It’s like night and day 🙂

Now I don’t have to think about it for the next couple of years!


When I mentioned to a friend what we were planning to do, she told me she’d rather wait and get the bathroom redone properly in two years time, rather than do the quick-fix solution now.

My thinking was that if I have to look at that brown bathroom for two years, I’d go mad. So I preferred a good enough solution for now.

I think it’s what Gretchen Rubin calls maximiser vs satisficer, a concept I’ve written about before.

So tell me, what would you do about the bathroom situation?

Are you a maximiser or a satisficer?

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  1. I am both maximiser and satisficer. IT really depends on the situation AND the costs involved. Sometimes one needs to shop around for a better offer. I don’t like to spend big money on the same thing more than once. I will only do a quick fix solution if it is VERY cheap. Otherwise, I will save and spend decent money on something proper that I REALLY want.

  2. Hi Marcia, I have been a long time reader of your blogs but this is a first time comment/question. Who did you use for the re-enameling …. I didn’t even know this was something that could be done! I would like to do this but would obviously like to use someone who comes recommended.


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